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Dr. Muhammad Arshad
Associate Professor
Environmental Sciences

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

Environmental Biotechnology

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

HEC Approved PhD Supervisor​

Dr Arshad has been serving in academia since 2010. He has designed and taught various undergraduate and postgraduate level courses including Environmental Biotechnology, Environmental Microbiology, Ecology and Risk Assessment, Environmental Analytical Techniques, Freshwater Ecology and Ecological Management. Soil and water pollution, being the global as well as social issues, require ongoing evaluation and revision of policies at all levels. The main focus is to address environmental issues through ecosystem approaches

To execute the research activities, he has been able to win research funding of around PKR 15 million from different funding agencies. Environmental Biotechnology group has successfully completed four environmental/ecosystem sustainability projects and currently, two funded projects are in progress. This research work has led to publication of 55 research articles in different journals of repute with overall cumulative impact factor of 130. He has been able to publish 8 chapters in books from renowned publishers and few are in pipeline. He has 11 full paper conference publications and 37 abstract based proceedings and invited presentations to his credit. He has an H-index of 15 (Google scholar) currently. Four PhD students have completed their doctoral degrees under his supervision. He has supervised more than 30 Master research theses. Currently, he is supervising 4 PhD and 8 MS students for their research work. Partial 16s rRNA gene sequences of 130 bacterial strains with accession numbers have been published online at National Center for Biotechnology Information, DNA Data Bank of Japan and European Nucleotide Archive. He has one national patent that was licensed in 2018.

Dr Arshad has been serving as a member of Board of Studies of different universities. He has been reviewer to many reputed journals and, national and international funding agencies. He is part of various development committees at university and national level with particular focus to environmental sustainability, technology interventions and social development.  ​​

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Editorial Board Member, Applied Environmental Biotechnology Journal
  • Editorial Board Member, Environment, Earth and Ecology Journal
  • Member, the International Association for Ecology 
  • Member, Soil Science Society of Pakistan
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology

Trainings and Awards

  • Service-Learning Concepts in Civic Engagement
  • Writing Effective Project Proposal
  • Diversity Management at Workplace
  • Quality Assurance in Academia
  • Trainings in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Microscopy
  • Scientific Writing and Modern Methods of Bibliography
  • Higher Education Commission's open merit scholarship for PhD abroad
  • Certificate of Merit in 2015 from Rector NUST for Services as Faculty Sponsor NUST Environment Club
  • 1st Prize winner for innovative technologies, Pollutec, 2007, Paris, France
  • Scholarship holder throughout educational career

Patented#142891: Fatima Shahid, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Imran Hashmi and Muhammad Arshad. Development of Pure and 1% Silver Doped Titania (TiO2) Embedded Polyethylene (PET) Film Protector to Disinfect Bacterial Species on Mobile Phone. Accepted on 09/08/2018.

Partial Sequences Published at GenBank of NCBI

Partial sequences of 130 bacterial strains with Accession Numbers are published online at NCBI. The sequence numbers are;

  • 03 Sequences          Accession Numbers - KM520129 – 520131
  • 07 Sequences          Accession Numbers - KP117040 – 117046
  • 11 Sequences          Accession Numbers - KX262672 – 262672
  • 109 Sequences        Accession Numbers - LC270154 – 270262​​

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 Interests and Skills​​

  • Ecosystem approaches for sustainability
  • Soil-plant interactions: Bioremediation of heavy metals and petrochemicals
  • Nanoparticles in soil - plant continuum: growth effects and toxicity
  • Genetic transformation, phylogenetic analysis, functional genomics
  • Microscopy, microtomy and cellular imaging
  • Working experience with some statistical softwares
  • Fluent in English and French languages

​Research Supervision

 PhD Environmental Science Completed

  1. Ms. Iram Gul. 04/2019. Organic and inorganic amendments mediated phytoextraction of lead and cadmium

  2. Ms. Maria Manzoor. 04/2019.  Microbiological interventions at soil plant interface to induce lead mobility and its remediation

