Dr. Sohail Ahmad Jan (PhD QAU, Islamabad)


Dr. Sohail Ahmad Jan completed his PhD degree in Biotechnology from Quaid-i Azam University, Islamabad. Sohail does research in Biotechnology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology. Their current projects are transgenic plants development against abiotic stresses, association mapping for crop improvement, morpho-biochemical and molecular characterization of economically important crop species and other medicinal plants, genome editing via CRISPR/Cas9, DNA barcoding, microbiology and genetics. Sohail has four years teaching experience and six years research experience in the field of Biosciences.

PhD Biotechnology Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan 2017
M.Phil Biotechnology Agricultural University Peshawar 2012
BS (Hons) Biotechnology University Of Malakand 2009
Assistant Professor Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST), Islamabad Since – 2021
Assistant Professor Abasyn University, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan 2020 – 2021
Assistant Professor (Visiting) Hazara University, Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan 2019 – 2020
Assistant Professor Hazara University, Mansehra 2018 – 2019
Lecturer(Visiting) Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan 2017 – 2018
Lecturer Govt Higher Secondary School Sadoo 2010 – 2011
Researcher National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad 2014 – 2017
  1. Morho-physiological, biochemical and molecular evaluation of crop Species;
  2. Transgenic crop production against drought, salt and frost,;
  3. DNA barcoding of medicinally important Pakistani plant species;
  4. Plant Biotechnology (tissue culture, molecular biology;
  5. Genomic and Proteomic study;
  6. Computational Biology;
  7. CRISPR-Cas9 based plant genome editing;
  8. Microbiology and Genetics.
1. Javed, A., A.H. Shah, A. Hussain, Z.K. Shinwari, S.A. Khan, W. Khan and S.A. Jan. 2020. Potential of endophytic fungus Aspergillus terreus as potent plant growth promoter. Pak. J. Bot., 52 (3):1083-1086. DOI:
2. Khan, T., M. Ali, A. Khan, P. Nisar, S.A. Jan, S. Afridi and Z. K. Shinwari. 2020. Anticancer plants: A review of the active phytochemicals, applications in animal models, and regulatory aspects. Biomolecules.,10: 47. doi:10.3390/biom10010047
3. A.T. Khalil., M. Ovais, I. Ullah, M. Ali, S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari and M. Maaza. 2020. Bioinspired synthesis of pure massicot phase lead oxide nanoparticles and assessment of their biocompatibility, cytotoxicity and in-vitro biological properties. Arab. J. Chem., 13; 916-931.
4. Malook ,A., A. H. Shah, M. I. Khan, I. U. Khan, and S. A. Jan. 2020. Biochemical and molecular evaluation of mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) genotypes under different gamma rays treatments. Genetika., 52 (2,): 527-536.
5. Shinwari, Z.K., S.A. Jan, K. Nakashima and K. Yamaguchi Shinozaki. 2020. Genetic engineering approaches to understanding drought tolerance in plants. Plant Biotechnol. Rep., 1-12.
6. Bano, A., A.H. Shah, S.H. Shah, I. Khan, S.A. Jan. 2020. An efficient cost effective protocol for micropropagation of potato using natural Mentha extract. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 29 (6): 4253-4261.
7. Qamar, H., M. Ilyas, S.A. Jan, H.S.B. Mustafa, A. Arshad, Z.K. Shinwari.. and T. Mehmood. 2020. Recent Trends in Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology for the Genetic Improvement of Brassica species against Drought Stress. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 29 (1): 19-25.
8. Irum, S., A.H. Shah,, S. Erum, F. A. Khan, N. Asim. and S.A. Jan. 2021. Optimization studies for in-vitro culture establishment of selected peach (Prunus persica l.) germplasm. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 29 (12A): 11573-11580.
9. Shah, S.S., D. Shah, I. Khan, M. Ilyas, S.A. Jan and I. Khan. 2020. Bergenia ciliata as antibacterial agent. GSC Biol. Pharm. Sci., 12(2): 37-45.
10. Bibi, A., A.H. Shah, I.A. Khan, S.A. Jan, M. Islam, U. Khan and N. Ali. 2020. Molecular marker based genetic variability among elite hexaploid wheat germplasm of Gilgit Baltistan. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 30 (4): 2055-2061.
