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Dr. Saadia Andleeb
Associate Professor
Industrial Biotechnology

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12 Sector, Islamabad, Pakistan 44000
Tel : +92-051-9085-6133


PhD (Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan)

Dr Andleeb joined ASAB, NUST in September 2010 as Assistant Professor. Dr. Andleeb's group is working mainly on bacteriophages and antibiotic resistance, thus far, she has published more than 50 research articles in prestigious International Journals. These International journals include Emerging infectious disease, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Frontiers in Microbiology, Plos One, Genomics, and Life Sciences. Dr. Andleeb has secured 6 research grants (3 as PI and 3 as Co-PI), on a highly competitive ground from National and international funding agencies (NRPU-HEC, Pak US S & T, TWAS-COMSTECH). During the past years, Dr. Andleeb has been awarded the “Best Researcher Award” for the year 2014/15 by ASAB, NUST. Also, awarded with “Research Productivity Award (RPA)” in Biological Sciences (2016) by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST). Dr. Andleeb is running collaborative projects with eminent professors in renowned universities like Florida University, USA; Emory University, USA and Washington University in St. Louis, USA.
Dr. Andleeb's research is focused around antibiotic resistance, phage therapy and genomics perspective to understand the host-microbe/pathogen-interactions, mechanism of virulence. They are interested in analyzing genome sequences dataof MDR/XDR/PDR microorganisms to understand the physiology, behavior, disease, and variation between species and individuals. They are engaged in projects of microbial genome sequencing, assembly, and annotation, followed by comparative microbial genomic analyses of these resistant isolates. 

Research Grants: (PI & Co-PI):

1- Antibiotic resistance profiling of hospital and water isolates to trace the source of multidrug resistant nosocomial infections (TWAS-COMSTECH)
2- Development of vibriophage cocktail and its testing in animal model (NRPU-HEC) 
3- Multidrug-resistant pathogen surveillance in Pakistani and U.S. hospitals (Pak-US, HEC-US National Academy of Sciences) 
4- Bacteriophage therapy against biofilm forming bacteria (HEC-IPFP) 
5- Silencing of the antibiotic resistant gene mecA in S. aureus by a synthetic non coding sRNA (Co-PI HEC-IPFP) 

Honours and Awards:

1- Research Productivity Award (2016) by PCST-Government of Pakistan
2- Best Researcher Award (2016/17) Awarded by Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences, NUST, 2017
3- Productive Scientist of Pakistan (Overall) in Biological Sciences (2017). Awarded by Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST), 2018
4- Young Productive Scientist of Pakistan (under 40), in Biological Sciences (2016). Awarded by Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST)
5- Secured first Position in International Conference on Advances in Waste Water Treatment and Reuse, 11th -13thNovember, 2009, University of Tehran, College of Engineering, Tehran, IRAN. 

Research Supervision of Student Projects:

PhD Completed
1. Muhsin Jamal: Bacteiophage therapy against biofilm forming bacteria (2015)
2. Tahir Hussain: Beta-lactamases Dissemination amongst Multidrug-resistant Pathogenic Enterobacteriaceae Isolates from Pakistan and USA (2016)
3. Waqas Nasir: Microbiology and Phage therapy of Diabetic foot ulcer. (2017)


1-      D'Souza, Alaric W, Potter, RF, Wallace, M, Shupe, A, Patel, S , Sun, XQ,  Gul, D, Kwon, JH, Andleeb, S, Burnham, CAD, Dantas, G. Spatiotemporal dynamics of multidrug resistant bacteria on intensive care unit surfaces. Nature Communications.

2-      Kate E. Wardenburg, Robert F. Potter, Alaric W. D’Souza, Tahir Hussain, Meghan A. Wallace, Saadia Andleeb, Carey-Ann D. Burnham and Gautam Dantas. Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of linezolid-resistant Enterococcus faecium from the USA and Pakistan. J Antimicrob Chemother. doi:10.1093/jac/dkz367

3-      Muhammad I. Rashid, Sammia Rehman, Amjad Ali and Saadia Andleeb. Fishing for vaccines against Vibrio cholerae using in silico pan-proteomic reverse vaccinology approach. Peer J. DOI 10.7717/peerj.6223​

4- Rashid MI and Andleeb S. Pyocyanin yield improvement for enhancement of Pseudomonas aeruginosa inoculated Microbial Fuel Cell efficiency. Proc. of the 4rth International Conference on Power Generation Systems and Renewable Energy Technologies (PGSRET).

5- Javaria Hanif, Nauman Khalid, Rao Sanaullah Khan, Muhammad Faraz Bhatti, Mohammad Qasim Hayat, Muhammad Ismail, Saadia Andleeb, Qaisar Mansoor, Faria Khan, Faheem Amin, Rumeza Hanif, Muhammad Uzair Hashmi, Hussnain Ahmed Janjua .Formulation of active packaging system using Artemisia scoparia for enhancing shelf life of fresh fruits.  Materials Science and Engineering.

