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Prof. Dr. Tanveer Hussain

National Textile University/Rector (PAKISTAN)

Father’s name: Prof. Dr.  Tanveer Hussain

Present posting: National Textile University/Rector (PAKISTAN)

Permanent address: H. No. 4, Executive Block, Park View City, Multan Road Lahore.

Mobile/Telephone: +92-41-9230099

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Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nauman Aftab

Professor (Tenured) Institute of Industrial Biotechnology,

Government College University, Lahore

Father’s name: Prof (r) Aftab Ahmad

Present posting: Director/Professor, Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, GC University, Lahore

Permanent address: H. No. 4, Executive Block, Park View City, Multan Road Lahore.

Mobile/Telephone: 0344-4704190, 042-35411220


Prof. Dr. Rahmatullah Qureshi

Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PAKISTAN)

Father’s name: Prof. Dr. Rahmatullah Qureshi

Present posting: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PAKISTAN)


Post-Doc Biotechnology/Cancer Biology (Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, Orlando (Florida), United States (2013)

Ph.D (RNA Biology/Bioinformatics) Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing,China (2008)

Ph.D (Biotechnology/Botany) Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Government College University, Lahore (2010)

M.Phil. (Microbiology) Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (1995-1997)

M.Sc. (Biological Sciences) Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (1993-1995)

B.Sc. (Botany, Zoology, Chemistry) Islamia University, Bahawalpur (1990-1992)

F.Sc. (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) Govt. College of Science, Lahore (1988-90)

Matric (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) Crescent Model School, Lahore (1978-1988)



  • M.A. History (Punjab University, 2015)

  • One year Diploma in Islamic Banking (Technical Education and Manpower Training (2010-2011)

  • 8 months Chinese Language course (Beijing Language University, Beijing, China, 2008-09)

  • 4 week Arabic language course (July, 2010)

  • 3 months short course from Quran Academy (2010)

  • 2 week workshop on Islamic Banking (Alhuda Center of Islamic Banking and Economics) (June, 2012)

  • 6 week Arabic course (July-August, 2009)

  • 4 weeks short course on Industrial Biotechnology (2014)

  • 8 months online course on Bioinformatics (2015)

  • 3 months Russian Language course (March-May, 2019)



Director, Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, GC University Lahore

Professor, Government College University, Lahore (19th Aug, 2019 todate)

Associate Professor, Government College University, Lahore (30th Jan, 2015 to 18th Aug, 2019

Assistant Professor, Government College University, Lahore (19th July, 2008 to 29 January, 2015)

Lecturer in Biology, Govt. Degree College Daska/Sialkot (4th January, 2000 – 18th July, 2008)

Section Officer, Education Department, Punjab Civil Secretariat, Lahore (30th June, 1999 to 3rd Jan, 2000)

Lecturer in Biology at Government College Gogera, Okara (30th May, 1997 to 29th June, 1999)

Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

(19th September, 1995 to 29th May,1997)



  • Ph.D Students:        08

  • M/Phil Students:     70

  • B.Sc (H) Students:  82



  1. Patent No. 2021106012A ranking algorithm to pick up critical scenarios of fluctuation patterns from the uncertain renewable energy production using machine learning

  2. Patent No. 202241076373. Artificial Intelligence based prevention and Implications of cancer stem cells in diabetes and pancreatic cancer diagnose this disease at an earlier stage using Deep Learning algorithms

  3. Patent No. 202241074692Automatic smart Health care System to prevent and detection of all types of Tumors based on bacteria to enhance anti-tumor immunotherapy using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Algorithms

  4. Patent No 202241073319Impact of Green HRM Practices on Environmental Performance

  5. Patent No. 202241070928IoT based Automatic detection and prevention of all types of leaf disease and other environmental factors using AI camera, WSN and Machine learning algorithms

  6. Patent No 202141045064To develop a portable sensor to measure food quality.

  7. Patent No 202141045060Develop of antimicrobial based chitasan sheet using gingerly oil and bacterium lactococcus lactis

  8. Patent No 202141037730Boosting framework for semi-supervised learning with limited number of labeled examples and a multitude of unlabeled examples

  9. Patent No 202141037738General framework to handle large class of inference problems using label sequence learning from realtime monitoring videos

  10. Patent number: 2021106012A ranking algorithm to pick up critical scenarios of fluctuation patterns from the uncertain renewable energy production using machine learning



02 research products are commercialized. One is probiotic to be used in poultry feed. Other is alpha amylase to be used in textile industry.



Chief Executive of a NGO, Al-Hadayah Foundation. This NGO is working for the improvement of education in Pakistan.



  1. Sumaira Mazhar, Beenish Sarfaras, Aisha Waheed Qureshi, Sikander Ali, Muhammad Nauman Aftab and Iram Liaqat. Chemical strategies for combating microbial films. Understanding antibiofilm activity. Nova Publishers, 2022.

  2. Aisha Waheed Qureshi, Sumaira Mazhar, Beenish Sarfaraz, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Iram liaqat. Perspectives on current information and furure potential for antibiofilm approaches in health care systems. Understanding antibiofilm activity. Nova Publishers, 2022.

