Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
I am doing a joint/dual PhD between the Universities of Adelaide (AUS) and Nottingham (UK). Before this, I did a MPhil and worked for 1-year as a Research Assistant at Quaid-i-Azam University (Islamabad, Pakistan). My research there was focused on studying phenotypic and genetic variation for mineral efficiency, metal uptake and toxicity, stay green, and yield components in wheat. In future, I am interested to study genetic/genomic based models for developing climate-resilient crops.
My research focuses on investigating the biochemical regulation of grain protein content (GPC) in wheat. The locus regulating major genetic variation for GPC in wheat (Gpc-B1) was discovered nearly two decades ago from a wild emmer wheat. Since then, plenty of research has focused on improving GPC in wheat by integrating funtional alleles of Gpc-B1 into modern high yielding varieties; however, success has been limited due to factors like negative yield trade-off or grain weight loss due to rapid senescence. Senescence and post-anthesis nitrogen remobilisation have long been believed to be the major regulators of GPC in wheat; however, recent information has emerged that indicates toward the role of plant vasculature. My research involves further investigations into the role of plant vasculature in the regulation of GPC in wheat.
Date Position Institution name 2018 - 2019 Research Assistant Quaid-i-Azam University 2016 - 2017 Research Assistant National Agricultural Research Center
Language Competency Chinese (Mandarin) Can speak and understand spoken English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Panjabi; Punjabi Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Urdu Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2016 - 2018 Quaid-i-Azam University Pakistan MPhil Plant Sciences 2014 - 2016 Quaid-i-Azam University Pakistan MSc Plant Sciences
Research InterestsBiochemistry & Molecular Biology Bioinformatics Biotechnology Crop and Pasture Physiology Developmental Genetics Dietetics and Nutrigenomics Evolutionary Biology Evolutionary Impacts of Climate Change Food Science Gene Expression Genetically Modified Field Crops and Pasture Genetically Modified Horticulture Plants Genetics Genetics & Heredity Genome Structure and Regulation Genomics Horticultural Crop Improvement Medical Genetics Medical Virology Nanobiotechnology Nutrition and Dietetics Oncology and Carcinogenesis Plant Biology Plant Cell and Molecular Biology Plant Developmental and Reproductive Biology Plant Pathology Plant Physiology Reproductive Biology Signal Transduction
Year Citation 2023 Liu, L., Qin, L., Safdar, L. B., Zhao, C., Cheng, X., Xie, M., . . . Wei, Y. (2023). The plant trans-Golgi network component ECHIDNA regulates defense, cell death, and endoplasmic reticulum stress. Plant Physiology, 191(1), 558-574.
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2023 Safdar, L. B., Dugina, K., Saeidan, A., Yoshicawa, G. V., Caporaso, N., Gapare, B., . . . Fisk, I. D. (2023). Reviving grain quality in wheat through non‐destructive phenotyping techniques like hyperspectral imaging. Food and Energy Security, 12(5), 1-21.
2023 Safdar, L. B., Foulkes, M. J., Kleiner, F. H., Searle, I. R., Bhosale, R. A., Fisk, I. D., & Boden, S. A. (2023). Challenges facing sustainable protein production: Opportunities for cereals. Plant Communications, 4(6), 100716-1-100716-34.
2023 Xu, Y., Wei, Y., Zhou, Z., Cai, X., Boden, S. A., Umer, M. J., . . . Liu, F. (2023). Widespread incomplete lineage sorting and introgression shaped adaptive radiation in the Gossypium genus. Plant Communications, 100728.
2023 Safdar, L. B., Fisk, I. D., & Foulkes, M. J. (2023). The role of plant vasculature in tackling N₂O emissions. Trends in Plant Science, 28(12), 1354-1356.
2022 Uddin, S., Bin Safdar, L., Fatima, I., Iqbal, J., Ahmad, S., Ahsan Abbasi, B., & Masood Quraishi, U. (2022). Bioprospecting roots, stem and leaves extracts of Berberis baluchistanica Ahrendt. (Berberidaceae) as a natural source of biopharmaceuticals. Journal of Taibah University for Science, 16(1), 954-965.
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2022 Ullah, F., Ahmad, M., Zafar, M., Parveen, B., Ashfaq, S., Bahadur, S., . . . Luqman, M. (2022). Pollen morphology and its taxonomic potential in some selected taxa of Caesalpiniaceae observed under light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Microscopy Research and Technique, 85(4), 1410-1420.