  3. Ms. Zahra. 03/2019. Mobility and uptake of phosphorus by rice and wheat in TiO2 nanoparticles amended soil

  4. Ms. Aneela Iqbal. 10/2018. Phytoremediation of petrochemicals using endophytic bacteria

 MS Environmental Science Students – Completed

  1. Ms. S. Phyzia Tariq. 2019. Toxicity of titania nanoparticles to rice (Oryza sativa L.) and its rhizospheric soil

  2. Ms. Anum Amin. 2019. Influence of simultaneous application of antibiotics and nanoparticles on wheat growth

  3. Ms. Fariha Ajmal. 2019. Integrated approach for phytoextraction of Pb contaminated soil using Pelargonium species

  4. Ms. Ayesha Mukhtar. 2018. Role of organic amendments in alleviation of antibiotic toxicity in plants (Oryza sativa L.)

  5. Ms. Sana Nisar. 2018. Impact of soil texture on growth of rice (Oryza sativa L.) and multi-nutrient availability in titania amended soils

  6. Mr. Maaz Ahmad. 2017. Effects of soil pH on phosphorus availability and microbial population upon TiO2 nanoparticles application

  7. Ms. Hira Imam Jamil. 2017. Growth response and toxicity induced in wheat irrigated with antibiotic containing water

  8. Ms. Shagufta Irum. 2017. Comparative analysis of fertilizer levels and application methods of titania nanoparticles on the growth of rice (Oryza sativa L.)

  9. Ms. Marium Fiaz. 2017. Screening of microbes isolated from environmental samples for antibiotic resistance

  10. Ms. Naima Waseem. 2016. Nutrient availability and gene expression in response to nanoparticles application in rice

  11. Ms. Rubab Zahra. 2016. Phytotoxicity in response to NPs in Rice and their impacts on animal model

  12. Ms. Neelam Naqvi. 2016. Effect of DIPA and EDTA on lead phytoavailability and uptake

  13. Ms. Anza Javaid. 2016. Isolation and identification of chromium tolerant bacterial strains and their potential to promote plant growth

  14. Mr. Muhammad Bilal. 2016. Cadmium accumulation and its effect on super oxide dismutase (SOD) activity in Nasturtium officinale.

  15. Mr. Salman Ahmed. 2016. Kinetics of benzene degradation using selected bacterial strains

  16. Ms. Komal Siddique. 2016. Effect of Nano-TiO2 on nitrogen uptake and rhizobium-legume symbiosis

  17. Ms. Ayesha Neelam. 2016. Synthesis of a carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) based composite membrane and testing its performance in saline water treatment

  18. Ms. Bushra. 2016. Lipids production from oleaginous microbes using agricultural residues as a feedstock

  19. Mr. Muhammad Saad Bin Zahid. 2015. Benzene degradation using Rhizospheric Bacteria

  20. Ms. Rafia Rafique. 2014. Physiological effects of TiO2 nanoparticles on wheat and lettuce plants in the context of phosphorus bioavailability

  21. Ms. Maha Zafar. 2014. Determination of the genotoxic potential of particulate matter in human blood cells

  22. Ms. Nahdia Samreen. 2014. Toxicological effects of pure and doped titania nano-particles on leukocytes

  23. Ms. Hina Imtiaz. 2014. Impacts of ciprofloxacin on plant growth and soil microbial biomass

  24. Ms. Zahra Zahra. 2014. Phytoavailability of nutrients in response to different nanoparticles application in soil.

  25. Ms. Rafia Khalid. 2014. Cadmium removal from contaminated water using aquatic floating macrophyte - Nasturtium officinale.