  3. Iram Liaqat, abar Gulab, Muhammad Nauman Aftab. Honey potential as antibacterial, antobiofilm, antiquorum sensing and biofilm dispersal agent against pathogenic bacteria. Biofilms: Advances in research and applications. Nova Publishers, 2021.

  4. Mohammad Pooya Naghshbandi, Meisam Tabatabaei, Mortaza Aghbashlo, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, and Irfana Iqbal. "Metabolic Engineering of microalgae for biofuel production". Methods in Molecular Biology (Springer) 2020;1980:153-172. doi: 10.1007/7651_2018_205. 2020.

  5. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ahmet Karadag, Ruqaiza Mahuddin, Irfana Iqbal. Cellulose-based bionanocomposites. (Bionanocomposites: Green Synthesis and Applications) (Elsvier). 2020.

  6. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Irfana Iqbal, Fatima Riaz, Ahmet Karadag and Meisam Tabatabaei. Different Pretreatment Methods of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Use in Biofuel Production. Doi. 10.5772/intechopen.84995. InTech Open. 2019.



  1. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Abdul Hameed, Ikram-ul-Haq, Runsheng Chen. Biodegradation of Leather Waste by Enzymatic Treatment. The Chinese Journal of Process Engineering. 6 (3): 462-465, 2005.

  2. Housheng He, Lun Cai, Geir Skogerbø, Wei Deng, Tao Liu, Xiaopeng Zhu, Yudong Wang, Dong Jia,Zhihua Zhang,Yong Tao, Haipan Zeng, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Yan Cui,Guozhen Liu, and Runsheng Chen. Profiling Caenorhabditis elegans non-coding RNA expression with a combined microarray. Nucleic Acid Research. 34 (10): 2976-2983, 2006. (IF: 8.3)

  3. Bilal HaiderAbbasi, Khalique Ahmed, FeerozaKhalique, Najma Ayub, Hai Jun Liu, Syed Asad Raza Kazmi and Muhammad NaumanAftab. Rearing the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpaarmigera,on a tapioca-based artificial diet. Journal of Insect Science. 7: 1-7, 2006. (IF: 0.9)

  4. Jia D, Cai L, He H, Skogerbo G, Li T T, Aftab M Nauman, Chen R. Systematic identification of non-coding RNA 2,2,7-trimethylguanosine cap structures in Caenorhabditis elegans. BMC Molecular Biology. 8: 86, 2007. (IF: 3.37)

  5. Ikram-ul-Haq, Roheena Abdullah, Hamid Mukhtar, Muhammad NaumanAftab. Fermentation Kinetics of Media Optimization for the Production of Alpha Amylase by a New Isolate of Aspergillus Oryzae. Microbiology. 2007.

  6. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, He Huosheng, GeirSkogerbo and Chen Rensheng. Microarray analysis of ncRNA expression pattern in Caenorhabditis elegans after RNAi against snoRNA associated proteins. BMC Genomics. 9:278, 2008. (IF: 4.4)

  7. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ikram-ul-Haq and Shah JehanBaig. Enhanced production of bacitracin by a mutant strain Bacillus licheniformisUV-MN-HN-8. Pakistan Journal of Botany. 42(3): 2095-2103. 2010. (IF: 1.2)

  8. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ikram-ul-Haq and Shah JehanBaig. Optimization of different parameters for the production of bacitracin in synthetic medium by Bacillus licheniformismutant strain UV-MN-HN-8 Pakistan journal of Science. 62 (2): 99-107, 2010.

  9. TehreemaIftikhar, MubashirNiaz, M. Anjum Zia, RukhsanaJabeen, and Muhammad Nauman Aftab. Biosynthesis of extracellular lipases by Bacillus sp. (MBLB-3) in relation to the nutritional conditions. Pakistan Journal of Botany43(5): 2587-2591, 2011.(IF: 1.2)

  10. Sana Zahoor, Muhammad MohsinJaved, Muhammad Nauman Aftab & Ikram-ul-Haq. Cloning and expression of β-glucosidase gene from Bacillus licheniformis into E. coli BL 21 (DE3). Biologia. 66 (2): 213-220. 2011. (IF: 0.50)

  11. Muhammad NaumanAftab, Ikram-ul-Haq and Shah JehanBaig. Systematic mutagenesis method for enhanced production of bacitracin by Bacillus licheniformismutant strain UV-MN-HN-8. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology. vol.43, n.1, pp. 78-88, 2012.  (IF: 0.9)

  12. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Muhammad MohsinJaved and Ikram-ul-Haq. Depletion of Y associated proteins by RNAi down regulates the Y RNA in Caenorhabditis elegans. Pakistan Journal of Botany 44: 199-202, 2012. (IF: 1.2)

