Dr. Babar Hussain

Dr. Babar Hussain

Dr. Babar Hussain

Assistant Professor

babar.hussain@ucp.edu.pk

Dr. Babar Hussain earned his Ph.D. in Genetics and Biotechnology from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey (QS ranked # 21 EECA) in 2018. He obtaining his BSc (Hons) and MSc (Hons) from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Sabanci University during 2018-2019, after working there as a Teaching and Research Assistant during 2014-2018. After teaching at the University of Central Punjab-Lahore for a year, he returned to Turkey for his second postdoctoral studies at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (QS ranked # 14 EECA) in September 2020. Since September 2021, he is working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, FLS at UCP.

Dr. Babar’s research interests include crop improvement through combination of biotechnology, bioinformatics, and genomic tools. He uses transgenic plants, nanotechnology, and T-DNA insertion mutants for the development of climate-resilient, and bio-fortified plants.  His main focus is understanding the molecular mechanisms of salt tolerance and Iron fortification in plants through OMICs, NGS, and transgenic plants. But he is also interested in drought and heat stress, and Zn bio-fortification. Dr. Babar has authored/ co-authored more than fifteen journal articles, three book chapters, and 6 invited talks/presentations. He has been serving as editorial board member and reviewer for several leading journals.

Dr. Babar is a dedicated teacher who teaches Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Genetics-related courses at the under-and-postgraduate level.

1Tabassum J, S Ahmad, B Hussain, AM Mawia, A Zeb, Luo Ju. Applications and Potential of Genome-Editing Systems in Rice Improvement: Current and Future Perspectives. Agronomy. 2021. I.F.= 3.417
2Kulabhusan, P.K., B. Hussain, Yuce, M. Current Perspectives on Aptamers as Diagnostic Tools and Therapeutic Agents. Pharmaceutics. 2020. I.F.= 6.321
3Hussain, B., S.J. Lucas, H. Budak. CRISPR/Cas9 in Plants: At play in the genome and at work for crop improvement. Briefings in Functional Genomics. 2018. I.F.= 4.241
4Yüce, M., H. Kurt, B. Hussain, O-Y Cleva, H. Budak. Exploiting stokes and anti‐stokes type emission profiles of aptamer‐functionalized luminescent nanoprobes for multiplex sensing applications. ChemistrySelect. 2018. I.F.= 2.109
5Hussain, B., S.J. Lucas, L. Ozturk, H. Budak. Mapping QTLs conferring salt tolerance and micronutrient concentrations at seedling stage in wheat. Scientific Reports. 2017. I.F.= 4.379
6Kurt, H., M. Yuce, B. Hussain, H. Budak. Dual-excitation upconverting nanoparticle and quantum dot aptasensor for multiplexed food pathogen detection. Biosensors & Bioelectronics. 2016. I.F.= 10.618
7Budak, H., B. Hussain, Z. Khan, N.Z. Ozturk, N. Ullah. From genetics to functional genomics: Improvement in drought signaling and tolerance in wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science. 2015. I.F.= 5.753
8Hussain, B*., A.S. Khan and Z. Ali. Genetic variation in wheat germplasm for salinity tolerance at seedling stage: Improved statistical inference. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry. 2015. I.F.= 2.585
9Hussain, B*. Modernization in plant breeding approaches for improving biotic stress resistance in crop plants. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry. 2015. I.F.= 2.585

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