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Dr. Muhammad Arshad (HoD Environmental Sciences)
Associate Professor
Environmental Sciences

IESE
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
 
Tel : +925190854309

Specialization
Environmental Biotechnology

Education
Ph.D. (Environmental Biotechnology  Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT), France) MSc (Hons) (Agriculture )BSc (Hons) (Agriculture)

Education

 

University / Country

Year of Passing

Discipline

Specialization

Bachelor

BSc (Hons)

Institute of Soil & Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan       

2003

Agriculture

Soil Science

MSc (Hons)

Institute of Soil & Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

2005

Agriculture

Soil Science

Master Research

SupAgro/University Montpellier II, France

2006

Ecology

Functioning of Natural & Cultivated Ecosystems

PhD

Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT), University of Toulouse, France

2009

Ecology

Environmental Biotechnology

Research Projects/ Grants
 
a) 2017-2020: Enhancing Biogas Production from Sewage Sludge and Ligno-Cellulosic Waste through Nanoparticles Assisted Chemical Pretreatment. Funded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. PKR 4.344 million. Co-PI
b) 2016-2019: Ensuring Food Security and Safety: Development of an Integrated Approach for Safe Usage of Antibiotics Containing Wastewater for Irrigation of Crop Plants. Funded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. PKR 6.034 million. Principal Investigator. 
c) 2015-2018: Soil–applied TiO2 nanoparticles affect the phytoavailability of phosphorus and yield of rice and wheat. Funded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. PKR 2.911 million. Principal Investigator. 
d) 2015-2018: Development of an integrated strategy for phytoremediation of lead contaminated soils. PHC-PERIDOT, Jointly funded by Pak-France Governments. PKR 1.45 million. Principal Investigator. 
e) 2013-2014: Recovery of cellulose from cotton gin waste and conversion to Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) along with toxicity and economic analysis. Funded by Industry – Reso-Chem, Lahore, Pakistan. PKR 0.5 million. Co–Principal Investigator.
f) 2011-2012: Comet assay setup for environmental toxicity studies at IESE-SCEE-NUST Islamabad. Funded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. PKR 0.5 million. Principal Investigator.

Research Supervision

MS Environmental Science Students – Completed

1. Ms. Marium Fiaz. 2017. Screening of microbes isolated from environmental samples for antibiotics resistance.
2. Ms. Neelam Naqvi. 2016. Effect of DIPA and EDTA on lead phytoavailability and uptake. 
3. Ms. Anza Javaid. 2016. Isolation and identification of chromium tolerant bacterial strains and their potential to promote plant growth
4. Ms. Rubab Zahra. 2016. Phytotoxicity in response to NPs in Rice and their impacts on Animal Model
5. Ms. Naima Waseem. 2016. Nutrient availability and gene expression response to nanoparticles in rice
6. Mr. Muhammad Bilal. 2016. Cadmium accumulation and its effect on physiological activity and oil production in aquatic macrophytes
7. Mr. Salman Ahmed. 2016. Kinetics of benzene degradation using selected bacterial strains 
8. Ms. Komal Siddique. 2016.  Phytoavailability of nitrogen in response to application of titania nanoparticles in soil
9. Ms. Ayesha Neelam. 2015. Synthesis of a carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) based composite membrane and testing its performance in saline water treatment
10. Ms. Bushra. 2016. Lipids production from oleaginous microbes using agricultural residues as a feedstock   
11. Mr. Muhammad Saad Bin Zahid. 2015. Benzene degradation using Rhizospheric Bacteria
12. Ms. Rafia Rafique. 2014. Physiological effects of TiO2 nanoparticles on wheat and lettuce plants in the context of phosphorus bioavailability
13. Ms. Maha Zafar. 2014. Determination of the genotoxic potential of particulate matter in human blood cells
14. Ms. Nahdia Samreen. 2014. Toxicological effects of pure and doped titania nano-particles on leukocytes
15. Ms. Hina Imtiaz. 2014. Impacts of ciprofloxacin on plant growth and soil microbial biomass
16. Ms. Zahra Zahra. 2014. Phytoavailability of nutrients in response to different nanoparticles application in soil.
17. Ms. Rafia Khalid. 2014. Cadmium removal from contaminated water using aquatic floating macrophyte - Nasturtium officinale.
18. Mr. Sana Ullah. 2013. Risk assessment of TiO2 nanoparticles using crop plants: Exposure response of wheat.
19. Ms. Samreen Akhtar. 2013. Toxicity assessment of ciprofloxacin on Triticum aestivum. 
20. Ms. Saddaf Rashid. 2012. Assessing genotoxic effects of airborne pollutants in leucocytes. 
21. Ms. Maryam Siddiqa. 2012. Genotoxicity of pesticides in industry workers.
22. Ms. Hina Umber Hanif. 2012. Phytoavailability of phosphorous affected by TiO2 nanoparticles. 
 