  13. Saima Aftab, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ikram-Ul-Haq, Muhammad MohsinJaved, Asma Zafar and Irfana Iqbal. Cloning and expression of endo-1, 4-β-Glucanase gene from Bacillus licheniformis 14580 into E. coli BL 21 (DE 3). African Journal of Biotechnology. 11(12), 2846-2854, 2012. (IF: 0.5)

  14. Sana Zahoor, Muhammad Mohsin Javed, Muhammad NaumanAftab and Ikram-ul-Haq. Isolation and Molecular identification of a facultatively anaerobic bacterium from hot springs of Azad Kashmir. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 44: 329-333, Special Issue, 2012. (IF: 1.2)

  15. Muhammad Mohsin Javed, Sana Zahoor, Sarah Shafaat, IffatMehmooda, Ambreen Gul, Huma Rasheed, Ali Imran Bukhari, Muhammad NaumanAftab and Ikram-ul-Haq. Wheat bran as a brown gold: Nutritious value and its biotechnological applications. African Journal of Microbiology Research. 6(4), 724-733, 2012. (IF:  0.54)

  16. Joseph Mazar, Wei Zhao, Ahmad M. Khalil, Bongyong Lee, John Shelley, Subramaniam S. Govindarajan, Fumiko Yamamoto, Maya Ratnam, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Sheila Collins, Brian N. Finck, Xianlin Han, John S. Mattick, Marcel E. Dinger, and Ranjan J. Perera. The functional characterization of long noncoding RNA SPRY4-IT1 in human melanoma cells. Oncotarget. 5(19):8959-69.2014 (IF: 6.64) 

  17. Bongyong, Lee, Mazar Joseph, Aftab Muhammad N, Qi Feng, Shelley John, Li Jian-Liang, et al. 2014. Long noncoding RNAs as putative biomarkers for prostate cancer detection. The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics : JMD 16 (6): 615-26. 2014(IF: 4.8)

  18. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Marcel E Dinger, Ranjan J Perera. The role of microRNAs and long non-coding RNAs in the pathology, diagnosis, and management of melanoma. Archives in Biochemistry and Biophysics, 24;563:60-70, 2014. (IF:3.3)

  19. B.  Lee, J. Mazar, M. N. Aftab, F. Qi, J.L. Li, S. Govindarajan, D. Kameh, V. Patel, R. Perera.Identification and characterization of long noncoding RNA markers for prostate cancer detection. European Urology Supplements 13(1):E105. 2014 (IF 3.37).

  20. Irfana Iqbal, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Mohammed Afzal, Asad Ur-Rehman, SaimaAftab, Asma Zafar, Zia Ud-Din, Ateeque Rahman Khuharo, Jawad Iqbal, IkramUl-Haq. Purification and characterization of cloned alkaline          protease gene of Geobacillus stearothermophilus. Journal of Basic Microbiology. 16;55 (2):160-71, 2014. (IF: 1.8)

  21. Asad-ur-Rehman, Alia Aslam, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, RabiaAjmal and Ikram-ul-Haq. Production and characterization of a thermostable bioplastic (poly-β-hydroxybutyrate) from Bacillus cereus NRRL-B-3711. Pakistan Journal of Botany 48(1): 349-356, 2016(IF: 1.2).

  22. Asma Zafar, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Zia ud Din, Saima Aftab, Irfana Iqbal, AnamShahid, Arifa Tahir, IkramulHaq. Cloning, Expression, and Purification of Xylanase Gene from Bacillus licheniformis for use in Saccharification of Plant Biomass. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1007/s12010-015-1872-z. 2015. (IF: 1.8).

  23. Asma Zafar, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ziauddin, SaimaAftab, Irfana Iqbal, Ikram-ul-Haq. Cloning, purification and characterization of a highly thermostable amylase gene of Thermotogapetrophila into Escherichia coli. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s12010-015-1912-8 (IF: 1.8).

  24. Bilqees Fatima, Muhammad Nauman Aftab and Ikram-ul-Haq. Cloning, purification and characterization of xylose isomerase from Thermotoga napthophila. 2016. Journal of Basic Microbiology 56(9):949-62. (IF:1.8).

  25. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Hamid Mukhtar and Ikram-ul-Haq. Production and characterization of tannase from a newly isolated Bacillus subtilis. Pakistan Journal of Botany. 48(3): 1263-1271, 2016 (IF: 0.65).

  26. Irfana Iqbal, Mohammad Afzal, Muhammad N. Aftab, Farkhanda Manzoor, Afshan Kaleem and Ahmad Kaleem. Hepatotoxicity of Cassia fistula extracts in experimental chicks and assessment of clinical parameters. Kuwait Journal of Science. 43 (3) 135-141, 2016 (IF: 0.31).