6- Taskeen Raza, Saadia Andleeb, Sidra Rahmat Ullah, Muhsin Jamal, Khalid Mehmood, Muhammad Ali. Isolation and Characterization of a Phage to Control Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus faecium. Open Life Sciences.

7- Jamal, Muhsin; Bukhari, Sayed M. A. U. S.; Andleeb, Saadia; et al. Bacteriophages: an overview of the control strategies against multiple bacterial infections in different fields. Journal of Basic Microbiology  

8- Jamal, Muhsin; Andleeb, Saadia; Jalil, Fazal; et al. Isolation, characterization and efficacy of phage MJ2 against biofilm forming multi-drug resistant Enterobacter cloacae. Folia Microbiologica 


9- Rashid MI, Ali Amjad and Andleeb S. (2018) Functional Annotation and Analysis of Dual Oxidase 1 (DUOX1): A potential Anti-Pyocyanin Immune Component Interdisc. Sci.: Comput.Life Sciences. 

10- Muhsin Jamal, Sayed M A Us Bukhari, Saadia Andleeb…Syed SA Shah. 2018. Bacteriophages: an overview of the control strategies against multiple bacterial infections in different fields. Journal of basic Microbiology 

11- Potter, RF ; D'Souza, AW; Wallace, MA ; Shupe, A; Patel, S ; Gul, D Kwon, JH ; Beatty, W ; Andleeb, S ; Burnham, CAD; Dantas, G, (2018). Superficieibacter electus gen. nov., sp nov., an Extended-Spectrum beta-Lactamase Possessing Member of the Enterobacteriaceae Family, Isolated From Intensive Care Unit Surfaces. Frontiers in Microbiology. 

12- Muhsin Jamal, Saadia Andleeb, Fazal Jalil, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Asif Nawaz, Tahir Hussain, Muhammad Ali, Sadeeq ur Rahman, Chythanya Rajanna Das. Isolation, characterization and efficacy of phage MJ2 against biofilm forming multi-drug resistant Enterobacter cloacae.

13- Taskeen Raza, Sidra Rahmat Ullah, Khalid Mehmood, Saadia Andleeb. 2018. Vancomycin resistant Enterococci: A brief review. Journal of Pakistan Medical association. 

14- Sidra Rahmat Ullah, Saadia Andleeb, Taskeen Raza, Muhsin Jamal, and Khalid Mehmood (2017). Effectiveness of a Lytic Phage SRG1 against Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis in Compost and Soil. BioMed Research International 

15- Muhsin Jamal, Saadia Andleeb, Fazal Jalil, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Asif Nawaz, Tahir Hussain, Muhammad Ali, Chythanya Rajanna Das (2017). Isolation and characterization of a bacteriophage and its utilization against multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa-2995. Life Sciences 

16- Danish Gul, Robert F. Potter, Hurmat Riaz, Shifa Tariq Ashraf, Meghan A. Wallace, Tehmina Munir, Amjad Ali, Carey-Ann Burnham, Gautam Dantas, Saadia Andleeb (2017). Draft Genome Sequence of a Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhi Strain Resistant to Fourth-Generation Cephalosporin and Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics. Genome Announcement 

17- Robert Potter, Alaric D'Souza, Meghan Wallace, Angela Shupe, Sanket Patel, Danish Gul, Jennie Kwon, Saadia Andleeb, Carey-Ann Burnham, and Gautam Dantas (genomeA00644-17). Draft genome of the blaOXA-436 and blaNDM-1 harboring Shewanella putrefaciens SA70 isolate. Genome announcement. 

18- Muhammad Ibrahim Rashid, Anam Naz, Amjad Ali, Saadia Andleeb (2017). Prediction of vaccine candidates against Pseudomonas aeruginosa: An integrated genomics and proteomics approach. Genomics journal. 

19- Waqas Nasir Chaudhry, Jeniffer Concepción-Acevedo, Taehyun Park, Saadia Andleeb, James J. Bull, and Bruce R. Levin (2017). Synergy and order effects of antibiotics and phages in killing Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. PLOS One 12(1): e0168615. 

20- Muhsin Jamal, Wisal Ahmad, Saadia Andleeb, Fazal Jalil, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Asif Nawaz, Tahir Hussain, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Rafiq, Muhammad Atif Kamil (2017). Bacterial biofilm and associated infections. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association. 

21- Mitchell Pesesky, Tahir Hussain, Meghan Wallace, Sanket Patel, Saadia Andleeb, Carey-Ann Burnham, Gautam Dantas (2016). Evaluation of Machine Learning and Rules-Based Approaches for Predicting Antimicrobial Resistance Profiles in Gram-negative Bacilli from Whole Genome Sequence Data. Frontiers in Microbiology. 