Journal Publications

1. Zahra Z, Waseem N, Zahra R, Lee H, Badshah MA, Mehmood A, Choi H-K, Arshad M*. 2017. Growth and metabolic responses of rice (Oryza sativa L.) cultivated in phosphorus-deficient soil amended with TiO2 nanoparticles. J Agric Food Chem. 65(28):5598-5606. IF 3.154

2. Iqbal A, Arshad M*, Hashmi H, Karthikeyan R, Gentry TJ, Schwab, AP. 2017. Biodegradation of phenol and benzene by endophytic bacterial strains isolated from refinery wastewater-fed Cannabis sativa. Environ Technol, DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2017.1337232, IF 1.715

3. Hina K, Arshad M, Latif H, Ghafoor A, Rafique H. 2017. Sorption of metals by tree bark from synthetic contaminated water. Pak J Agri Sci, DOI: 10.21162/PAKJAS/17.5864, IF 0.609

4. Arshad M, Merlina G, Uzu G, Sobanska S, Sarret G, Dumat C, Silvestre J, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J. 2016. Phytoavailability of lead altered by two Pelargonium cultivars grown on contrasting lead-spiked soils. J Soils Sediments, 16, 581-591, IF 2.522

5. Zahid MS, Iqbal A, Arshad M*. 2016. Benzene degradation with bacterial strains isolated from rhizosphere of Cannabis sativa being irrigated with petroleum refinery wastewater. Desalin Water Treat, 57, 17579-84, IF 1.631

6. Arshad M*, Siddiqa M, Rashid S, Hashmi I, Awan MA, Ali MA. 2016. Biomonitoring of toxic effects of pesticides in occupationally exposed individuals. Saf Health Work. 7, 156-160.

7. Mehmood CT, Qazi IA, Baig MA, Arshad M, Quddos A. 2016. Enhanced photodegradation of titania loaded polyethylene films in a humid environment. Int Biodeter Biodegr, 113, 287–296, IF 2.962

8. Mustafa G, Ali MA, Smith D, Schwinghamer T, Lamont JR, Ahmed N, Hussain S, Arshad M. 2016. Guar, jantar, wheat straw, and rice hull composts as replacements for peat in muskmelon transplant production. Int J Recycl Org Waste Agricult, 5:323–33

9. Khan AHA, Anees M, Arshad M, Muhammad YS, Iqbal M, Yousaf S. 2016. Effects of illuminance and nutrients on bacterial photo-physiology of hydrocarbon degradation. Sci Total Environ, 557–558, 705–711, IF 4.900

10. Husnain A, Qazi IA, Khaliq W, Arshad M. 2016. Immobilization in cement mortar of chromium removed from water using titania nanoparticles. J Environ Manage, 172, 10-17, IF 4.010

11. Imran B, Khan SJ, Qazi IA, Arshad M. 2016. Removal and recovery of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) from industrial wastewater by two-stage diffusion dialysis (DD) and electrodialysis (ED) processes. Desalin Water Treat, 57, 7926–7932, IF 1.631 

12. Waheed H, Hashmi I, Khan SJ, Kim SR, Arshad M, Nasir H. 2016. Microbial population dynamics and profiling of quorum sensing agents in membrane bioreactor. Int Biodeter Biodegr, 113, 66–73, IF 2.962 

13. Ali SS, Qazi IA, Arshad M, Khan Z, Voice TC, Mehmood CT. 2016. Photocatalytic degradation of low density polyethylene (LDPE) films using titania nanotubes. Environ Nanotech Monitor Manage, 5, 44–53.

14. Mehmood CT, Arshad M*, Ashfaq T, Bilal M, Shafiq M, Hina K. 2016. Kinetics of adsorptive removal of Drimarene Brilliant Red from aqueous solution using untreated agricultural residues. Pak J Sci Ind Res Ser. A: Phys. Sci. 59, 11-22.