  27. Muhammad N. Aftab, Asma Zafar & Ali R. Awan Expression of thermostable β-xylosidase in Escherichia coli for use in saccharification of plant biomass. Bioengineered, 2017. 8:5, 665-669. 2017; 8(5):665-669 (IF:1.8)

  28. Zia-ud-Din and Muhammad Nauman Aftab. Comparative effects of three different poultry manures on lentil Lens culinary. Pakistan Journal of Botany. 49(1): 95-100, 2017 (IF:0.65)

  29. Muhammad N. Aftab, Asma Zafar, Irfana Iqbal. Optimization of saccharification potential for plant biomass of recombinant xylanase from Bacillus licheniformis. Bioengineered  8:1-7, 2018 (IF: 1.8)

  30. Ikram-ul-Haq, Yesra Arshad, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ali Nawaz, Fatima Akram and Hamid Mukhtar. Removal of Phenolic compounds through overliming for enhanced saccharification of wheat straw. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 2018 (IF: 3.3).

  31. Asma Zafar, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Asma Manzoor, Irfana Iqbal, Zia ud din, Mushtaq Ahmad Saleem. “Purification and Characterization of a recombinant β-Xylosidase from Bacillus licheniformis ATCC 14580 into E. coli Bl21”. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 31: 6 (Suppl), 2755-2762, 2018 (IF: 0.84).

  32. Irfana Iqbal, Pakeeza Tanweer, Farkhanda Manzoor, Muhammad Nauman Aftab Afshan Kaleem, Roheena Abdulllah, Asma Zafar, and Mehwish Iqtedar. Antimicrobial properties of Dalbergia, Brassica and Trifolium honey against burn Microorganisms. Biologia (Pakistan) , 64 (II), 281-287, 2018.

  33. Asma Zafar, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Irfana Iqbal, Zia ud Din, Mushtaq Ahmad Saleem. Pilot-scale production of a highly thermostable α-amylase enzyme from Thermotoga petrophila cloned into E. coli and its application as a desizer in textile industry. RSC Advances, 9, 984–992, 2019 (IF: 2.9).

  34. Mohammad Pooya Naghshbandi, Meisam Tabatabaei, Mortaza Aghbashlo, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, and Irfana Iqbal. "Metabolic Engineering of microalgae for biofuel production". Methods in Molecular Biology.  2020;1980:153-172. doi: 10.1007/7651_2018_205.

  35. Asma Zafar, Saima Aftab, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Hamid Mukhtar and Mushtaq Ahmad Saleem. Purification and characterization of cloned endo-1, 4-β-glucanase gene of Bacillus licheniformis ATCC 14580 for saccharification of plant biomass. Pakistan Journal of Botany. 51(3): 957-966. DOI: 10.30848/PJB2019-3(27), 2019 (IF: 0.65).

  36. Ikram ul Haq, Ali Nawaz, Zoya Manzoor, Yesra Arshad, Hamid Mukhtar, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Asad ur Rehman,. "A new multi-stress resistant Wickerhamomyces anomalus: Isolation, identification and bioethanol fermentation potential. Revista Mexicana de Ingeniería Química, 18(3), 2019 (IF: 1.097).

  37. Syed Fahad Tahir, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ikram-ul-Haq, Asad-ur-Rehman, Ali Nawaz. Purification and characterization of a thermostable cellobiohydrolase from Thermotoga petrophila. Protein and Peptide Letters 2018, 25, 1-12. (IF: 1.03).

  38. Zia-ud-Din, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Asma Zafar, Irfana Iqbal. Growth and feed conversion response of four female asel chicken varieties to antibiotic and probiotic. Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 52(1), 2019. (IF: 0.55).

  39. Attia Hamid and Muhammad Nauman Aftab. Cloning, Purification, and Characterization of Recombinant Thermostable β-Xylanase Tnap_0700 from Thermotoga naphthophila. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 2019. 189(4):1274–1290. doi:10.1007/s12010-019-03068-0 (IF: 2.1)

  40. Nesrin K, Yusuf C, Ahmet K, Bulbul, S, Muhammad Nauman Aftab. Biogenic silver nanoparticles synthesized from Rhododendron ponticum and their antibacterial, antibiofilm and cytotoxic activities. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis 2020; 179:112993. doi:10.1016/j.jpba.2019.112993. (IF: 2.9)

  41. Ali, A., Malik, S., Zaidi, A.Z., Ahmad, N., Shafique, S., Aftab, M., & Aisha, K. (2019). Standing stock of seaweeds in submerged habitats along the Karachi Coast, Pakistan: an alternative source of livelihood for coastal communities. Pakistan Journal of Botany., 51(5): 1819-1830,2019  (IF: 0.62).