  26. Mr. Sana Ullah. 2013. Risk assessment of TiO2 nanoparticles using crop plants: Exposure response of wheat.

  27. Ms. Samreen Akhtar. 2013. Toxicity assessment of ciprofloxacin on Triticum aestivum.

  28. Ms. Saddaf Rashid. 2012. Assessing genotoxic effects of airborne pollutants in leucocytes.

  29. Ms. Maryam Siddiqa. 2012. Genotoxicity of pesticides in industry workers.

  30. Ms. Hina Umber Hanif. 2012. Phytoavailability of phosphorous affected by TiO2 nanoparticles.

Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Students – Final Year Projects

     1.       Hamna Aamir, Iqra Javed, Wajeeha Naz. 2015. Cellulose isolation from cotton gin waste and synthesis of cellulose/PVA membrane for heavy metals removal.      

     2.       Muhammad Ali Inam, Qudsia Khanam, Syed Asar Ul Hasnain, Talha Bin Umeed. 2014. Production of cellulose acetate from biowaste.

     3.       Adnan Maqbool, Maseeh-ud-Din, Saliha Akram, Syed Iftikhar Hussain, Warda Ajaz. 2012. Color removal from textile wastewater using biosorbents. 

Journal Publications ​

1. Gul I, Manzoor M, Hashmi I, Bhatti MF, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2019. Plant uptake and leaching potential upon application of amendments in soils spiked with heavy metals (Cd and Pb). J Env Manage, IF 4.865

2. Hina K, Abbas M, Hussain Q, Arshad M, Ali S, Rizwan M. 2019. Investigation into arsenic retention in arid contaminated soils with biochar application. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. DOI: 10.1007/s12517-019-4865-3. IF 1.141

3. Iqbal A, Mukherjee M, Rashid J, Khan SA, Ali MA, Arshad M*. 2019. Development of plant-microbe phytoremediation system for petroleum hydrocarbon degradation: An insight from alk b gene expression and phytotoxicity analysis. Sci Total Environ. 671, 696-704. IF 5.589

4. Manzoor M, Gul I, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2019. Fungi-assisted phytoextraction of lead: tolerance, plant growth–promoting activities and phytoavailability. Environ Sci Pollut Res, IF 2.914

5. Manzoor M, Gul I, Ahmed I, Zeeshan M, Hashmi I, Amin BAZ, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2019. Metal tolerant bacteria enhanced phytoextraction of lead by two accumulator ornamental species. Chemosphere 227, 561-569. IF 5.108

6. Zahra Z, Maqbool T, Arshad M, Badshah MA, Choi HK, Hur J. 2019. Changes in fluorescent dissolved organic matter and their association with phytoavailable phosphorus in soil amended with TiO2 nanoparticles. Chemosphere 227, 17-25. IF 5.108

7. Rizwan M, Ali S, Ali B, Adrees M, Arshad M, Hussain A, Rehman MZ, Waris AA. 2019. Zinc and iron oxide nanoparticles improved the plant growth and reduced the oxidative stress and cadmium concentration in wheat. Chemosphere 214, 269-277. IF 5.108

8. Gul I, Manzoor M, Hashim N, Yaqoob K, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2019. Comparative effectiveness of organic and inorganic amendments on cadmium bioavailability and uptake by Pelargonium hortorum. J Soils Sediments. 19, 2346–2356. IF 2.669

9. Gul I, Manzoor M, Silvestre J, Rizwan M, Hina K, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2019. EDTA−Assisted phytoextraction of lead and cadmium by pelargonium cultivars grown on spiked soil. Int J Phytorem, 21, 101-110. IF 2.237

10. Zahra Z, Ali MA, Parveen A, Kim E, Khokhar MF, Baig S, Choi HK, Arshad M*. 2019. Exposure–response of wheat cultivars to TiO2 nanoparticles in contrasted soils. Soil Sediment Contam. 28, 184-199. IF 0. 992

