Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
I am a PhD student on a jointly awarded programme between the University of Adelaide, Australia and the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Before joining these two Universities, I worked twice as a research assistant at Quaid-i-Azam University and National Agricultural Research Center (both located in Islamabad, Pakistan). My research at these institutions was focused on studying phenotypic and genetic variations for several traits including mineral efficiency, metal uptake and toxicity, stay green, and yield related traits in a historical spring wheat panel from Pakistan. My future interests are to study genetic/genomic based models for developing climate-resilient crops.
My research focuses on using an imaging technique, Near-infrared Spectroscopy (NIR), combined with a broad spectral camera (Hyper-spectral Imaging) to predict protein content of wheat. I will use this technique to screen and identify wheat varieties with high grain protein content. The project further involves studying the biochemical mechanism of protein deposition in the wheat grain.
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 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), e20066.
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.
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, 145301.
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), e20030.
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, 70.
DOI Scopus4 Europe PMC1
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, 109102.
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.
DOI Scopus8 Europe PMC3
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, 100175.
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.
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), 193.
— Uddin, S., Safdar, L. B., Anwar, S., Iqbal, J., Laila, S., Abbasi, B. A., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (n.d.). Green Synthesis of Nickel Oxide Nanoparticles from Berberis balochistanica Stem for Investigating Bioactivities. Molecules, 26(6), 1548.
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