  42. I.U. Haq, A. Nawaz, Z. Manzoor, A.U. Rehman, H. Mukhtar, M.N. Aftab, Y. Arshad. A new multi-stress resistant Wickerhamomyces anomalus: Isolation,identification and bioethanol fermentation potential. Revista Mexicana de Ingeniería Química. 2019, Vol. 18 (3), 841-849. (IF:1.1)

  43. Ahmad, W., Tayyab, M., Aftab, M.N. Optimization of Conditions for the Higher Level Production of Protease: Characterization of Protease from Geobacillus SBS-4S. Ahmad. Waste and Biomass Valorization. 11:6613–6623. 2020, (IF: 2.3)

  44. Zafar A, Aftab MN, Saleem MA. Pilot scale production of recombinant hemicellulases and their saccharification potential. Prep Biochem Biotechnol. 50:10, 1063-1075, 2020;1-13. doi:10.1080/10826068.2020.1783679 (IF: 1.4)

  45.  Haqqi A, Zahoor S, Aftab MN, et al. COVID-19 in Pakistan: Impact on global polio eradication initiative. J Med Virol. 93(1), 2020;10.1002/jmv.26240. doi:10.1002/jmv.26240 (IF: 2.1)

  46.  Haqqi A, Khurram M, Din MSU, Aftab MN et al. COVID-19 and Salmonella Typhi co-epidemics in Pakistan: A real problem. Journal of Medical Virology. 2020;10.1002/jmv.26293. doi:10.1002/jmv.26293 (IF: 2.1)

  47. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Irfana Iqbal, Asma Zafar. Production of glucanase enzyme for saccharification of plant biomass. 2020. Perspective Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Accepted) (IF: 1.4).

  48. Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Irfana Iqbal, Asma Zafar. Characterization of Geobacillus stearothermophilus protease for detergent industry. Revista Mexicana de Ingeniería Química, 19:267-279, 2020 (IF: 1.1).

  49. Kaleem A, Javed S, Rehman N, Aftab M,N et al. Phosphorylated and O-GlcNAc Modified IRS-1 (Ser1101) and -2 (Ser1149) Contribute to Human Diabetes type II. Protein Pept Lett. 2020;10.2174/0929866527666200813210407. doi:10.2174/0929866527666200813210407, 2020 [IF: 1.1].

  50. Nesrin Korkmaz, Yusuf Ceylan, Attia Hamid, Ahmet Karadag, Ali Savas Bulbul, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ozge Cevik, Fatih Sen. Biogenic silver nanoparticles synthesized via Mimusops elengi fruit extract, a study on antibiofilm, antibacterial, and anticancer activities. Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology. 2020. 59:101864 (IF: 2.7).

  51. Haqqi A, Khurram M, Din MSU, Aftab MN et al. COVID-19 and Influenza H1N1: A dangerous combination for Pakistan in the upcoming winter season. Journal of Medical Virology. 93(4):1875-1877, 2020 (IF: 2.1).

  52. Haqqi A, Khurram M, Din MSU, Aftab MN et al. COVID-19 and Arboviral Diseases: Another Challenge for Pakistan’s Delipidated Healthcare System. Journal of Medical Virology., 2020 (IF: 2.1).

  53. Bilqees Fatima,  Muhammad Nauman Aftab and Ikram-ul Haq. Kinetics and thermodynamics for aldo/keto conversion of D-xylose and D-glucose catalyzed by xylose isomerase from Thermotoga naphthophila RKU-10. J Chem Technol Biotechnol. v.96 no.10 pp. 2755-2766.

  54. Asma Zafar, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Liangcai Peng, Muhammad Sohail Afzal. Efficient biomass saccharification using a novel cellobiohydrolase from Clostridium clariflavum for utilization in biofuel industry. RSC Advances. 11, 9246-9261, 2021 (IF: 3.1).

  55. Attia Hamid, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Asma Zafar. Production and characterization of a thermostable extracellular esterase from Aspergillus niger. Accepted in Revista Mexicana de Ingeniería Química, 2021 (IF:1.1).

  56. Zhen Hu; Youmei Wang; Jingyuan Liu; Yuqi Li; Yanting Wang; Jiangfeng Huang; Yuanhang Ai; Peng Chen; Yuqing He; Muhammad Nauman Aftab; Lingqiang Wang; Liangcai Peng. Integrated NIRS and QTL assays reveal minor mannose and galactose as contrast lignocellulose factors for biomass enzymatic saccharification in rice. Biotechnology for Biofuel. 2021. (IF: 4.8).

  57. Ozgenur Dincer, Hasan Ufuk Celeioglu, Attia Hamid, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ahmet Karadag. Saccharification of hazelnut and Rhododendron biomass using β-xylanase from Thermotoga naphthophila. Journal of the Institute of Science and Technology. 11(2): 1321-1328. 2021.

  58. Arodh Lal Karn, Sharnil Pandya, Abolfazl Mehbodniya, Farrukh Arslan, Dilip Kumar Sharma, Khongdet Phasinam, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Regin Rajan, Ravi Kumar Bommisetti, Sudhakar Sengan. An integrated approach for sustainable development of wastewater treatment and management system using IoT in smart cities. Soft Computing.,-volV)(0123456789(). ,- volV). (IF: 3.64).

  59. Liaqat I, Durrani AI, Zafar U, Rubab S, Faheem M, Mubin M, Raza C, Aftab N. Role of modified diet and gut microbiota in metabolic endotoxemia in mice. Arch Microbiol. 2021 doi: 10.1007/s00203-021-02491-4. (IF: 2.42).