11. Jan, S.A., Z.K. Shinwari, M.A. Rabbani, A.T. Khalil and A.H. Shah. 2019. Genetic variability study of elite guar (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba L.) germplasm as revealed by SDS-page method. Pak. J. Bot., 51(2): 487-491. (27).
12. 12) Majid, A., H. Ahmad, Z. Saqib, I.U. Rahman, U. Khan, J.Alam, A.H. Shah, S.A. Jan and N. Ali. 2019. Exploring threatened traditional knowledge; ethnomedicinal studies of rare endemic flora from Lesser Himalayan region of Pakistan. Revista Brasileirade Farmacognosia.,
13. Anjum, S., R. Khadim, S. Z. A. Shah, A. Hamid, S. A. Jan, Z. K. Shinwari, N. Ahmad and A. Ghafoor. 2019. Biochemical characterization of geographically diverse Mentha species from Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 28(2A):1336-1344.
14. B. Sener, M. Kilic, Z.K. Shinwari, S.A. Jan.. and W.C. Cho. 2019. Berberis plants- drifting from farm to food applications, phytotherapy, and phytopharmacology. Foods.,8: 522. Doi:10.3390/foods8100522
15. Malook, A., A.H. Shah, M.I. Khan, Riffat, S.A. Jan, I. Hassan, Zulqarnain, U. Khan and N. Ali. 2019. Morphological studies of Mungbean (Vigna radiate L.) seeds irradiated with gamma rays. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 28 (11): 7871-7879.
16. Bibi, S., A.H. Shah, I.A. Khan, S.A. Jan, M. Zubair, N. Ali and U. Khan. 2019. Assessment of genetic diversity in hexaploid wheat of northern areas of Pakistan (Gilgit Baltistan) using morphological marker. Intl. J. Agric. Biol., DOI: 10.17957/IJAB/15.1061
17. Ali, N., S. Ali, N.U. Khan, S.A. Jan, M.A. Rabbani and I. Hussain. 2019. Genetic diversity of Brassica rapa germplasm of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan revealed by molecular markers. Acta Sci. Pol. Hortorum Cultus., 18(6), 57–65. DOI: 10.24326/asphc.2019.6.6
18. Khan, I., Z.K. Shinwari, N.B. Zahra, S.A. Jan, S. Shinwari and S. Najeebullah. 2019. DNA barcoding and molecular systematics of selected species of family Acanthaceae. Pak. J. Bot., 52(1): 205-212.
19. Wakeel, A., S.A. Jan, I. Ullah, Z.K. Shinwari and M. Xu. 2019. Solvent polarity mediates phytochemical yield and antioxidant capacity of Isatis tinctoria. Peer J., 7:e7857 “W Category”
20. Ovais, M., A.T. Khalil, S.A. Jan, M. Ayaz, I. Ullah, W. Shinwari and Z. K. Shinwari. 2019. Traditional Chinese medicine going global: opportunities for belt and road countries. Proc. Pak. Acad. Sci., 56(3 SI): 17-26
21. Jahanzaib, M., N. Nawaz, H. Khurshid, S.A. Jan, M. Arshad and I. Hassan. 2019. Estimating genotype x environment interaction for groundnut seed yield across different ecological zones. Intl. J. Agric. Biol. 22: 139-145. DOI: 10.17957/IJAB/15.1043. Jan, S.A., M.I. Ibrahim, A.H. Shah, F.M. Abbasi, and M.A. Rabbani. 2019. Estimating quantitative trait based phenotypic diversity in diverse rice germplasm. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 28 (3): 2074-2084.
22. 22) Zainy, A.H. Shah, S. Irum, Z.K. Shinwari, J. Alam, U. Khan and S.A. Jan. 2019. Ex-situ conservation and morpho-biochemical analysis of exotic cultivars of banana. Pak. J. Bot., 51(5):
23. 23) Rabbani, M.A., S.A. Jan, S.U. Siddiqui, A. Ghafoor and Z. Ahmad. 2019. Morpho-biochemical chracterization of amla (Phyllanthus emblica L.) and tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.) germplasm from Pakistan. Genetika., 51(2): 539-549.
24. Javed, A., A.H. Shah, A. Hussain, S.A. Khan, S.A. Khan, M. Hamayun, I. Hassan and S.A. Jan. 2019. Endophytic fungi promote growth of Tritium aestivum l. under salinity induced stress. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 28 (6): 4916-4922.