22- Syed Aun Muhammad, Amjad Ali, Anam Naz, Afreenish Hassan, Naeem Riaz, Syed Saeed-ul-Hassan, Saadia Andleeb, Debmalya Barh. (2016). A New Broad-Spectrum Peptide Antibiotic Produced by Bacillus brevis Strain MH9 Isolated from Margalla Hills of Islamabad, Pakistan. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics. 

23- Waqas Nasir Chaudhry, Rabia Badar, Muhsin Jamal, Jason Jeong, Jamal Zafar, Saadia Andleeb (2016). Clinico-microbiological study and antibiotic resistance profile with mecA and ESBL gene prevalence in diabetic foot infections. Journal of Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine. 

24- Salma Alvi, Ishtiaq A Qazi, Anwar Baig M3, Saadia Andleeb, Aashifa Yaqoob and Ch. Tahir Mehmood, Survivability of Polyethylene Degrading Microbes in the Presence of Titania Nanoparticles (2016). Journal of Nanomaterials & Molecular Nanotechnology. 

25- Tehmina Munir, Munir Lodhi, Jawad Khaliq Ansari, Saadia Andleeb, Mushtaq Ahmed Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase producing Cephalosporin resistant Salmonella Typhi, reported from Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association 66(8):1035-1036. 

26- Muhsin Jamal, Ufaq Tasneem, Tahir Hussain, Saadia Andleeb Bacterial Biofilm: Its Composition, Formation and Role in Human Infections. Research & Reviews: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 

27- Muhsin Jamal, Tahir Hussain, Chythanya Rajanna Das and Saadia Andleeb (2015). Isolation and Characterization of a Myoviridae MJ1 Bacteriophage against Multi-Drug Resistant Escherichia coli 3. Jundishahpur j microbial. 8 (11) e25917. 

28- Tahir Hussain, Farida Nighat, Muhsin Jamal, SaadiaAndleeb. (2015). An introduction to tetracycline: applications and resistance. International Journal of Microbiology and Allied Sciences. 

29- T. Hussain, M. Jamal, F. Nighat, S. Andleeb. (2015). Increasing prevalence of ctx-m, tem and shv beta-lactamases in clinical pathogenic E. coli causes significant health and economic losses- a perspective from Pakistan. Value in health. 

30- T. Hussain, M. Jamal, F. Nighat, S. Andleeb. (2015).Dissemination of Shv Beta-Lactamase Genes amongst Clinical Acinetobacter Baumannii Isolates. Value in health. Value in Health, ISSN:1098-3015, Volume 18, Issue 3, A213. 

31- Jamal M, Chaudhry WN, Hussain T, Das CR, Andleeb S. (2015). Characterization of New Myoviridae Bacteriophage WZ1 against Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Shigella dysenteriae. Journal of basic microbiology, 55 (4):420-31. 

32- Mitchell W. Pesesky, Tahir Hussain, Meghan Wallace, Bin Wang, Saadia Andleeb, Carey-Ann D. Burnham, Gautam Dantas. (2015) KPC and NDM-1 are harbored by closely related Enterobacteriaceae strains and plasmid backbones from distinct geographies.Emerging Infectious Diseases. (6)1034-1037. 

33- Muhsin Jamal, Tahir Hussain, Chythanya Rajanna Das and Saadia Andleeb (2015). Characterization of Siphoviridaephage Z and studying its efficacy against multi-drug resistant (MDR) Klebsiella pneumonia planktonic cells and biofilm. Journal of Medical Microbiology: 64 (4) 1-8. 

34- Tahir Hussain, Muhsin Jamal, Tayyab-ur-Rehman, Saadia Andleeb, Dengue: pathogenesis, prevention and treatment - A mini review. ADVANCEMENTS IN LIFE SCIENCES.Volume: 2. Issue: 3, Pages: 110-114 

35- Muhsin Jamal, Tahir Hussain, Chythanya Rajanna Das, Saadia Andleeb, Inhibition of clinical multi-drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae biofilm by Siphoviridae bacteriophage Z.(2015). 3(2)122-126. (non-ISI Indexed) 

36- Tahir Hussain, Muhsin Jamal, Faridah Nighat,Saadia Andleeb. (2014). 3rd Generation Cephalosporin Resistance in Klebsiellapneumoniae from Pus Samples. World Journal of Zoology. 9 (4): 276-280. 2014. 

37- Tahir Hussain, Muhsin Jamal, Faridah Nighat, Saadia Andleeb. (2014). Susceptibility Profile of Klebsiellapneumoniae Isolates from Pus to β-Lactam/ β-Lactamase Inhibitor Combinations. World Journal of Zoology. 9 (2): 115-120. 