11. Iqbal A, Arshad M*, Karthikiyan R, Gentry TJ, Rashid J, Ahmed I, Schwab AP. 2019. Diesel degrading bacterial endophytes with plant growth promoting potential isolated from a petroleum storage facility. 3 Biotech, 9(1).35. DOI: IF 1.786

12. Rizwan M, Ali S, Rehman MZ, Adrees M, Arshad M, Qayyum MF, Ali L, Hussain A, Chatha SAS, Imran M. 2019. Alleviation of cadmium accumulation in maize (Zea mays L.) by foliar spray of zinc oxide nanoparticles and biochar to contaminated soil. Environ Pollut, 248, 358-367. IF 5.714

13. Manzoor M, Abid R, Rathinasabapathi B, De Oliveira LM, da Silva E, Deng F, Rensing C, Arshad M, Gul I, Xiang P, Ma LQ. 2019. Metal tolerance of Arsenic-resistant bacteria and Their potential to promote plant growth in Pb-contaminated soil. Sci Total Environ, 660, 18-24. IF 5.589

14. Hina K, Kanwal SS, Arshad M, Gul I. 2019. Effect of cadmium (Cd) stress of spinach (Spinacea pleracea) and its retention kinetics in soil in response to organic amendments. Pak J Agric Sci. 56, 179-185. IF 0.618

15. Rafique R, Baek SH, Park CY, Chang S-J, Gul AR, Ha S, Nguyen TP, Oh H, Ham S, Arshad M, Lee H, Park TJ. 2018. Morphological evolution of upconversion nanoparticles and their biomedical signal generation. Scientific Rep, 8:17101, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-35513-1. IF 4.011

16. Rehman S, Adil A, Shaikh AJ, Shah JA, Arshad M, Ali MA, Bilal M. 2018. Role of sorption energy and chemisorption in batch methylene blue and Cu2+ adsorption by novel thuja cone carbon in binary component system: linear and nonlinear modeling. Environ Sci Pollut Res, 25, 31579-31592. IF 2.914

17. Zahra Z, Kim SY, Kim HY, Lee H, Lee H, Jeon JY, Kim DM, Kim DM, Hong SJ, Cho BK, Lee H, Lee CG, Arshad M, Choi HK. 2018. Phycobiliproteins production enhancement and lipidomic alteration by titanium dioxide nanoparticles in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 culture. J Agric Food Chem. 66 (32), 8522–8529. IF 3.571

18. Rafique R, Zahra Z, Virk N, Shahid M, Pinelli E, Park TJ, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2018. Dose-dependent physiological responses of Triticum aestivum L. to soil applied TiO2 nanoparticles: Alterations in chlorophyll content, H2O2 production, and genotoxicity. Agric Ecosyst Environ. 255, 95–101. IF 3.954

19. Manzoor M, Gul I, Silvestre J, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2018. Screening of indigenous ornamental species from different plant families for Pb accumulation potential exposed to metal gradient in spiked soils. Soil Sediment Contam, 27, 439–453. IF 0.992

20. Khalid S, Han J-I, Hashmi I, Hasnain G, Ahmed MA, Khan SJ, Arshad M. 2018. Strengthening calcium alginate microspheres using polysulfone and its performance evaluation: Preparation, characterization and application for enhanced biodegradation of chlorpyrifos. Sci Total Environ. 631–632, 1046–1058. IF 5.589

21. Rashid S, Arshad M, Siddiqa M, Ahmad R. 2018. Evaluation of DNA damage in traffic police wardens of Pakistan due to cadmium and zinc. Sci Total Environ. 630, 1360–1364. IF 5.589

22. Rafique R, Zahra Z, Virk N, Shahid M, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J, Park TJ, Arshad M*. 2018. Data on rhizosphere pH, phosphorus uptake and wheat growthresponsesuponTiO2 nanoparticles application. 2018. Data Brief. 17, 890–896.

