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Plants Systematics and Evolution Laboratory
Research interests encompass both applied and basic research projects regarding plant systematic and medical Microbiology. The designing of the projects is based on the ultimate goal of understanding plant ethnobotany against microbial strains and phylogenetics of the plants. This group is also interested in plant natural products which represents a vital field of study. The biggest bottleneck in using this strategy is to develop plants that accumulate significantly higher levels of important natural products by engineering the target metabolic pathways. In this regard, identification and characterization of the potential genes and their regulators will be the main focus of the study. 

Group Leader 

Dr. Muhammad Qasim Hayat ( m.qasim@asab.nust.edu.pk; mqasimhayat@hotmail.com)

Dr. Rabia Amir, Email (rabi.amir@hotmail.com; r.amir@asab.nust.edu.pk)

Group Members

Ms. Shabina Ishtiaq

Ms. Shabina Irum

Ms. Alia Sadiq 

Ms. Ghulam Kubra

Ms. Uzma

Mr. Atif Shafique

Lab Facilities

Medicinal Plant lab is fully equipped with the molecular biology, plant extractions, anti-oxidant activity of plant natural products, phylogenetic analysis and gene expression in plants system.

Projects & Grants

Following competitive research grants have been awarded to Dr. Muhammad Qasim and Dr. Rabia Amir as Project Investigators.

HEC, NRPU grant titled “Biogeography and Phylogeny of Western Himalayan Cyperaceae”.

HEC, NRPU grant titled “Expression analysis of potential flavonoid biosynthetic pathway genes in cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea)”.

HEC, SRGP grant titled “Unravelling the effect of physiological factors in transcription of genes involved in flavonoid biosynthetic pathway in Arachis Hypogaea”.

Recent Publications

Ahmed SI, Hayat MQ, Zahid S, Tahir M, Mansoor Q, Ismail M, et al. Isolation and identification of flavonoids from anticancer and neuroprotective extracts of Trigonella foenum graecum. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. 2017;16(6):1391-8.

Jana S, Iram S, Thomas J, Hayat MQ, Pannecouque C, Dehaen W. Application of the Triazolization Reaction to Afford Dihydroartemisinin Derivatives with Anti-HIV Activity. Molecules. 2017;22(2):303.

Hashmi MU, Khan F, Khalid N, Shahid AA, Javed A, Alam T, et al. Hydrogels incorporated with silver nanocolloids prepared from antioxidant rich Aerva javanica as disruptive agents against burn wound infections. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 2017.

Choudhary S, Murad S, Hayat MQ, Shakoor Z, Arshad M. Identification of IgE- binding pollen protein from Cannabis sativa in pollen-hypersensitive patients from north Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Science. 2017;30(1):037-42.

Mehmood T, Jabeen L, Iqbal M, Malik SA, Majeed MZ, Siddique F, et al. VARIATION IN BIOACTIVE COMPOSITION, ANTIOXIDANT ATTRIBUTES AND ANTIMICROBIAL POTENTIAL OF Grewia asiatica IN RELATION TO SOLVENT SYSTEM AND DRYING TECHNIQUES. Oxidation Communications. 2017;40(2):624-37.

Ahmed, S.I., Hayat, M.Q., Tahir, M., Mansoor, Q., Ismail, M., Keck, K., and Robert Bates, R.B. (2016) Pharmacologically active flavonoids from the anticancer, antioxidant and antimicrobial extracts of Cassia angustifolia Vahl. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 16: 460. DOI 10.1186/s12906-016-1443-z