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Abdul Latif Khan

Abdul Latif Khan

Nationality : Oman
Position : UoN Chair of Oman’s Medicinal Plants and Marine Natural Products, University of Nizwa, Nizwa, Oman.
Field of study : Endophytic fungi, Abiotic stress, Secondary metabolites, Plant physiology, Plant and mMcrobial Genomics
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Biography

Dr. Abdul Latif Khan received his B.Sc and M.Sc degree in distinction from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. Then he joined Ethnobotany Project of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Pakistan). He worked as a Conservation officer for three years at People and Plant International (UK) for the training of local communities of Swat (Pakistan) in medicinal plant conservation and sustainable use. Later, he joined the Department of Chemistry, Kohat University of Science & Technology, Kohat, Pakistan to complete his M.Phil in Organic Chemistry. During his studies, he was awarded a JASSO research fellowship by the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He worked in Gene Research Center on isolating and characterizing bioactive secondary metabolites from endemic medicinal plants of Himalaya, Pakistan. Dr. Khan was selected as an honorary scholarship student by Kyungpook National University, South Korea for a Ph.D. degree in Agronomy.

He was selected as BrainKorea 21 (BK21) fellow for two years during his Ph.D. studies. After his Ph.D., he remained a Post-Doctorate fellow at School of Applied Biosciences. He worked as Research Professor at the Institute of Agriculture Science & Technology, Kyungpook National University, South Korea. Dr. Khan also worked as Assistant Professor at the Department of Botany, Kohat University of Science & Technology, Kohat Pakistan. He has successfully published 78 research articles as a principal and co-author in the journals of international repute and impact factor. His research activities focused on plant-microbe interaction, plant hormonal regulation, microbial bioremediation, and secondary metabolite production by endophytic fungi.

Acamedics:
  •  PhD majoring Plant Physiology; School of Applied Biosciences, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea. From Feb 2009 to Aug 2011. Dissertation “Interactions of Endophytic Fungi with plants under Abiotic Stress Environment” supervised by Prof. Dr. In-Jung Lee.
  • Master of Philosophy Phytochemistry: from School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Japan and Department of Chemistry, Kohat University of Science & Technology, Kohat Pakistan. From Feb 2006 to Feb 2008. Thesis “Phytochemical and Allelopathic analysis of Inula falconeri and related species” supervised by Prof. Dr. Javid Hussain and Prof. Dr. K. N. Watanabe.
  • Master of Science Environmental Sciences from Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. From Aug 2000 to Dec 2002. Thesis title was “Non-Timer Forest Products of Pakistan” Supervised by Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari.
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences; Government Post-Graduate College, Kohat; University of Peshawar, Pakistan. From Aug 1998 to Aug 2000
 WORKING/RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
  • Assistant Professor/Researcher, UoN Chair of Oman’s Medicinal Plants and Marine Natural Products, University of Nizwa, Oman (Sept 25th, 2012 ~)
  • Assistant Professor (Plant Sciences), Department of Botany, Kohat University of Science & Technology, Kohat Pakistan (July 2012 to Oct 2012)
  • Visiting Research Professor at Institute of Agriculture Science & Technology, Kyungpook National University, South Korea (June 2012 ~)
  •  Post-Doctorate Fellow at School of Applied Biosciences, Kyungpook National University, South Korea (Sept 2011 to June 2012)
  • Visiting Lecturer: “Allelopathy” M.Phil course at the Department of Botany, Kohat University of Science & Technology, Kohat Feb 2012 Apr 2012

 

RESEARCH EXPERTISE:
  • Plant growth regulation under various environmental stresses
  • Microbial physiology for mediating inorganic; metal stress plant physiology
  • Oxidative stress indicators enzymatic; antibacterial, antifungal, cytotoxicity, phytotoxicity, radical scavenging activities like DPPH, ABTS etc
  • Plant hormonal analysis (Jasmonic acid, Abscisic acid, gibberellins, IAA, salicylic acid, ethylene) using GC/MS-SIM and HPLC systems
  • Plant RNA extraction, expression analysis using RT-PCR
  • Microbes isolation, identification (DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing and phylogenetic analysis), extra cellular enzymes analysis, phytohormonal (gibberellins and auxin) analysis in endophytic fungal medium, plant microbe interaction, microscopic analysis (light and field emission scanning electron microscope)
  • Secondary metabolites isolation from microbes and medicinal plants through chromatography