Prof. Altaf Ahmad





    Nanobiotechnology; Proteomics


    AMU campus





    Time Table Even Semester 2020-21

Professor Altaf Ahmad earned his M.Sc. in Botany from the CCS University, Meerut in 1993 and Ph.D. in Botany from the Jamia Hamdard in 1998. Subsequently, he worked at Indian Agricultural Research Institute as Research Associate. He then joined Jamia Hamdard as Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany. At the Jamia Hamdard, he established a state-of-the-art molecular biology laboratory in the Department of Botany and worked on the identification of candidate genes for low-N tolerance in wheat and rice through analysis of proteome profile and differentially expressed miRNAs. In 2008, he was Visiting Scientist at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University, USA on Biotechnology Overseas Associateship of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and got advanced training on the development of FRET-based genetically encoded nanosensors for real time monitroing of amino acids. He also visited University of Freiburg, Germany on INSA-DFG Fellowship in 2013 to study differential expression of root-specific nine sulfate transporter genes of poplar by Real time-PCR. Dr. Ahmad has research experience of 18 years. Currently, he is developing FRET-based genetically encoded nanosensors for real time monitoring of various metabolites in living cells. He is also studying the proteome profiling of nutrient-efficient and nutrient-inefficient crop plants. He has to his credit more than 100 significant publications. Dr. Ahmad has presented his work at several national and international conferences, including 3rd International Crop Science Congress, 2000 (Germany), XIV International Plant Nutrition Colloquium, 2001 (Germany), 10th Congress of European Society of Photobiology, 2003 (Austria), International Conference on Reduced Nitrogen in Ecology and Environment, 2006 (Austria), 4th International Nitrogen Conference, 2007 (Brazil) and International Botanical Congresses, 2005 & 2011 (Austria & Australia). A regular reviewer and on the panel of editorial boards of National and International journals, Dr. Ahmad is also member of important National and International scientific societies. He has guided thesis research of 18 Ph.D. students (8 as supervisor and 10 as co-supervisor) and over 30 M.Sc. students. He has organized several national and international seminars/symposia. Dr. Ahmad handled several research projects funded by various agencies like DST, DBT, CSIR, UGC, CCRUM, ICAR and INSA. He also worked as Deputy Coordinator of UGC-SAP Project of the Department of Botany, Jamia Hamdard. Based on his research contribution, Dr. Ahmad has been honoured with the INSA Medal for Young Scientist (2003) and Professor LSS Kumar Memorial Award (2003) of Indian National Science Academy, Young Scientist Award (2005) of Council of Science & Technology, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, and elected as Associate of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He also received Young Scientist Award of Academy for the Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, conferred by the then Hon'ble President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
  1. Publication

    Ahmad M, Anjum NA, Ahmad A (2020). Real-time monitoring of glutathione in living cells using in-house developed genetically encoded FRET-based ratiometric nanosensor. Scientific Reports-Nature 10, Article number 992 (IF = 3.998)

    Singh S, Sharma MP, Ahmad A (2020). Construction and characterization of protein-based cysteine nanosensor for the real time measurement of cysteine level in living cells. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 143: 273-284 (IF = 4.94)

    Frukh A, Siddiqi TO, Khan MIR, Ahmad A (2020). Modulation in growth, biochemical attributes and proteome profile of ricecultivars under salt stress. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 146: 55-70 (IF = 3.72)

    Kausar H, Ambrin G, Okla MK, Soufan W, Al-Ghamdi AA, Ahmad A (2020). Metabolic flux analysis of catechin biosynthesis pathways using nanosensor.  Antioxidants 9: 288 (IF = 5.014)

    Sharma Y, Ahmad A, Yavvari PS, Muwal SK, Bajaj A, and Khan F (2019) Targeted SHP-1 silencing modulates the macrophage phenotype, leading to metabolic improvement in dietary obese mice. Molecular Therapy: Nucleic Acids 16: 626-636 (IF = 7.032)

    Ahmad M, Mohsin M, Iqrar S, Siddiqi TO, Manzoor O, Ahmad A (2018) Live cell imaging of vitamin B12 dynamics by genetically encoded fluorescent nanosensor. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 257: 86-874 (IF = 7.100)

    Malcheska M, Ahmad A, Batool S, Müller HM, Ludwig-Müller J, Kreuzwieser J, Randewig D, Hänsch R, Mendel RR, Hell R, Wirtz M, Geiger D, Ache P, Hedrich R, Herschbach C and Rennenberg H (2017). Drought-enhanced xylem sap sulfate closes stomata by affecting ALMT12 and guard cell ABA synthesis. Plant Physiology 174: 1–18 (IF = 6.42)

    Ahmad M, Ameen S, Siddiqi TO, Khan P and Ahmad A (2016) Live cell monitoring of glycine betaine by FRET-based genetically encoded nanosensor. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 86: 169–175 [IF = 10.257]

    Ameen S, Ahmad M, Mohsin M, Qureshi MI, Ibrahim MM, Abdin MZ and Ahmad A (2016) Designing, construction and characterization of genetically encoded FRET-based nanosensor for real time monitoring of lysine lux in living cells. Journal of Nanobiotechnology 14: 49 [IF = 5.210]

    Yousuf PY, Ganie AH, Khan I, Qureshi MI, Ibrahim MM, Iqbal M and Ahmad A (2016) Nitrogen-efficient and nitrogen-inefficient Indian mustard showed differential expression pattern of proteins in response to elevated CO2 and low nitrogen. Frontiers in Plant Science 7: 1074. [IF = 4.402]

    Nazir M, Pandey R, Siddiqi TO, Ibrahim MM, Qureshi MI, Vengavasi K, Abraham G and Ahmad A (2016) Nitrogen-deficiency stress induces protein expression differentially in low-N tolerant and low-N sensitive maize genotypes. Frontiers in Plant Science 7: 298. [IF = 4.402]

    Mohsin M and Ahmad A (2014). Genetically-encoded nanosensor for quantitative monitoring of methionine in bacterial and yeast cells Biosensors and Bioelectronics 59: 358-364 [IF = 10.257]

    Mohsin M, Abdin MZ, Nischal L, Kardam H and Ahmad A (2013). Genetically encoded FRET-based nanosensor for in vivo measurement of leucine. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 50: 72-77 [IF = 10.257]

    Nischal L, Mohsin M, Khan I, Kardam H, Wadhwa A, Abrol YP, Iqbal M and Ahmad A (2012) Identification and comparative analysis of microRNAs associated with low-N tolerance in rice genotypes. PLoS ONE 7(12): e50261.  [IF = 2.766]

    Ahmad A, Khan I, Abrol YP and Iqbal M (2008) Genotypes variation in nitrogen use efficiency of mustard. Environmental Pollution 154: 462-466. [IF = 4.358]

    Ahmad A, Khan I, Abrol YP and Iqbal M (2005) Role of sulphate transporter systems in sulphate efficiency of mustard genotypes. Plant Science 169: 842-846 [IF = 3.712]