Dr. Muhammad Ramzan Khan

 Associate Professor
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Postdoc: Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany 
PhD: Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany
Other Linkshttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Muhammad_Ramzan_Khan

  Office: National Centre for BioInformatics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 
  Other Links: HEC Personal Page



Mphil: Quaid-i-Azam Unviersity, Islamabad.
MSc: Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

  • Genome informatics (NGS applications including RNA-seq, ChIP-seq etc.) of plants for expression variations and comparative genomics for unveiling the adaptive evolution
  • Functional genomics using CRISPR/Cas9/dCas9 genome editing tools for enhancement of plant productivity

  • NGS applications in forensic science



Sobiah R, Syeda RH, Zunaira E, Nageen Z, Maria K, Syeda AZ, Shahana SM, Akifa M, Abdul J and Khan MR. 2018. Implications of Targeted Next Generation Sequencing in Forensic Science. Journal of Forensic Research. DOI: 10.4172/2157-7145.1000416. Corresponding author.




Wakeel A , Bashir MA , Ahmad1 Z, Rehman HU , Kiran A, Arif S, Ibrahim S, Khan MR.2018. Perspectives of folate biofortification of cereals. Journal of Plant Nutrition. LPLA- 2017-0338. Corresponding author.




Khan MR, Ibrar Z, Khan I, Naz AA, Leon J (2017): Drought responsive genes predominantly expressed in root tissues are enriched in homotypic cis-clusters in proximal promoters.  The Crop Journal, 5, (3) 195-206. Corresponding author.




Arif S, Khan MR, Gardezi SNA, Khan MF, Hamid A, Shah AH, Ali GM. 2017. Molecular cloning and transcript profiling of Ascorbate Oxidase gene at different growth developmental stages from therapeutically important plant Seabuckthornhippophaerhamnoidesl.  Pak. J. Bot., 49(3): 1143-1154. Corresponding author.




Siddiqui NR, Muhammad A, Ali GM, Raza S, Khan MR, Shahzad A, Bashir F, Hameed S. 2017. Expression Analysis of Amylase Gene and Starch Degradation during Fruit Development and Ripening Stages of Exotic Cultivars of Banana. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Life and Environmental Sciences 54 (2): 117–124.




Inam S, Khan MR, Rehman N, Noor S, Ali. GM. 2017. Molecular Detection and Quantification of Non-Basmati Adulterants in Basmati Rice using BADH2 Gene Marker. International Journal of Agriculture & Biology, 16–0686/201x/00–0–000–000 DOI: 10.17957/IJAB/15.0444.Corresponding author.




Rehman, N., Khan, MR., Ali, G.M. (2017): Novel phytoene synthase paralog from halophytic Salicornia plant confers salinity tolerance. Turkish Journal of Botany, 41: 117-126.Corresponding author.




Khan, MR.(2016): Ectopic expression of MPF2-like protein WSA206 leads to arrest in silique and seed development in heterologous host. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 48(6): 2595-2597.Corresponding author.




Arif S, Khan MR, Gardezi SDA, Abbas Z, Ali GM. (2016): A novel hydroxymethyldihydropterinpyrophosphokinase-dihydropteroate synthase (HPPK-DHPS) gene from a nutraceutical plant seabuckthorn, involved in folate pathway is predominantly expressed in fruit tissue. IJAB. DOI:10.17957/IJAB/15.0104. Corresponding author.




Khan MR, Ihsan H, Ali GM. (2016): WSA206, a homeolog of duplicated MPF2-like MADS-box transcription factors is recruited in fertility function in Withania (Solanaceae). Plant Science. 10.1016/j.plantsci.2016.10.004. Corresponding author.




Ihsan H, Khan MR, Ajmal W, Ali GM. 2015. WsMAGO2, a duplicated MAGO NASHI protein with fertility attributes interacts with MPF2-like MADS-box proteins. Planta, DOI: 10, 1007/s00425-015-2247-y.  IF, 3.229.




Minhas M, Pauls S , Ali S , Doglio L, PhD;  Khan MR, Elgar G, Abbssi A. 2015. Cis-regulatory control of human GLI2 expression in the developing neural tube and limb bud.  Developmental Dynamics. DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.24266




Noman M, Ajmal W, Khan MR, Shahzad A, Ali GM. 2015. Exploitation of concatenated olive plastome DNA markers for reliable varietal identification for on-farm genetic resource conservation. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 6: 3045-3074. Corresponding author.




Usman F, Rehman S, MR Khan and G.M. Ali. 2015. Computational and real-time PCR expression analyses of garlic lectin gene.International Journal of Agriculture and Biology, 17 (3), 547–553. Corresponding author.




Kumar T, Khan MR, Jan SA, Ahmad N, Ali N, Zia MA, Roomi S, Iqbal A, Ali GM. 2014. Efficient Regeneration and Genetic Transformation of Sugarcane with AVP1 Gene. American-Eurasian Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. 14 (2): 165-171.




Kumar T, Khan MR, Ahmed N, Zia MA, Jan, SA, Bahadur K, Ali GM. 2014. Optimization of factors affecting Agrobacterium mediated transformation in sugarcane through axillary buds with AVP1 gene against drought and salinity. European Academic Research. Vol. II 2308-2327.




Khan MR., Ali GM. 2013. Functional Evolution of Cis-Regulatory Modules of STMADS11 SupercladeMADS-Box Genes. Plant Molecular Biology. 83(4-5):489-506. (Corresponding author).