25. Khan, S.A., A.H. Shah, A. Hussain, S.A. Khan, A. Javed, U. Khan, M. Zubair and S.A. Jan. 2019. Identification and characterization of Penicillium chrysogenum T8 as potent plant growth promoting endophytic fungi. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 28 (6): 4896-4902.
26. Qayyum, A., S.A. Jan, A. H. Shah, and M.A. Rabbani. 2019. Assessing genetic divergence among rice germplasm based on qualitative traits. Pure Appl. Biol., 8(2): 1150-1156.
27. Khan, M., R. Khan, S. Khan, S.A. Jan, A.H. Shah and T. Ahmad. 2019. An update on zika virus: history, emergence and future aspects. MOJ Biol Med., 4(3):56‒64. “corresponding author” “W Category”
28. H. Khurshid, S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, M. Jamal and S.H. Shah. 2018. An era of CRISPR/ Cas9 mediated plant genome editing. Curr. Issue. Mol. Biol., 26: 47-55. DOI:
29. S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, N. Ali and M.A. Rabbani. 2018. Morphometric analysis of Brassica Carinata elite lines reveals variation for yield related traits. Pak. J. Bot., 50(4): 1521-1524.
30. Ilyas, M., G. Shabbir, S. A. Jan, M.A. Rabbani, S. I. Malik, M. Ansar, M.I. Ibrahim, H. Khurshid. 2018. Estimation of linkage disequilibrium and population structure among Brassica napus genotypes for association mapping. Fresen. Environ. Bull., 27(9): 5980-5986.
31. Shinwari Z.K., S.A. Jan, A.T. Khalil, A. Khan, M. Ali, M. Qaiser and N.B. Zahra. 2018. Identification and phylogenetic analysis of selected medicinal plant species from Pakistan: DNA barcoding approach. Pak. J. Bot., 50(2): 553-560.
32. S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, M. Malik and M. Ilyas. 2018. Antioxidant and anticancer activities of Brassica rapa: a review. MOJ Biol Med., 3(5): 175‒178.
33. Ibrar, D., M.A. Khan, T. Mahmood, M. Ahmad, I.A. Hafiz, S.A. Jan and R. Ahmad. 2018. Determination of heterotic groups among sunflower accessions through morphological traits and total seed storage proteins. Int. J. Agric. Biol., 20(9): 2025-2031.
34. Ali, B., J. H. Khan, A. A. Khan, A. Hussain, M. Naveed, S.A. Jan, M. Jahanzaib and H. Khurshid. 2018. Comparative effect of Acacia modesta and Olea ferruginea trees on soil characteristics of Dharabi watershed, Chakwal, Pakistan. Range Mgmt. Agroforestry., 39 (1): 87-92.
35. Baig D., H. Khurshid, M. Arshad, S. A. Jan, M. A. Khan and N. Nawaz. 2018. Evaluation of Soybean genotypes for yield and other economically important traits under rainfed condition. Pure and Appl. Biol., 7(1): 1-7.
36. Shah, J.A., M. Mujtaba, S. A. Jan, S. A. Jadoon, M. A. Rabbani, A.Ghafoor, M. Jahanzaib and H. Khurshid. 2018. Estimation of spatial genetic structure in inter-regional populations of Trigonella foenum-graceum L. species through phenotypic variation and seed protein profiling. Genetika., 50(1): 171-185.
37. Ilyas, M., G. Shabbir, M.A. Rabbani, S.I. Malik, N.M. Cheema, M. Ansar and S.A. Jan. 2018. Genetic divergence in Brassica napus L.germplasm as determined by quantitative attributes. Pak. J. Bot., 50(3): 1039-1045
38. Afzal, M., G. Shabbir, M. Ilyas, S. S. A. Jan and S. A. Jan. 2018. Impact of climate change on crop adaptation: current challenges and future perspectives. Pure Appl. Biol., 7 (3): 965-972
39. Khan, A., G. M. Ali, S. Ali, M.A. Zia, S. A. Jan and Um-E-Robab. 2018. Biosafety assessment of genetically engineered wheat (Triticum aestivum l.) under greenhouse conditions. Pak. J. Agri. Sci., 55(2: 263-270.
40. S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, M. A. Rabbani, H. Khurshid and N. Ahmad. 2017. Agro-morphological studies revealed broad genetic structure of spatially distributed Brassica rapa populations. Pak. J. Bot., 49(6): 2309-2312.
