Dr. Erum Dilshad

Dr. Erum Dilshad (PhD QAU, Islamabad)


My research is focused on production of transgenics of both medicinal and edible crops for enhancement of secondary metabolites, tolerance against biotic and abiotic stress along with their phytochemical analysis. It also involves establishing plant tissue culture, biological evaluation of synthetic and natural compounds and cancer cell line studies.

Ph.D Biochemistry/Plant Biotechnology Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad 2016
M.phil Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad 2010
M.Sc Biochemistry Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad 2008
Assistant Professor Biosciences Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST), Islamabad Since 2016
Visiting Faculty (Biotechnology) 2016 – 2017 Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad 2016 – 2017
Visiting faculty (Biochemistry) CMT, PIMS, Islamabad 2009 – 2010
Research Associate Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad 2015 – 2016
Visiting Researcher University of Barcelona, Spain 2015 – 2015
Laboratory Scientist Shifa International Hospital Islamabad 2010 – 2014
Patron GENIX Since – 2018
Member Discipline Committee Since – 2018
Coordinator FYP 2017 – 2018
Coordinator MS Thesis Since – 2017
Coordinator Girls’ Sports activities Since – 2018
Member Departmental Program Team for BS Biosciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Bioinformatics Since – 2017
1. Productive Scientist of Pakistan (2017) by PCST
2. Productive Scientist of Pakistan (2016) by PCST
3. HEC Interim placement of fresh PhDs (2016-2017)
4. HEC Talent Farming Scholarship during B.Sc
5. HEC Talent Farming Scholarship during M.Sc
6. Merit Based Scholarship from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad During M.Phil
7. HEC Indigenous Fellowship during Ph.D
8. HEC International Research Support Initiative Programe Fellowship during Ph.D

1. Cloning;
2. Plant Biotechnology;
3. Phytochemistry;
4. DNA Barcoding;
5. Drug Discovery;
6. Bioassays;
7. Cancer cell line studies;
8. Nanobiotechnology;