15. Zafar M, Arshad M*, Khokhar MF. 2015. Assessment of particulate matter (PM10) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons levels at various sites in Faisalabad and their potential toxicity. Pak J Agri Sci, 52, 233-238, IF 0.597

16. Zahra Z, Arshad M*, Rafique R, Mahmood A, Habib A, Qazi IA, Khan SA. 2015. Metallic Nanoparticle (TiO2 and Fe3O4) application modifies rhizosphere phosphorus availability and uptake by Lactuca sativa. J Agric Food Chem. 63, 6876-6882, IF 2.857

17. Hanif HU, Arshad M*, Ali MA, Ahmed N, Qazi IA. 2015. Phytoavailability of phosphorus to Lactuca sativa in response to soil applied TiO2 nanoparticles. Pak J Agri Sci, 52, 177-182, IF 0.597

18. Mehmood CM, Qazi IA, Baig MA, Arshad M, Quddos A. 2015. Application of photodegraded polythene films for the treatment of Drimarene Brilliant Red (DBR) dye. Int Biodeter Biodegr, 102, 31-39, IF 2.429

19. Abbas J, Khokhar MF, Arshad M. 2015.  Monitoring formaldehyde concentration over Islamabad using ground based and satellite observations. J Space Tech, 5, 83-90.

20. Arshad M*, Khalid R, Hina K, Ullah S, Ali MA. 2015. Cadmium removal by aquatic macrophyte (Nasturtium officinale) and potential for oil production from the biomass. Pak J Agri Agril Engg Vet Sci, 31, 1-13

21. Latif W, Qazi IA, Hashmi I, Arshad M, Nasir H, Habib A. 2014. Novel method for preparation of pure and iron doped Titania nanotube coated wood surfaces to disinfect airborne bacterial species Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Env Sci Eng, 31, 681-688. IF 0.991

22. Haleem N, Arshad M*, Shahid M, Tahir MA. 2014. Synthesis of carboxymethyl cellulose from waste of cotton ginning industry. Carbohyd Polym, 113, 249–255. IF 4.074

23. Shahid M, Austruy A, Echevarria G, Arshad M, Sanaullah M, Aslam M, Nadeem M, Nasim W, Dumat C. 2014. EDTA-enhanced phytoremediation of heavy metals: A review. Soil Sediment Contam, 23, 389–416. IF 1.039

24. Rafique R, Arshad M*, Khokhar MF, Qazi IA, Hamza A, Virk N. 2014. Growth response of wheat to Titania nanoparticles application. NUST J Engg Sci, 7, 42-46

25. Ullah S, Arshad M*. 2014. Exposure-response of Triticum aestivum to Titanium dioxide nanoparticles application: Seedling Vigor Index and micronuclei formation. Sci Vision, 20, 57-61

26. Rafique A, Awan MA, Wasti A, Qazi IA, Arshad M. 2013. Removal of fluoride from drinking water using modified immobilized activated alumina. J Chem, 2013, 7 pages, ID 386476, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/386476. IF 0.622

27. Arshad M, Silvestre J, Merlina G, Dumat C, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J. 2012. Thidiazuron-induced shoot organogenesis from mature leaf explants of scented Pelargonium capitatum cultivars. Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult, 108, 315-322. IF 3.633

28. Shahid M, Arshad M, Kaemmerer M, Pinelli E, Probst A, Baque D, Pradere P, Dumat C. 2012. Long-term field metal extraction by Pelargonium: Phytoextraction efficiency in relation to plant maturity.  Int J Phytorem, 14, 493-505. IF 1.179

29. Arshad M*, Murtaza G, Ali MA, Shafiq M, Dumat C, Ahmed N. 2011. Wheat growth and phytoavailability of copper and zinc as affected by soil texture in saline-sodic conditions. Pak J Bot, 43, 2433-2439. IF 0.907

30. Arshad M, Silvestre J, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J, Kaemmerer M, Tarigo A, Shahid M, Guiresse M, Pradere  P,  Dumat C. 2008. A field study of lead phytoextraction by various scented Pelargonium cultivars. Chemosphere, 71, 2187-2192. IF 3.054

31. Arshad M, Silvestre J, Kallerhoff J, Dumat C. 2007. Des géraniums odorants pour décontaminer les sols. Info Chimie, 482, 62-65.

Conference Papers

1. Arshad M, Neelam A, Haleem N. 2017. Preparation and characterization of bio-based composite membrane for water production. 7th International Conference Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESDev-VII) on 26-28 August, COMSATA, Abbottabad, Pakistan.  

2. Gul I, Manzoor M, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M. 2017. Phytoremediation ability of Pelargonium zonale in cadmium contaminated soil. 7th International Conference Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESDev-VII) on 26-28 August, COMSATA, Abbottabad, Pakistan. 