41. I. Khan, S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, M. Ali, Y. Khan and T. Kumar. 2017. Ethnobotany and medicinal Uuses of folklore medicinal plants belonging to family Acanthaceae: An updated review. MOJ Biol. Med., 1(2): 00009
42. S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, M. A. Rabbani, I.A. Niaz and S.H. Shah. 2017. Assessment of quantitative agro-morphological variations among Brassica rapa diverse populations. Pak. J. Bot., 49(2): 561-567.
43. S.A. Jan, N. Bibi, Z.K. Shinwari, M.A. Rabbani, S. Ullah, A. Qadir and N. Khan. 2017. Impact of salt, drought, heat and frost stresses on morpho-biochemical and physiological properties of Brassica species: An updated review. J. Pure. Appl. Agri., 2(1): 1-10
44. Ullah, I., A. Wakeel, Z.K. Shinwari, S.A. Jan, A.T. Khalil and M. Ali. 2017. Antibacterial and antifungal activity of Isatis tinctoria l. using micro-plate method. Pak. J. Bot., 49(5): 1949-1957.
45. Baig, D., F.M. Abbasi, M. Qamar, S. Abid, M. Arshad, S.S. Shah and S.A. Jan. 2017. Morpho-physiological responses of Sunflower (Helianthus anuus L.) hybrid to different irrigation and planting regimes. Int. J. Biosci., 11(4): 132-143.
46. Qadir, A., S.A. Jan, N. Ali, M.A. Rabbani, M.I. Ibrahim, A. khan and H. Khurshid. 2017. Assessment of genetic variability in Trigonella foenum-graecum L. germplasm by SDS-PAGE analysis. Genetika., 49(3): 1071-1080.
47. H. Khurshid, D. Baig, S.A. Jan, M. Arshad and M. Ayub. 2017. Miracle Crop: The Present and Future of Soybean Production in Pakistan. MOJ Biol. Med., 2(1): 00042.
48. S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, M. A. Rabbani, H. Khurshid, M.I. Ibrahim, M. Adil and M. Ilyas. 2017. Comparison of electrophoretic protein profiles of Brassica rapa sub-species brown sarson through SDS-PAGE method. Genetika., 49 (1): 95- 104.
49. 49) M. I. Ibrahim, F.M. Abbasi, M.A. Rabbani, Inamullah, S.A. Jan, M. Ilyas and H. Khurshid. 2017. Evaluation of genetic variation among Indian mustard (Brassica juncea L.) genotypes by SDS-PAGE method. Proc. Pak. Acad. Sci., 54(4): 333-339.
50. 50) A.Qadir, N. Ali, S.A. Jan, M.A. Rabbani, A. Shaheen..H. Khurshid. 2017. Estimating phenotypic diversity in diverse Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graceum L.) population through morphometric analysis. Int. J. Biosci., 11(1):274-283.
51. 51) A. Khan, M. Ali, S.A. Jatoi, S.U. Siddique, S.A. Jan, N. Khan and A. Ghafoor. 2017. Effect of various temperatures and duration on deterioration of rice seeds. Sci. Technol. Dev., 36(2): 79-83.
52. A. Riaz, A. Tahir, S.A. Jan, N. Ahmad, F. Kanwal, S. H. Shah, and H. Khurshid. 2017. Nanotechnology: Next generation war against cancer. Pure and Appl Biol., 6(1): 352-362.
53. N. Saleem, S.A. Jan, M.J. Atif, H. Khurshid, S.A. Khan and M.A. Rabbani. 2017. Multivariate Based Variability within Diverse Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea L.) Genotypes. Open J Gen., 7: 69-83.
54. 54) S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, M. A. Rabbani. 2016. Morpho- biochemical evaluation of Brassica rapa sub-species for salt tolerance. Genetika., 48(1), 323 -338.
55. 55) S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, M. A. Rabbani. 2016. Determining genetic divergence among Brassica rapa ecotypes through electrophoretic mobility of total seed proteins. J. Animal. Plant Sci., 26 (6):1758-1764.
56. 56) S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, S.H. Shah, A. Shahzad, M.A. Zia and N. Ahmad. 2016. In-planta transformation recent advances. Rom. Biotech. Lett., 21(1):11085-11091.