1. MS Greensynthesis,Characterizationand Therapeuticevaluation of zincoxide Nanoparticles using extractof Nigellasativa
2. MS Therapeutic evaluation of silver nanoparticles synthesized using Bryophyllum pinnatum plant extract
3. MS Biological Evaluation of Seeds of Trigonella Foenum (Methi) Plant and their Siver Nanoparticles
4. MS Biological evaluation of Silver Nanoparticles of Mentha Asiatica
5. MS Chemical Synthesis of Diversified Silver Nanoparticles along with Characterization and Biological Evaluation
6. MS Risk Factors Associated with Alteration of Hematological and Biochemical Parameters in G6PD Deficiency
7. MS Green Synthesis and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticles Using Leaf Extract of Artemisia Carvifolia and their Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Oxidant, Cytotoxic Activities.
8. MS Optimization of Conditions for Micropropogation of Spinach (Spinacia oleracea).
9. BS Characterization of silver nanoparticles of parsley (petroselinum Crispum)
10. BS Evaluation of silver nanoparticles of parsley (petroselinum Crispum) as antimicrobial agent.
11. BS Antifungal Analysis and Characterization of Green Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles.
12. BS Green Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles as Strong Antibacterial Agents.
13. BS Identification of Novel Inhibitors of Alpha Amylase as Antidiabetic Agents Using Computational Approaches.
14. BS In-silico Identification of stress-Induced miRNA and their targets in Solanum lycopersicum.
15. BS Identification of anti-cancer flavonoids from Artemisia annua using computational approaches.
  1. Erum Dilshad, Hammad ismail, Hussnain Waheed, Muhammad Maaz (2020). Strategies for genetic transformation of Lactusa sativa In Book Lactusa cultivation and uses. Nova Pblishers.
  2. Hammad Ismail, Sara Latif, Fatima Ijaz, Erum Dilshad (2020). Lactusa sativa: An edible source of Medicinal plants In Book Lactusa cultivation and uses. Nova Publishers
  3. Amin, Arshia, Tehseen Zahra, Hafsa Raja, Mehroze Amin, Erum Dilshad, Muhammad Naveed, and Iftikhar Ahmed. “Major natural sinks for harboring microorganisms with altered antibiotic resistance versus major human contributing sources of antibiotic resistance: a detailed insight.” In Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in the Environment, pp. 70-98. Elsevier, 2020.
  4. Erum Dilshad, Naqoosh Zahra, Zainab Nooruddin, Arshia Amin Butt, and Syeda Marriam Bakhtiar. (2019) “Single-Cell Editing: The CRISPR/Cas9 and Applications.” In Single-Cell Omics, pp. 397-415. Academic Press
  5. S M Bakhtiar, Butt HA, Zeb S, Quddusi DM, Gul S, Dilshad E ( 2017). 3D Printing Technologies and Their Applications in Biomedical Sciences. Book Omics Technologies and Bioengineering. ISBN 978-0-1280-4659-3.
1. Khayam, Asma Umer, Harsh Patel, Nicholas A. Faiola, Andre E. Figueroa Milla, Erum Dilshad, Bushra Mirza, Ying Huang, and M. Saeed Sheikh. “Quinovic acid purified from medicinal plant Fagonia indica mediates anticancer effects via death receptor 5.” Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (2020): 1-11.
2. Kiani, Bushra Hafeez, Waqas Khan Kayani, Asma Umer Khayam, Erum Dilshad, Hammad Ismail, and Bushra Mirza. “Artemisinin and its derivatives: a promising cancer therapy.” Molecular Biology Reports (2020): 1-16.
3. Latif, Sara, Hammad Ismail, Muhammad Rashid Khan, Amna Abdul Rahim, Ramsha Mehboob, Erum Dilshad, Moniba Sajid, Syed Ihtisham Haider, Sadaf Anwaar, and Muhammad Naveed Majeed. “Pharmacological evaluation of Acacia modesta bark for antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antidepressant and anticoagulant activities in Sprague Dawley rats.” Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 33, no. 3 (2020).
4. Erum Dilshad, Hammad Ismail, Mubarak Ali Khan, Rosa Maria Cusido, and Bushra Mirza. “Metabolite profiling of Artemisia carvifolia Buch transgenic plants and estimation of their anticancer and antidiabetic potential.” Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology 24 (2020): 101539.
5. Mehfooz, Haroon, Aamer Saeed, Muhammad Faisal, Fayaz Ali Larik, Urooj Muqadar, Saira Khatoon, Pervaiz Ali Channar et al. “Facile one-pot synthesis, butyrylcholinesterase and α-glucosidase inhibitory activities, structure–activity relationship, molecular docking and DNA–drug binding analysis of Meldrum’s acid derivatives.” Research on Chemical Intermediates (2020): 1-20.
6. Iqra Younus, Hammad Ismail, Chahat Batool Rizvi, Erum Dilshad, Kiran Saba, Bushra Mirza, Mohammad Tahir Waheed. J Pharm Pharmacogn 7 (5) (2019): 343-355.
7. Erum Dilshad, Syeda Sojla Tazeem, Zainab Bashir, Ammar Hamza Iqbal, Adeel Saddique Khokhar, Naqoosh Zahra, Mubarak Ali Khan, Hammad Ismail, Maria Shabbir. “Silver nanoparticles of Aloe vera gel as strong therapeutic candidates.” Int. J. Biosci (2019). 15(1), 360-373.
8. Kazmi, Abeer, Mubarak Ali Khan, Huma Ali, Erum Dilshad. “Biotechnological approaches for production of bioactive secondary metabolites in Nigella sativa: an up-to-date review.” International Journal of Secondary Metabolite 6, no. 2 (2019): 172-195.
9. Ali, Huma, Mubarak Ali Khan, Waqas Khan Kayani, Erum Dilshad, Rehana Rani, and Raham Sher Khan. “Production of biomass and medicinal metabolites through adventitious roots in Ajuga bracteosa under different spectral lights.” Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 193 (2019): 109-117.
10. Zafar, Sara, Erum Dilshad, Hammad Ismail, Chahat Batool Rizvi, and Bushra Mirza. “Rol genes enhance content of artemisinin and other secondary metabolites in Shennong hybrid of Artemisia annua.” Chinese Herbal Medicines (2019).