23. Abbas T, Rizwan M, Ali S, Adrees M, Mahmood A, Zia-Ur-Rehman M, Ibrahim M, Arshad M, Qayyum MF. 2018. Biochar application increased the growth and yield and reduced cadmium in drought stressed wheat grown in an aged contaminated soil. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 148, 825-833. IF 4.527

24. Iqbal A, Arshad M*, Hashmi H, Karthikeyan R, Gentry TJ, Schwab, AP. 2018. Biodegradation of phenol and benzene by endophytic bacterial strains isolated from refinery wastewater-fed Cannabis sativa. Environ Technol, 39, 1705-1714. IF 1.918

25. 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 3.412

26. 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, 54(2), 271-276. IF 0.677

27. Parveen A, Zahra Z, Farooqi MQ, Kyunn WW, Arshad M. 2017. Phytochemical screening and content determination of different species of genus Caesalpinia belonging to different origin with antidiabetic activity. Pharmacog J. 9:743-749.

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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

31. 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

32. 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

33. 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 

34. 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 

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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

38. 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.

39. 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

40. 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

41. 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

42. 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

43. 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.

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

45. 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

46. 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

47. 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

48. 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

49. 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.

50. 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, IF 0.622

51. 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

52. 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

53. 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

54. 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

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

Book Chapters

1. Manzoor M, Gul I, Iqrar I, Arshad M. 2020. Solid waste management practices in Pakistan. In: Sustainable Waste Management Challenges in Developing Countries. Edited by A. Pariatamby, F. Shahul Hamid, & M. Bhatti. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, UAE. DOI:10.4018/978-1-7998-0198-6.ch010. Pp. 248-269.

2. Iqbal A, Manzoor M, Arshad M. 2019. Biodegradation of E-waste Pollution. In: Electronic Waste Pollution: Environmental Occurrence and Treatment Technologies. Edited by M.Z. Hashmi, A. Varma. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Pp. 291-306.

3. Ali MA, Fahad S, Haider I, Ahmed N, Ahmad S, Hussain S, Arshad M. 2019. Oxidative stress and antioxidant defense in plants exposed to metal/metalloid toxicity. In: Reactive Oxygen, Nitrogen and Sulfur Species in Plants: Production, Metabolism, Signaling and Defense Mechanisms. Edited by Hasanuzzaman M, Fotopoulos V, Nahar K, Fujita M. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. (DOI:

4. Saboor A, Mustafa G, Arshad M, Ahmad M, Hussain S, Ahmed N, Ahmad S, Shahid M, Ali MA. 2019. Seed priming and metal/metalloid stress tolerance in plants. In: Priming and Pretreatment of Seeds and Seedlings. Edited by M. Hasanuzzaman, V. Fotopoulos. Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. (DOI: Pp. 287-312.

5. Shakeel MT, Parveen R, Haider I, Arshad M, Ahmad S, Ahmad N, Hussain S, Riaz M, Ali MA. 2019. Seed pretreatment as a means to achieve pathogen control.  In: Priming and Pretreatment of Seeds and Seedlings. Edited by M. Hasanuzzaman, V. Fotopoulos. Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. (DOI: Pp. 363-372.

6. Ali MA, Ilyas F, Arshad M, Hussain S, Iqbal M, Ahmad S, Saboor A, Mustafa G, Ahmed N. 2019. Microbial inoculation of seeds for better plant growth and productivity. In: Priming and Pretreatment of Seeds and Seedlings. Edited by M. Hasanuzzaman, V. Fotopoulos. Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. (DOI: Pp. 523-550.

7. Zafar R, Arshad M, Naseer K, Ali MA, Ahmed Z, Nabi D. 2019. Monitoring of organic pollutants: PCBs in marine ecosystem. In: Marine Ecology: Current and Future Developments. Edited by D-S. Pei, M. Junaid. Bentham Science Publishers. 10.2174/97898114126911190101. Pp.114-135.