  60. Liaqat I, Naseem S, Eijaz S, Hanif U, Rubab S, Aftab N, Iqbal R. Impact of Interplay between Obese Gut Microbiota and Diet in Developing Obesity in Synthetic Community Mice. J Oleo Sci. 2021;70(9):1285-1293. (IF: 1.6).

  61. Alvi MZ, Sattar M, Cheema FA, Awan UA, Aftab MN, Shah ZH, Afzal MS. COVID-19 and emergence of antimicrobial resistance: A most neglected aspect of health emergency in Pakistan. Diabetes Metab Syndr. 15(4):102179. doi: 10.1016/j.dsx.2021.06.016. 2021 (IF: 2.37).

  62.  Attia Hamid, Asma Zafar, Iram Liaqat, Muhammad Sohail Afzal, Liangcai Peng, Muhammad Nauman Aftab. Effective utilization of magnetic nano-coupled cloned β-xylanase in saccharification process. RSC Advances (Accepted) (IF: 3.4).

  63. A.Zafar, S. Yousaf, M.N. Aftab, A. Hamid, J.I. Wattoo, A. Masood, H. Mubeen. Purification and characterization of a novel pullulanase enzyme from bacillus thuringenesis for detergent industry. Revista Mexicana de Ingenieria Quimica. 21(1): 2022. (IF: 3.2).

  64. Mudassar Hussain1 , Iram Liaqat1*, Sikander Ali2 , Nauman Aftab2 , Mobina Ulfat3 , Sajida Naseem4 , Urooj5 , and Muhammad Fiaz Qamar. Diversity and Abundance of Delineated Earthworm (Annelida: Clitellata) in Pakistan: A Review. Journal of Oleo Science. 2022. 71, (6) 839-844. (IF: 1.6).

  65. Zia-Ud-Din, Aftab, M. N., Kakar, N. H., 1 Mustafa, M. Z., Zafar, A., Iqbal, I, Ahmad, I., Patching, S. G., Khan, M. A., Asmat, T. M., Shafee, M., Rafeeq, M. Comparative Effects of Bacillus Probiotic and Antibiotic on the Growth Performance of Indigenous Aseel Chickens. International Journal of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, 2022:37-45. (IF:  

  66. Ayesha Kashif , Ramla Rehman, Ahmed Fuwad, Muhammad Kashif Shahid, H.N.P. Dayarathne, Asif Jamal, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Bandita Mainali, Younggyun Choi. Current advances in the classification, production, properties and applications of microbial biosurfactants – A critical review. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science. 2022, 306, 102718. (IF: 15.19).

  67. Mudassar Hussain, Iram Liaqat, Uzma Hanif, Aisha Sultan, Chaman Ara, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Urooj and Abida Butt. Medicinal Perspective of Antibacterial Bioactive Agents in Earthworms (Clitellata, Annelida): A Comprehensive Review  Journal of Oleo Science.2022. (IF: 1.6).

  68. Asma Zafar, Attia Hamid, Liangcai Peng, Yanting Wang and Muhammad Nauman Aftab. Enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass using a novel, thermotolerant recombinant xylosidase enzyme from Clostridium clariflavum: a potential addition for biofuel industry. RSC Advances., 2022, 12, 14917. (IF: 4.0).

  69. Hussain M, Liaqat I, Ali S, Aftab N, Ulfat M, Naseem S, Urooj, Qamar MF. Diversity and Abundance of Delineated Earthworm (Annelida: Clitellata) in Pakistan: A Review. Journal of Oleo Science. 2022;71(6):839-834. doi: 10.5650/jos.ess22018. PMID: 35661065. (IF: 1.6).

  70. Zafar A, Rahman Z, Mubeen H, Makhdoom J, Tariq J, Mahjabeen, Ali Z, Hamid A, Shafique E, Aftab MN. Heterologous expression, molecular studies and biochemical characterization of a novel alkaline esterase gene from Bacillus thuringiensis for detergent industry. RSC Advances. 2022, 30;12(53):34482-34495. doi: 10.1039/d2ra06138d. PMID: 36545586; PMCID: PMC9709933. (IF: 4.0).

  71. Muhammad Farooq Khan, Gerardo Cazzato, Hassan Anwar Saleemi, Romulo R. Macadangdang Jr., Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Muhammad Ismail, Hira Khalid, Sharafat Ali, Syed ul Hasnain Bakhtiar, Ahmed Ismail, Muhammad Zahid. Sonophotocatalytic degradation of organic pollutant under visible light over Pt decorated CeO2: Role of ultrasonic waves for unprecedented degradation. Journal of Molecular Structure. 1247, 2022. (IF: 3.84).

  72. Hu Z, Li Q, Chen Y, Li T, Wang Y, Zhang R, Peng H, Wang H, Wang Y, Tang J, Nauman Aftab M, Peng L. Intermittent ultrasound retains cellulases unlock for enhanced cellulosic ethanol with high-porosity biochar for dye adsorption using desirable rice mutant straw. Bioresource Technology. 2022 Dec 5;369:128437. (IF: 11.88).

