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Dr. Muhammad Faraz Bhatti
Assistant Professor
Plant Biotechnology

ASAB
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12 Campus, Islamabad
Tel : +92 51 9085 6136

Specialization
Molecular Biology (Virology)

Education
PhD (Molecular Biology, Imperial College London, UK)

Muhammad Faraz Bhatti is serving as an Assistant Professor at Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) since, January 2012. He received his M.Sc (Hons) degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) in 2007. Later, in the same year he was awarded a prestigious overseas scholarshipby Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan to commence his PhD studies at one of the finest and top ranked institute of the world, Imperial College London (UK). During his stay at Imperial College, he investigated the role of double-stranded RNA mycoviruses and their effects on human opportunistic pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus. In October 2011, he acquired his PhD degree from Imperial College London in the field of Molecular Biology and returned to Pakistan to serve the nation.

Mycoviruses

 
Fungal viruses (mycoviruses) ubiquitously infect all major taxa of fungi. Knowledge of mycovirusesis relatively new and that most scientists are hardly aware of its existence. The role of mycoviruses in their respective hosts is largely unknown.There is need for extensive research in the field of Mycology and Virology to elucidate the role of emerging mycoviruses in different fungi.
 

Faraz and his research team arecurrently interested in:

 
•    Identification of novel mycoviruses infecting pathogenic fungi
•    Molecular characterisation of novel mycoviruses and understanding its phylogeny
•    Studying the impact of mycoviruses on the fitness of their hosts
•    Mycovirus induced gene silencing
•    Extending the host range of mycoviruses using novel techniques
•    Exploitation of mycoviruses for biological control
 

Research Supervision

 
Currently supervising 3 PhD candidates and 1 MS student

Graduated student

 
Hafsah Akhtar, (2013). Identification of mycoviral infections in environmental fungal isolates. Undergraduate Dissertation (NUST)
1-    Siddiqa, A., Zainab, M., Qadri, I., Bhatti, M. F. and Parish, J. L., (2014). Prevalence and genotyping of high risk human papillomavirus in cervical cancer samples from Punjab, Pakistan. Viruses, 6, 2762-2777.

2-    Kozlakidis, Z., Herrero, N., Ozkan, S., Kanhayuwa, L., Bhatti, M. F. and Coutts, R. H. A., (2013). A novel dsRNA element isolated from the Aspergillus foetidus mycovirus complex. Arch. Virol., 158, 2625–2628.

3-    Kozlakidis, Z., Herrero, N., Ozkan, S., Kanhayuwa, L., Jamal, A., Bhatti, M. F. and Coutts, R. H. A., (2013). Sequence determination of a quadripartite dsRNA virus isolated from Aspergillus foetidus. Arch. Virol., 158, 267-72.

4-    Bhatti, M. F., Jamal, A., Bignell, E. M., Petrou, M. A. and Coutts, R.H.A., (2012). Incidence of  dsRNA mycoviruses in a collection of Aspergillus fumigatus isolates. Mycopathologia, 174, 323–326.

5-    Bhatti, M. F., Jamal, A., Petrou, M. A, Cairns, T. C., Bignell, E. M. and Coutts, R.H.A., (2011). The effects of dsRNA mycoviruses on growth and murine virulence of Aspergillus fumigatus. Fungal Genet. Biol., 48, 1071-1075.

6-    Bhatti, M. F., Bignell, E. M. and Coutts, R. H. A., (2011). Complete nucleotide sequences of two dsRNAs associated with a new partitivirus infecting Aspergillus fumigatus. Arch. Virol., 156, 1677-1680.

7-    Ali, M. A., Bhatti, M. F., Abbas, A. and Khan, I. A., (2010). Assessment of inheritance of some multigenic characters in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). J. Agric. Res., 48, 25-33.
Teaching following enlisted courses

UG Courses

•    Molecular Biology
•    Plant Molecular Biology
•    Research Methodology

PG Courses

•    Plant Functional Genomics
.Advance Plant Physiology