3. Ahmad M, Arshad M. 2017. Growth response of Triticum aestivum to TiO2 nanoparticles. 7th International Conference Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESDev-VII) on 26-28 August, COMSATA, Abbottabad, Pakistan. 

4. Jamil HM, Arshad M. 2017. Phytotoxicity of antibiotics to seed germination and biomass in Triticum aestivum. 2017.  7th International Conference Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESDev-VII) on 26-28 August, COMSATA, Abbottabad, Pakistan. 

5. Manzoor M, Gul I, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M, 2017. Evaluating potential of ornamental plants to grow in lead contaminated soil. 7th International Conference Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESDev-VII) on 26-28 August, COMSATA, Abbottabad, Pakistan.

6. Arshad M, Akhtar S, Imtiaz H, Zahra Z, Khan SA. 2017. Early growth responses of Triticum aestivum to ciprofloxacin and DNA damage assessments through comet assay. 210th International Conference on Environmental Science and Development, Seoul, South Korea 18-19 Jul 2017.

7. Arshad M, Zahra Z, Rafique R, Zahra R, Waseem N. 2017. Nanoparticles Application to Soil: Nutrient Availability, Plant Growth, Toxicity and Food Chain Contamination, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

8. Kallerhoff J, Arshad M, 2017. Phytotechnologies for Environmental Clean-Up, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

9. Manzoor M, Gul I, Arshad M, Kallerhoff J, Hashmi I, Khan MZA, 2017. Screening of Native Ornamental Species as Phytoremediation Technology for Pb Contaminated Soil; Species Variation in Lead Uptake and Translocation, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

10. Gul I, Manzoor M, Arshad M, Hashmi I, Khokhar F, Virk NM, Kallerhoff J, 2017. Potential of Different Organic and Inorganic Amendments in Increasing Bioavailability of Pb and Cd in Soil, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

11. Iqbal A, Arshad M, Karthikeyan R, Schwab AP, Gentry TJ, 2017, Phytoremediation of Phenol in Hypersaline Conditions by Endophytic Bacillus sp. B2, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

12. Kanwal S, Baig S, Hashmi I, Arshad M, 2017. Growth Response in Two Main Tree Species of Islamabad Under Drought Stress and Nitrogen Supply, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

13. Batool A, Zeshan, Arshad M, Khan SJ, 2017. Effect of Substrates on Phytoremediation of Trace Metals from Solid Waste Leachate, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

14. Nisar S, Arshad M, Zeeshan, Bhatti F, 2017. Impact of Soil Texture on Growth of Rice (Oryza sativa L.) in Titania Amended Soils, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

15. Fiaz M, Ahmed I, Hashmi I, Manzoor M, Gul I, Arshad M, 2017. Isolation of Multiples Antibiotic Resistant Microbes from Pharmaceutical Wastewater, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

16. Arshad M, Manzoor M, Gul I, Kallerhoff J, 2017. Plant Growth Promotion in Heavy Metal Contaminated Soil through Multiple Heavy Metal Resistant Bacteria, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

17. Zahra Z, Waseem N, Zahra R, Arshad M, Choi HK, Parveen A, Baig S, Khokhar MF, 2017. Early Growth Response of Wheat (Triticum aestivum) Cultivars to Titanium Dioxide (tio2) Nanoparticles, International Conference on Bioapproaches for Environment and Sustainability (ICBES) on 22-23 February 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan.

18. Zahra, Arshad M. 2014. Synthesis Methods of Titania and Magnetite Nanoparticles for Application to Crop Plants”, 3rd ASEAN-Pakistan Conference on Materials Science (APCoMs 3) on 25-27 November 2014 Islamabad, Pakistan

19. Rafique R, Arshad M. 2014. Growth response of wheat to Titania nanoparticles application. 3rd ASEAN-Pakistan Conference on Materials Science (APCoMs 3) on 25-27 November 2014 Islamabad, Pakistan

20. Arshad M, Siddiqa M, Hashmi I, Awan MA, Ali MA. 2014. DNA damage assessments in blood samples from workers exposed to pesticides in industrial area. 7th International Conference on Challenges in Environmental Science & Engineering, Johar Bahru, Malaysia. 12-16 Oct. 2014.

21. Zahid MS, Iqbal A, Arshad M. 2014. Isolation and identification of rhizospheric bacteria for the degradation of Benzene. 15th International Congress of Soil Science on “Soil Management in Changing Climate”, Islamabad, Pakistan. 18-20 Mar, 2014.