Kumar T, Uzma, Khan MR, Abbas Z, Ali GM. 2013. Genetic Improvement of Sugarcane for Drought and Salinity Stress Tolerance using Arabidopsis Vacuolar Pyrophosphatase Gene. Molecular Biotechnology, DOI 10.1007/s12033-013-9695-z. Corresponding author.




Khan MR, Khan I, Ali GM. 2013.MPF2-like MADS-box genesaffecting SOC1 and MAF1 expression are implicated in flowering time control. Molecular BiotechnologyDOI 10.1007/s12033-012-9540-9.Corresponding author.




Khan MR, Hu J, Ali GM. 2012. Reciprocal Loss of CArG-boxes and Auxin Response Elements Drives Expression Divergence of MPF2-like MADS-box Genes Controlling Calyx Inflation. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42781. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042781. Corresponding author.




Zhang J, Khan MR, Tian Y, Li Z, Riss S, He C. 2012. Divergences of MPF2-like MADS-domain proteins have an association with the evolution of the inflated calyx syndrome within Solanaceae. Planta.DOI: 10.1007/s00425-012-1684-0. Equal author.




Khan MR, Hu J, He C. 2012.Plant hormones including ethylene are recruited in calyx inflation Solanaceous plants. Journal of Plant Physiology, 169(10):940-948. Corresponding author).




Uzma, Khan MR, Muhammad A, Hussain I, Shah SH, Kumar T, Inam S, Zubair Z, Rehman H, Sher A, Rehman N, Ahmed S, Ali. GM. 2012. Rapid in vitro Multiplication of Sugarcane Elite Genotypes and Detection of Sugarcane Mosaic Virus through Two Steps RT-PCR. International Journal of Agriculture and Biology, 14: 870878. Corresponding author.




He C, Tian Y, Saedler R, Grosardt B, Efremova N, Riss S,Khan MR, Alexander Yephremov, Heinz Saedler. 2010. The MADS-domain protein MPF1 of Physalisfloridana controls plant architecture, seed development and flowering time. Planta, 231:767-777.




Khan MR, Hu J-Y, Riss S, He C-Y, Saedler H. 2009. MPF2-like-A MADS-box genes control the inflated calyx syndrome in Withania (Solanaceae): roles of Darwinian’s selection. Molecular Biology & Evolution 26:2463-2473.




Khan MR. (2009). Molecular evolution of the inflated calyx syndrome  (ICS) in Withania (Solanaceae) / vorgelegt von  Muhammad Ramzan Khan. -2009. - V, 128 S. : Ill.   Zsfassung in dt.undengl.Sprache. - Köln, Univ., Diss., 2009.Corresponding author




Khan, M.R.,H.  Rashid. (2007). Improvement of brassica oilseeds through modern biotechnological approaches. Science Technology and Development. 26 (1), 3639. Corresponding author




Ullah I, Rashid H, Khan MR, (2004). Establishment of tissue culture protocol in Brassica (B.napus). Pak. J. Biol. Sci7: 277-278.




Khan MR, Ansar M, Rashid H, Chaudhry Z. (2003). High frequency shoot regeneration and Agrobacterium-mediated DNA transfer in Canola (Brassica napus L.). Pl Cell Tiss& Org Cult75: 223-231. Corresponding author.




Ansar M, Khan MR, Pham TL, Yan K, Jamal SM, SayedulHaq, Wasim A, Suzanne M Leal. (2003). Localization of a novel autosomal recessive non-syndromic hearing impairment locus (DFNB 38) to 6q26-q27 in consanguineous kindred from Pakistan. Hum Hered55: 71-74.




Khan MR, Rashid H. (2003). Studies on the rapid clonal propagation of Saccharumofficinarum. Pak. J. Biol. Sci6: 1876-1879. Corresponding author




Khan MR, Rashid H Quraishi A. (2002). Effects of various growth regulators on callus formation and regeneration of Brassica napusC.v. Oscar. Pak. J. of Biol. Sci5: 693-695. Corresponding author




Khan MR, Rashid H, Quraishi A. (2002). High frequency shoot regeneration from hypocotyl explants of Brassica napus. Plant Tissue Culture,12: 131-138. Corresponding author




Khan MR, Rashid H, Quraishi A. (2002).In vitro shoot development from juvenile cuttings of field-grown olive (Olea europaeaL.) cv. Leccino. OnLine J. of Biol. Sci2: 438-440. Corresponding author




Khan MR, Rashid H, Quraishi A. (2002).  Development of aseptic protocols in olive (Olea europaea L.) cv. Pendollino. Asian j. Pl. Sci2: 220-221. Corresponding author




Hussain T, Khan MR, Ali GM. 2015. IntronicAGL24 MADS-box homotypic cis-clusters are recruited in vegetative to floral expression. Major Revision in BMC Plant Biology. MS -ID: 1648505911135533. IF, 4.076... Corresponding author


Book Published.


Khan, M. R. (2016): Molecular evolution of the inflated calyx syndrome (ICS) in Withania. Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany, ISSN: 978-3-659-82946-8.


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PhD Produced

PhD Enrolled

MPhil Produced

MPhil Enrolled


Humera Ihsan (Supervisor)

Nazeer Ahmed

Muhammad Noman

Noshaba Naseer



Shazia Arif


Almas Ashraf

Zahra Ibrar

Obaid ur Rehman




Muhammad Yasin

Uzma Qureshi

 Riaz Ahmed




Tajammul  Hussain




Sobiah Rauf

Abdul Quddus





Irfan Ullah Khan





Safeena Inam





Tanweer Kumar





Nadeem Ahmed





Romana Shahzadi