Dr. Shams Tabrez Khan



    Associate Professor


    Applied Microbiology, Nanomaterials and Microbes, Microbial Taxonomy, Alternative Antimicrobials, Microbes mediated Nutrient uptake


    4/1091-D, Near ADA colony, Sir Syed Nagar, Aligarh 202002





    Time Table for M.Sc. (Ag.) Microbiology


Dr Shams Tabrez Khan, Associate Professor, obtained a PhD degree (2002) from Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan and worked as Research staff at the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation, Kisarazu, Japan (2003-2008). He later joined JBIC (Japan Biological Informatics Consortium) and AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tokyo) as Research Scientist (2008-2011). He took a position as an Assistant Professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2011 and continued there till he joined Aligarh Muslim University w.e.f. 15th May 2017. 

 He has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and has presented his work at 15 international conferences. He was also awarded a Japanese govt. Patent for discovering a novel carotenoid adonixanthin diglucoside. As a part of the Japanese govt. initiative to establish a national-level microbial culture collection (NBRC), Dr Shams successfully discovered many new genera and species from marine sediments. These strains are commercially available through several culture collections like CIP France (The Collection of Institut Pasteur) and DSMZ Germany. He recently published an invited chapter in Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria, an authoritative international source of information for bacterial classification and identification.

Dr Shams has worked on diverse projects, including designing a PHB-based solid-phase denitrification system, Cloning biosynthetic gene clusters, marine microbiology, microbial taxonomy, and developing a biosensor for Brucella, etc. Dr Khan has been granted a SPARC Project by the MHRD Govt. of India in collaboration with Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

The major area of current research interest is Molecular microbiology and its applications, Marine bacteria and their biotechnological application,  Alternative antimicrobials, Microbial taxonomy and culturing of unculturable bacteria,  Plant microbiome and plant probiotics Nanomaterials and their applications as antimicrobial agents.

  1. Key Publications

    Khan ST and Malik A. (2019). Engineered nanomaterials for water decontamination and purification: From lab to products. Journal of Hazardous Materials 363, 295–308.

    Khan ST, Ahmad J, Ahamed M, Jousset A (2018) Sublethal doses of widespread nanoparticles promote antifungal activity in Pseudomonas protegens CHA0. Science of the Total Environment 627, 658–662.

    Khan ST, Khan M, Ahmad J, Wahab R, AbdâlElkader OH, Musarrat J, Alkhathlan HZ, Al-Kedhairy AA. (2017) Thymol and carvacrol induce autolysis, stress, growth inhibition and reduce the biofilm formation by Streptococcus mutans. AMB Express. 7:49.

    M Khan, SF Adil, HZ Alkhathlan, MN Tahir, S Saif, M Khan, Khan ST. (2020) COVID-19: a global challenge with old history, epidemiology and progress so far. Molecules 26 (1), 39

    Khan ST, Ahmad J, Ahamed M, Musarrat J, Al-Khedhairy AA. (2016) Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide nanoparticles induce oxidative stress, inhibit growth, and attenuate biofilm formation activity of Streptococcus mitis. JBIC Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 21(3), 295-303.

    Khan ST, Komaki H, IzumikawaM, Motohashi K, Takagi M and Shinya K. (2011) Streptomyces associated with a marine sponge Haliclona sp.; biosynthetic genes for secondary metabolites and products. Environmental microbiology. 13, 391-403.

    Khan ST, Tamura T, Takagi M and Shinya K. (2010) Streptomyces tateyamensis sp. nov., Streptomyces marinus sp. nov. and Streptomyces haliclonae sp. nov., three novel species of Streptomyces isolated from marine sponge Haliclona sp. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 60, 2775-2779.

    Khan ST, Horiba Y, Yamamoto M and Hiraishi A. (2002) Members of the family Comamonadaceae as primary poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)-degrading denitrifiers in activated sludge as revealed by a polyphasic approach. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 68, 3206-3214.

    Hiraishi A and Khan ST. (2003) Application of polyhydroxyalkanoates for denitrification in water and wastewater treatment. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 61, 103-109.

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  1. Publication List