22. Arshad M, Zahra Z. 2014. Nanotechnology in agriculture. A Pakistani perspective. Advancements in Science and Research, CIIT Vehari, Pakistan. 17th Mar, 2014.

23. Khalid R, Arshad M, Bilal M, Mehboob F. 2013. Cadmium removal from wastewater using aquatic macrophyte – Nasturtium officinale. ESDEV 2013, CIIT Abbottabad, Pakistan. 25-27 Aug, 2013.

24. Iqbal A, Arshad M. 2013. Hydrocarbon degradation potential of endophytic bacterial isolates from petroleum refinery wastewater". ESDEV 2013, CIIT Abbotabad, Pakistan. 25-27 Aug, 2013.

25. Arshad M. 2012. Biotechnology can contribute to modify lignin contents and simplify biomass to fuel conversion. VASSCAA-6, Renewable Energy Technologies. Pak-China Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan. 11-12 Oct 2012.

26. Arshad M. 2012. Comet Assay: an effective tool for genotoxicity and environmental monitoring. International Conference of Toxicology, UVAS, Lahore, Pakistan. 26-27 Jan 2012.

27. Rashid S, Arshad M, Hashmi I, Baig MA. 2012. Genotoxic impact of airborne pollutants on leucocytes. International Conference of Toxicology, UVAS, Lahore, Pakistan. 26-27 Jan 2012.

28. Arshad M. 2012. Biomass to fuel: Biotechnology can help to reduce lignin contents and simplify extraction procedure. ASTech-2012. CIIT Vehari, Pakistan. 26 Feb 2012.

29. Arshad M. 2011. Genetic engineering for environmental remediation. Environmental Issues & Remedies, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. 23 Nov 2011.

30. Arshad M. 2010. Biotechnology and renewable energy systems. 1st International Symposium on Vacuum Science and Technology, Islamabad. November 2-6, 2010. 

31. Arshad M, Kallerhoff J, Dumat C, Islam E, Khan QM. 2010. Genetic engineering for the environment: Concepts and applications. 1st National Conference on Biotechnology and Microbiology (FNCOBAM 2010), University of Peshawar, KPK, Pakistan. July 4-7, 2010.

32. Arshad M, Shahid M, Pradere P, Dumat CJ. 2009. Gestion floristique de sols pollués par métaux: étude long terme de la phytoextraction du plomb. 2e rencontre nationale de la recherche sur les sites et sols pollués. Paris, France. 20-21 Oct. 2009.

33. Uzu G, Arshad M, Dumat CJ. 2009. Etude comparative de la remediation d'un sol contaminé au plomb par des techniques de phytoextraction et physicochimique. 2e rencontres nationales de la recherche sur les sites et sols pollués. Paris, France. 20-21 Oct. 2009. 

34. Arshad M, Dumat C, Silvestre J, A. Jauneau, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J. 2008. Phytoextraction of lead by scented Pelargonium cultivars: phytoavailability, localization and interaction with cations. 4th European Bioremediation Conference, Chania, Crete, Greece. 3-6 Sep, 2008.

35. Arshad M, Silvestre J, Dumat C, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J.  2008. Optimizationof in vitro plant regeneration for lead hyperaccumulator scented Pelargonium cultivars. 4th European Bioremediation Conference, Chania, Crete, Greece. 3-6 Sep, 2008.

36. Arshad M, Silvestre J, Kallerhoff J, Pinelli E, Kaemmerer M, Pradere P, Shahid M, Dumat C. 2007. Des Pélargoniums odorants pour la phyto-remédiation de sols contaminés par les métaux. Pollutec, Nov, 27-30, 2007. Paris - Nord Villepinte, France.

37. Le Cadre E, Gerard F, Devau N, Clairotte M, Li H, Aznar JL, Arshad M, Jaillard B, Hinsinger P. 2007. Soil pH modifications in the rhizosphere: a real impact on P availability in soil? Rhizopshere 2, International Conference. Montpellier, France. 26-31 Aug, 2007. 

38. Arshad M, Le Cadre E, Hinsinger P, Jaillard B. 2006. Interaction between soil pH buffer capacity and phosphorus bioavailability. 3rd International Symposium:  Phosphorus Dynamics in Soil-Plant Continuum. Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. 14-19 May, 2006.
Jun 2010—Todate: Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, National University of Sciences & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Jan 2010—Jun 2010: Assistant Professor, Environmental Biotechnology Division, National Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, Faisalabad, Pakistan