8. Iqbal A, Arshad M, Ahmed I. 2018. Plant-bacterial association for bioremediation of hydrocarbon substrates. In Microbial action on Hydrocarbons Edited by Kumar V, Kumar M, Prasad R. Springer® Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. (DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1840-5).

Conference Publications (Full Paper)

1. Arshad M, Javaid A, Manzoor M, Hina K, Ali MA, Ahmed I. 2018. Isolation and identification of chromium-tolerant bacterial strains and their potential to promote plant growth. 6th International Conference on Environment Pollution and Prevention (ICEPP 2018). E3S Web Conf. Vol 96, 2019, Article No. 01005, pages 5.

2. Iqbal A, Arshad M. 2018. Endophyte assisted Naphthalene biodegradation kinetics: A pilot scale investigation. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Development Beyond 2030 (Volume I-III), Edited by Prof. Abdul Ghani Olabi, pp. 69-74, University of West of the Scotland, Scotland, UK

3. Manzoor M, Gul I, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M. 2018. Effect of different levels of lead on soil enzymatic activity and restoration by resistant bacteria. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Development Beyond 2030 (Volume I-III), Edited by Prof. Abdul Ghani Olabi, pp. 25-30, University of West of the Scotland, Scotland, UK

4. Zahra Z, Arshad M, Iqbal A, Choi HK. 2018. Alterations in metabolic profiles of wheat and rice grains induced by TiO2 nanoparticles spiked soils. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Development Beyond 2030 (Volume I-III), Edited by Prof. Abdul Ghani Olabi, pp. 91-96, University of West of the Scotland, Scotland, UK

5. Gul I, Manzoor M, Hashim N, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M. 2018. Comparison of EDTA, citric acid and TiO2 nanoparticles to support Cd phytoaccumulation in spiked soil. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE'18), Niagara Fall, Canada. Pp. 119-1-8. 

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, pp. 21-25. Academics World, Seoul, South Korea. 

7. Imtiaz J, Hashmi I, Saeed A, Qazi IA, Arshad M. 2013. Development of PCR protocol for detection of Escherichia coli in drinking water. In: Water Resources Management VII, edited by C. A. Brebbia, WIT Press, UK. P225-234.

8. Farooq S, Hashmi I, Arshad M, Qazi IA. 2013. Acetanilide herbicide degradation using indigenous soil microorganisms. In: Safety and Security Engineering V, edited by F. Garzia, C. A. Brebbia, M. Guarascio. WIT Press, UK. P685-690.

9. Arshad M, Saeed A, Baig MA. 2010. Biotechnology and renewable energy systems. Proceedings of 1st International Symposium on Vacuum Science and Technology. Edited by K. Ahmed, S.W. Husain, J.A. Bhatti, S. Qaiser, T. Hussain, W. Khan, A. Amin, N. Hussain. pp. 403-407.  Pakistan Vacuum Society, Islamabad, Pakistan 

10. 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. Proceedings of 4th European Bioremediation Conference, Edited by F. Fava; S.A. Banwart; N. Kalogerakis, ID 119 (4 pages), University of Crete, Chania, Crete, Greece.

11. Arshad M, Silvestre J, Dumat, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J. 2008. Optimization of in vitro plant regeneration for lead hyperaccumulator scented Pelargonium cultivars. Proceedings of 4th European Bioremediation Conference, Edited by F. Fava; S.A. Banwart; N. Kalogerakis, ID 120 (4 pages), University of Crete, Chania, Crete, Greece.

Courses Taught

  • ENS – 826 Environmental Biotechnology
  • ENE – 821 Environmental Microbiology
  • ENE – 826 Ecology and Risk Assessment
  • ENS – 801 Environmental Analytical Techniques
  • ENS – 824 Freshwater Ecology
  • ENE – 251 Ecological Management
  • CSL – 401 Community Service Learning
  • ENS – 901 Special Topics in Environmental Science

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