11. Rehman, Samiya, Ken Keefover-Ring, Ihsan ul Haq, Erum Dilshad, Mohammad Imran Khan, Nosheen Akhtar, and Bushra Mirza. “Drier Climatic Conditions Increase Withanolide Content of Withania coagulans Enhancing Its Inhibitory Potential Against Human Prostate Cancer Cells.” Applied biochemistry and biotechnology (2018): 1-21.
12. Munir, Anum, Shahid Hussain, and Erum Dilshad. “Silver nanoparticles conjugated with Neurotrophin 3 upregulate myelin gene transcription pathway.” Journal of theoretical biology 459 (2018): 111-118.
13. Larik, Fayaz Ali, Aamer Saeed, Muahmmad Faisal, Pervaiz Ali Channar, Syed Sikandar Azam, Hammad Ismail, Erum Dilshad, and Bushra Mirza. “Synthesis, molecular docking and comparative efficacy of various alkyl/aryl thioureas as antibacterial, antifungal and α-amylase inhibitors.” Computational biology and chemistry 77 (2018): 193-198.
14. Waqas khan kiani, Bushra Hafeez Kiani, Erum Dilshad, Bushra Mirza, “Biotechnological approaches for artemisinin production in Artemisia”, World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, No: 4, 2018
15. Hammad Ismail, Ammara Rasheed, Ihsan ul Haq, Laila Jafri, Nazif Ullah, Erum Dilshad, Moniba Sajid, Bushra Mirza, “Five indigenous plants of Pakistan with anti-nociceptive, antiinflammatory, anti-depressant and anti-coagulant properties in Sprague Dawley rats”, Evidence based complementary and alternative medicine, 2017
16. Aamer Saeed, Pervaiz Ali Channar, Fayaz Ali Larik, Farukh Jabeen, Urooj Muqadar, Shomaila Saeed, Ulrich Flörke, Hammad Ismail, Erum Dilshad, Bushra Mirza , “Design, Synthesis, Molecular docking studies of organotin-drug derivatives as multi-target agents against antibacterial, antifungal, a-amylase, a-glucosidase and buytyrlcholinesterase”, Inorganica Chimica Acta, Pages: 204-213, 2017
17. Ismail, Hammad, Erum Dilshad, Mohammad Tahir Waheed, and Bushra Mirza, “Transformation of Lettuce with rol ABC Genes: Extracts Show Enhanced Antioxidant, Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antidepressant, and Anticoagulant Activities in Rats”, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Springer), Pages: 1-20, 2017
18. Fayaz Ali Larik, Aamer Saeed, Pervaiz Ali Channar, Hammad Ismail, Erum Dilshad, Bushra Mirza, “New 1-octanoyl-3-aryl thiourea derivatives: Solvent-free synthesis, characterization and multi-target biological activities”, Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology, Pages: 894-902, 2016
19. Kayani, Waqas Khan, Erum Dilshad, Tanveer Ahmed, Hammad Ismail, and Bushra Mirza, “Evaluation of Ajuga bracteosa for antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antidepressant and anticoagulant activities”, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Springer), No: 1, Pages: 375, 2016
20. Ismail, Hammad, Erum Dilshad, Mohammad Tahir Waheed, Moniba Sajid, Waqas Khan Kayani, and Bushra Mirza, “Transformation of Lactuca sativa L. with rol C gene results in increased antioxidant potential and enhanced analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant activities in vivo”, 3 Biotech (Springer), No: 2, Pages: 215, 2016
21. Erum Dilshad, Sara zafar, Hammad Ismail, Mohammad Tahir Waheed, Rosa Maria Cusido, Javier Palazon, Bushra Mirza, “Effect of Rol Genes on Polyphenols Biosynthesis in Artemisia annua and Their Effect on Antioxidant and Cytotoxic Potential of the Plant”, Appl Biochem Biotechnol, No: 8, Pages: 1456-1458, 2016
22. Erum Dilshad, Hammad Ismail, Ihsan-ul-Haq, Rosa Maria Cusido, Javier Palazon, Karla Ramirez Estrada, Bushra Mirza, “Rol genes enhance the biosynthesis of antioxidants in A. carvifolia Buch”, BMC Plant Biology, 2016
23. Erum Dilshad, Rosa Maria Cusido, Javier Palazon, Karla Ramirez Estrada, Mercedes Bonfill, Bushra Mirza, “Enhanced artemisinin yield by expression of rol genes in Artemisia annua”, Malaria Journal, Pages: 424, 2015
24. Erum Dilshad, Rosa Maria Cusido, Karla Ramirez Estrada, Mercedes Bonfill, Bushra Mirza , “Genetic Transformation of Artemisia carvifolia Buch with rol Genes Enhances Artemisinin Accumulation”, Plos One, No: 10, Pages: e0140266., 2015
25. Erum Dilshad, Bushra Mirza1, Muhammad Shabbir, Zia-ul- Haq, Zareen Akhter, “Biological Evaluation of Aza-Heterocyclic Derivatives and their Intermediates”, World J Pharmaceutical Sciences, No: 6, Pages: 2111-2126, 2014
26. Ghulam Murtaza, Muhammad Khawar Rauf, Amin Badshah, Masahiro Ebihara, Muhammad Said, Marcel Gielen, Dick de Vos, Erum Dilshad, Bushra Mirza , “Synthesis, structural characterization and in vitro biological screening of some homoleptic copper(II) complexes with substituted guanidines”, European J Chemistry, Pages: 26-35, 2012
1. Syeda Sojla, Zainab Bashir, Erum Dilshad. “Green Synthesis and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticles Using Alo vera Plant Gel and Their Biological Evaluation”.1st National Conference on Medicinal Plant Research. Karakoram International University Gilgit Baltistan. 29-31 Aug 2018.
2. ISESCO WINS 2016 conference Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad March 2016. Genetic transformation of Artemisia carvifolia Buch with rol genes for enhancement of secondary metabolites. Poster Presentation.
3. 4th International Conference on Biological and Computer Science. December 14, 2016. Genetic transformation of Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. using an abiotic stress tolerance gene. Poster presentation

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