57. Q. Khan. A. S. Khan, H. Khurshid, S.A. Jan, N. Ahmad, S.A. Khan, S.H. Shah, N. Saleem, M.I. Ibrahim, M. Ilyas and M. Arif. 2016. Exploring durable genetic resistance against leaf rust through phenotypic characterization and LR34 linked STS marker in wheat germplasm. Biosci. J. 32 (4), 986-998
58. S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, M.A. Rabbani. S.H. Shah, M.I. Ibrahim and M. Ilyas. 2016. Optimization of an efficient SDS-PAGE protocol for rapid protein analysis of Brassica rapa. J. Bio. Env. Sci., 9(2): 17-24
59. Qasim, M., Khalid, M., Sayyed, A., Din, I., Hayat, K., Rozina and S. A. Jan (2016). Phytochemical potentials and medicinal uses of twenty-four selected medicinal plants from Swabi, Pakistan. J. Rural Develop. Agri., 1(1), 49-58.
60. M. K. Hayat, T. Kumar, N. Ahmad, S.A. Jan, W. Sajjad,.. Z. Rahman. 2016. In vitro antimicrobial activity of Aloe vera L. extracts against pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Mycopath., 14(1): 21-27.
61. Shah, S.H., S. Ali, Z. Hussain, S.A. Jan, J.U. Din and G.M. Ali, 2016. Genetic improvement of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) with AtDREB1A gene for cold stress tolerance using optimized Agrobacterium-mediated transformation system. Int. J. Agric. Biol., 18: 471‒482
62. S.A. Jan, S.H. Shah, S. Ali and G.M. Ali. 2015. The effect of plant growth regulators on callus induction and somatic embryogenesis of hybrid tomato. Pak. J. Bot., 47(5): 1671-1677.
63. S.H. Shah, S. A. Jan, S. Ali and G.M. Ali. 2015. Piercing and incubation method of in planta transformation producing stable transgenic plants by overexpressing DREB1A gene in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum Mill.). Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult., 120: 1139-1157.
64. S. H. Shah, S. Ali, S. A. Jan, J. Din and G. M. Ali. 2015. Callus induction, in vitro shoot regeneration and hairy root formation by the assessment of various plant growth regulators in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum Mill.). J. Animal Plant Sci., 25(2): 528-538
65. S.A. Jan, Z.K. Shinwari, A. Zeb, A.T. Khalil and S. H. Shah. 2015. Ethnobotany and Research Trends in Trachyspermum ammi L. (Ajowan); A Popular Folklore Remedy. American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 15 (1): 68-73
66. M. Arif, H. Khurshid, S. Uddin Siddiqui, S. A. Jatoi, S.A. Jan, M. Ilyas, S.A. Khan, A. Khan,M.I. Ibrahim, N. Saleem and A. Ghafoor.2015. Estimating Spatial Population Structure through Quantification of Oil Content and Phenotypic Diversity in Pakistani Castor Bean (Ricinus communis L.) Germplasm. Sci. Technol. Develop., 34 (3): 147-154.
67. S. Nawaz, Z. Chaudhry, A. Bibi, S.A. Jan, K. Bibi and Asma. 2015. Agro-Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Local Tomato Cultivars Grown in Pakhal Region of Pakistan Using RAPD Markers. Middle-East J. Sci Res 23 (5): 856-860.
68. S.H. Shah, S.A. Jan, S. Ali and G.M. Ali. 2014. Assessment of carbon sources on in vitro shoot regeneration in tomato. Pak J. Agri. Sci. 5 (1): 197-207. “W Category”
69. S.A. Jan and Z.K. Shinwari. 2014. Review Advances in Production of Marker Free Transgenic Plants: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives. 2014. Euro. Acad, Res 2(3): 3712-3722.
70. S.H. Shah, S. A. Jan, S. Ali and G.M. Ali. 2014. Assessment of silver nitrate on callus induction and in vitro shoot regeneration in tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum Mill.). Pak. J. Bot. 46(6): 2163-2172. “W Category”
71. Tanweer Kumar, M.R. Khan, S.A. Jan, N. Ahmad, N. Ali, M.A. Zia, A. iqbal, S. Romi and G.M. Ali. 2014. Optimization of factors affecting Agrobacterium mediated transformation in sugarcane through axillary buds with AVP1 gene against drought and salinity. Eur. Acad. Res. 2(2): 2308-2327
72. Hazrat Ali, S.A. Jan, M. Khan, and M. Idrees. 2013. Biological decolorization of crystal violet dye by Alternaria solani. Int. J. Green and Herbal Chem., 2(1), 31-38.

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