  73. Waheed Ahmad , Muhammad Tayyab, Bushra Muneer, Abu Saeed Hashmi, Mansurud Din Ahmad, Shagufta Saeed, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Sehrish Firyal, Muhammad Wasim, Muhammad Azam, Muhammad Talha and Ali Raza Awan. Impact of Locally Characterized Protease from Geobacillus SBS 4S on the Growth of Poultry Bird. Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 1-7, 2022. (IF: 0.6).

  74. Attia Hamid, Asma Zafar, Sabahat Latif, Liangcai Peng, Yanting Wang, Iram Liaqat, Muhammad Sohail Afzal, Ikram ul-Haq and Muhammad Nauman Aftab. Enzymatic hydrolysis of low temperature alkali pretreated wheat straw using immobilized by xylanase nanoparticles. RSC Advances, 2023, 13, 1434. (IF: 4.0).

  75. Iram Liaqat , Noor Muhammad , Chaman Ara , Uzma Hanif, Saiqa Andleeb, Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Chand Raza, Muhammad Mubin. Bioremediation of heavy metals polluted environment and decolourization of black liquor using microbial biofilms. Molecular Biology Reports. 50: 3985-3997 DOI:10.1007/s11033-023-08334-3. (IF: 2.74).

  76.   Xu C, Xia T, Peng H, Liu P, Wang Y, Wang Y, Kang H, Tang J, Nauman Aftab M, Peng L. BsEXLX of engineered Trichoderma reesei strain as dual-active expansin to boost cellulases secretion for synergistic enhancement of biomass enzymatic saccharification in corn and Miscanthus straws. Bioresource Technolology. 2023 May;376:128844. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2023.128844. Epub 2023 Mar 10. PMID: 36906237. (11.88).

  77. Hussain, Mudassar, Iram Liaqat, Urooj Zafar, Sadiah Saleem, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Awais Khalid, Yosra Modafer, Fahdah Ayed Alshammari, Abdullah Mashraqi, and Ahmed A. El-Mansi. 2023. Antibiofilm Potential of Coelomic Fluid and Paste of Earthworm Pheretima posthuma (Clitellata, Megascolecidae) against Pathogenic Bacteria. Microorganisms 11, 2:342. (IF: 4.9).

  78. Liaqat, I., Ali, N.M., Aftab, M.N., Ali, S., Arshad, M. (2023). Anaerobic Digestion for Bioenergy Production Using Solid Animal Waste: New Avenues. In: Arshad, M. (eds) Climate Changes Mitigation and Sustainable Bioenergy Harvest Through Animal Waste. Springer, Cham. (Book chapter).

  79. Waqar, A., Chaudhry, B., Haq, Iu. et al. Association between type 2 diabetes mellitus and TCF7L2 gene variant in the Pakistani cohort. International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries 43, 807–815 (2023). ttps:// (IF: 1.0).

  80. Liaqat, Iram, Awais Khalid, Saima Rubab, Farzana Rashid, Asma Abdul Latif, Sajida Naseem, Asia Bibi, Bushra Nisar Khan, Waiza Ansar, Arshad Javed, Muhammad Afzal, Sikander Ali and Muhammad Nauman Afta. 2023. In Vitro Biofilm-Mediated Biodegradation of Pesticides and Dye-Contaminated Effluents Using Bacterial Biofilms. Microorganisms 11, no. 9: 2163. (IF: 4.9).

  81.  Saleem A, Ali S, Aftab MN, Shami A, Al-Saeed FA, Mustafa B, Paray BA. The Characterization and Study of Antibacterial, Free Radical Scavenging, and Anticancer Potential of Livistona chinensis-Mediated Silver Nanoparticles. Molecules. 2023 Nov 25;28(23):7773. doi: 10.3390/molecules28237773. PMID: 38067504; PMCID: PMC10708060. (IF: 4.9).

  82.  Fundamentals of Laboratory Manual. Saba Sana, Ali Ahmad Sheikh, Zoya Maheen, Nadia Mukhtar, Tahir Yaqoob, Sikander Ali, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Iqra Liaqat. Laboratory Manual. 2023.

  83. Aqsa Zahid, Sikander Ali, M. Umar Hayyat, M. Usman Ahmad, Rabab Maqsood, Zafar Siddiq, M. Nauman Aftab. Exploring the potential of immobilized phytase to enhance phosphorus uptake by Catharanthus roseus. South African Journal of Botany, 2023. 163, 715-728. (IF: 3.1).

  84.  Yesra Arshad, Ikram Ul Haq , Muhammad Nauman Aftab and Ali Nawaz. Biosynthesis of microbial urease and its optimization for enhanced production. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 56(3): 2024. DOI: (IF: 1.1).

  85. Asma Zafar, Ziaur Rahman, Attia Hamid, Fatima Sughra, Madood Makhdoom, Samreen Fatima, Haseeb Ahmed, Zeenat Mehmood, Maryam Khan, Muhammad Nauman Aftab Heterologous expression and characterization of a novel thermostable and alkali stable recombinant lipase enzyme from Bacillus thuringensis into E. coli BL21(DE3) for detergent formulation.  Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. 2024. DOI:10.1002/jsde.12731. (IF: 1.9).