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2022 Uddin, S., Iqbal, J., Safdar, L. B., Ahmad, S., Abbasi, B. A., Capasso, R., . . . Quraihi, U. M. (2022). Green Synthesis of BPL-NiONPs Using Leaf Extract of Berberis pachyacantha: Characterization and Multiple In Vitro Biological Applications. Molecules, 27(7), 2064.
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2021 Tehseen, M. M., Tonk, F. A., Tosun, M., Amri, A., Sansaloni, C. P., Kurtulus, E., . . . Nazari, K. (2021). Genome-wide association study of resistance to PstS2 and Warrior races of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (stripe rust) in bread wheat landraces. Plant Genome, 14(1), 20 pages.
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2021 Uddin, S., Safdar, L. B., Anwar, S., Iqbal, J., Laila, S., Abbasi, B. A., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2021). Green synthesis of nickel oxide nanoparticles from berberis balochistanica stem for investigating bioactivities. Molecules, 26(6), 14 pages.
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2021 Zhao, C., Safdar, L. B., Xie, M., Shi, M., Dong, Z., Yang, L., . . . Liu, S. (2021). Mutation of the PHYTOENE DESATURASE 3 gene causes yellowish-white petals in Brassica napus. Crop Journal, 9(5), 1124-1134.
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2021 Safdar, L. B., Umer, M. J., Almas, F., Uddin, S., Safdar, Q. T. A., Blighe, K., & Quraishi, U. M. (2021). Identification of genetic factors controlling phosphorus utilization efficiency in wheat by genome-wide association study with principal component analysis. Gene, 768, 10 pages.
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2021 Uddin, S., Safdar, L. B., Iqbal, J., Yaseen, T., Laila, S., Anwar, S., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2021). Green synthesis of nickel oxide nanoparticles using leaf extract of Berberis balochistanica: Characterization, and diverse biological applications. Microscopy Research and Technique, 84(9), 2004-2016.
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2020 Safdar, L. B., Almas, F., Sarfraz, S., Ejaz, M., Ali, Z., Mahmood, Z., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2020). Genome-wide association study identifies five new cadmium uptake loci in wheat. Plant Genome, 13(2), 14 pages.
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2020 Safdar, L. B., Andleeb, T., Latif, S., Umer, M. J., Tang, M., Li, X., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2020). Genome-Wide Association Study and QTL Meta-Analysis Identified Novel Genomic Loci Controlling Potassium Use Efficiency and Agronomic Traits in Bread Wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11, 14 pages.
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2020 Muhammad Jawad, U., Gao, L., Gebremeskel, H., Safdar, L. B., Yuan, P., Zhao, S., . . . Liu, W. (2020). Expression pattern of sugars and organic acids regulatory genes during watermelon fruit development. Scientia Horticulturae, 265, 13 pages.
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2020 Razzaq, A., Ali, A., Safdar, L. B., Zafar, M. M., Rui, Y., Shakeel, A., . . . Yuan, Y. (2020). Salt stress induces physiochemical alterations in rice grain composition and quality. Journal of Food Science, 85(1), 14-20.
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2020 Safdar, L. B., Umer, M. J., Almas, F., Uddin, S., Safdar, Q. -T. -A., Blighe, K., & Quraishi, U. M. (2020). Identification of genetic factors controlling phosphorus utilization efficiency in wheat by genome-wide association study with principal component analysis.
2020 Tehseen, M. M., Tonk, F. A., Tosun, M., Amri, A., Sansaloni, C., Kurtulus, E., . . . Nazari, K. (2020). Genome Wide Association Study of Resistance to PstS2 and Warrior Races of Stripe (Yellow) Rust in Bread Wheat Landraces.
2020 Safdar, L. B., Almas, F., Rehman, A. U., Umer, M. J., Ali Shah, S. M., Uddin, S., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2020). Genetic dissection of Ni toxicity in a spring wheat diversity panel by using 90 K SNP array. Current Plant Biology, 24, 7 pages.
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2020 Zhao, C., Liu, L., Safdar, L. B., Xie, M., Cheng, X., Liu, Y., . . . Liu, S. (2020). Characterization and fine Mapping of a yellow-virescent gene regulating chlorophyll biosynthesis and early stage chloroplast development in Brassica napus. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 10(9), 3201-3211.
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2020 Umer, M. J., Bin Safdar, L., Gebremeskel, H., Zhao, S., Yuan, P., Zhu, H., . . . Liu, W. (2020). Identification of key gene networks controlling organic acid and sugar metabolism during watermelon fruit development by integrating metabolic phenotypes and gene expression profiles. Horticulture Research, 7(1), 13 pages.
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Adelaide Nottingham PhD Alliance, University of Adelaide Research Scholarship (UARS)
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