Completed (Principal Investigator)

  • Development of probiotics as supplement in poultry feed for enhanced weight gain in poultry birds  (Cherry Pharma, Lahore) March, 2016 to Feburary, 2018 (Rs. 0.5 million)

  • Characterization and saccharification potential of cloned xylanase enzyme from Clostridium clariflavum after immobilization with nano-particles (GC University Lahore) August, 2018 to July, 2019 (Rs 0.3 million)

  • Low cost production of probiotic under Technology Development Fund sponsored by HEC, Pakistan (Project No. TDF03-262) Septemer, 2019 to August, 2021 (Rs 45 million)

  • Cost effective pilot scale production of bioethanol production (HEC, Pakistan) (Project No 5535) May, 2017- April, 2020  (Rs. 5 million)

  • Pak-Turkey Researcher's Mobility Program (HEC, Pakistan) (Rs 1.2 million) October, 2018- September, 2021.


Member of various research projects

  • “Production of antibiotic Zn-bacitracin by Bacillus licheniformis to supplement the poultry feed”, sponsored by Pakistan Science Foundation (Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, 2002-2004)

  • “Microarray analysis of ncRNAexpression patterns in Caenorhabditiselegans” sponsored by National Sciences Foundation, China (2005-2008).

  • “Production of biofuel” sponsored by Pakistan Science Foundation (Government College University, Lahore, 2008-2014).

  • “Development of biomarkers for the early detection of prostate cancer” sponsored by National Institute of Health, US (2012-2013).



  • Attended 3 days workshop on Cancer Bioinformatics: Genomics and Transcriptomics Approach from 3-5 March, 2019 at Center of Excellence in Molecular and cellular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine-Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt.

  • Participated in 2 days exibition on Science Research Market in Bartin University, Bartin, Turkey, from 24-25 March, 2019.

  • Attended two days workshop on nanoparticle synthesis from 21-22 July, 2018 at Bartin University, Bartin, Turkey.

  • Attended “Global Experts Meeting on Biofuel and Bioenergy” held on July 16-17, 2018 at Madrid Spain.

  • Attended 6th International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioengineering held from 26th September to 28th September, 2017 in Offenburg, Germany.

  • Attended Global Biotechnology Congress 2017 held from 10th July to 13th July, 2017 in United States.

  • Attended Global Biotechnology Congress 2016 held from 22nd August to 25th August, 2016 in Boston, United States.



PhD supervisor approved by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan since November, 2008.



  • 3-week In-service training course in the subject of Biology at Directorate of Staff Development, Punjab, Lahore from 25-01-1999 to 13-02-1999.

  • Four months training in Medical Transcription, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, October, 2001

  • Three week Master Trainers Workshop of Biology (New Curriculum) Secondary level held at Directorate of Staff Development, Lahore from 07-07-2002 to 27-07-2002.

  • Three day training at Quality Enhancement Cell, Government College University, Lahore from 24-01-2009 to 26-01-2009.

  • Training workshop for Biology Teachers (New Curriculum) at Government College of Science, from 10th June to 19th June, 2002.

  • Three day Academic retreat for HEC approved Ph.D Supervisors held at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad from June 3-5, 2010.

  • One day workshop on Network Performance Monitoring at HEC Regional Centre Lahore on 29th September, 2010.

  • One day workshop “Introduction to responsible conduct of research (RCR) and research ethics” held at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute Orlando, Florida, United States (March, 19, 2013).

  • 2 hour workshop on "Introduction to Responsible conduct of Research (RCR) and Research Ethics involving various RCR topics like Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship, Peer Review, Mentor Responsibilities held at Sanford Burnham Medical research Institute, Orlando, Florida, United States on March 19, 2013.

  • One day workshop on "Research Integrity and Peer Review" held in Islamabad, Pakistan, February 18, 2016.

  • 2 days "Project Formulation Workshop" held at Government College University, Lahore from March 30-31, 2016.

  • Workshop on "Fund Winning Opportunities" during 5th Invention to Innovation Summit 2016 held at University of the Punjab from March 2-3, 2016.

  • Resource person on one day seminar on "Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics: held at Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, GC University, Lahore on October 23, 2014.

  • Resource person on "Bioinformatics Workshop: Hands on Training on Analysis of Biological Data using R" held at Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Virtual University of Pakistan on 5th January, 2016.

  • Resource person on "Research and Technology Development" during 5th Invention to Innovation Summit 2016 held at University of the Punjab from March 2-3, 2016.

  • Resource person on "Bioinformatics Workshop on Analysis and Annotation of Variants in NGS Data"  held at Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Virtual University of Pakistan from January 3-4, 2017.



  • Pakistan Biotechnological Society

  • Zoological Society of Pakistan

  • Pakistan Wildlife Foundation

  • Pakistan Fishries Society

  • New York Academy of Sciences

  • Asian Council of Science Editors

  • International Society of Zoological Sciences

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