38- Tahir Hussain, Muhsin Jamal, Faridah Nighat, Saadia Andleeb. (2014). Broad Spectrum Antibiotics and Resistance in Non-target Bacteria: An Example from Tetracycline. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiololgy. 8: 2667-2671. 

39- Sania Arifa, Syeda Qudsiab, Samina Urooja, NaziChaudrya,Aneeqa Arshada,Saadia Andleeb, Blueprint of quartz crystal microbalance biosensor for early detection of breast cancer through salivary autoantibodies against ATP6AP1. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 

40- Waqas Nasir Ch., Irshad ul Haq. Saadia Andleeb., Ishtiaq Qadri. 2013. Isolation and characterization of virulent bacteriophage LK1 against Citrobacter freundii. J of Basic Microbiology doi: 10.1002/jobm.201200710. 

41- Sadia Anjum, Sidra Ali, Tahir Ahmad, Muhammad Sohail Afzal, Yasir Waheed, Talha Shafi, Muhammad Ashraf and Saadia Andleeb. 2013. Sequence and Structural Analysis of 3' Untranslated Region of Hepatitis C Virus, Genotype 3a, From Pakistani Isolates. Hepatitis Monthly.13(5): e8390 

42- Adnan Amin, Muhammad Ayaz Khan, Uzma Haroon, Sheikh Muhammad Farooq Azam, Saadia Andaleeb, Pir Bux Ghumro. Determination of antibiotic resistance prototype and in vitro R plasmid transfer by conjugation between faecal Escherichia coli isolates from Broiler feces. Thai J Vet Med. 2012. 42(1): 87-93.
43- Adnan Amin, Malik Irfanullah, Abdul Hameed, Saadia Andleeb, Muhammad ayaz khan. 2012. Determination of antibiotic resistance patteren in Escherchia. Coli strains isolated from animal feaces in a farm house.13 (13): 250-254. 

44- Irshad Ul Haq, Was Nasir Chaudhry, Maha Nadeem Akhtar, Saadia Andleeb and Ishtiaq Qadri. 2011 Bacteriophages and their Implications on Future Biotechnology: A Review. Virology Journal 2012, 9:9. 

45- Andleeb, S., N. Atiq., G.D. Robson., S. Ahmad. 2011. An investigation of anthraquinone dye biodegradation by Aspergillus flavus SA2 in self-designed fluidized bed bioreactor. Environmental Pollution and Research Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-011-0687-x 

46- Haq IU, Chaudhry WN, Andleeb S, Qadri I. 2011. Isolation and Partial Characterization of a Virulent Bacteriophage IHQ1 Specific for Aeromonas punctata from Stream Water. Microbial Ecolology journal. DOI 10.1007/s00248-011-9944- 

47- Andleeb, S, Naima Atiq, Arvind Kumar Parmer, RobSon, G.D., Ahmed, S. 2011. An HPLC Method development for the assessment of degradation products of Anthraquinone dye. Journal of environmental monitoring and assessment. Environ Monit Assess. 176:597–604. 

48- Andleeb, S, N. Atiq, M. I. Ali, R. R. Ul-hussnain, M. Shafique, B. Ahmad, P. B. Ghumro, M. Hussain, A. Hameed, S. Ahmad. 2010. Biological treatment of textile effluent in stirred tank bioreactor. Int.J. Agric.Biol.,12 (2):256-260. 

49- Naima Atiq, Safia Ahmed, M.Ishtiaq Ali, Andleeb, S, Bashir Ahmad and Geoffery Robson. 2010. Isolation and identification of polystyrene biodegrading bacteria from soil. African journal of Microbiology Research. 4(14):1527-1541. 

50- Andleeb, S, M. I. Ali, N. Atiq, F. Ur-Rehman, G. D. Robson, A. Hameed, S. Ahmad. 2010. Biodegradation of anthraquinone dye by Aspergillus niger SA1 in self-designed fluidized bed bioreactor”. Iran. J. Environ. Health. Sci. Eng. 7( 5): 371-376 

51- Muhammad. I. Ali, Q. Perveen, I. Javed, B. Ahmad, P. B. Ghumro, R. R. Hussnain, Andleeb, S, N. Atique, A. Hameed and S. Ahmed. 2009. “Studies on Biodegradation of Cellulose Blended Polyvinyl Chloride Films. Int.J. Agric.Biol., 11:577-580M. 

52- F. Siddiqui, Andleeb, S, N. Ali, P. B. Ghumro, S. Ahmed. 2009. Upflow Fungal column reactor for the treatment of anthraquinone dye Drimarene blue. African Journal of Biotechnology. 8 (20): 5570-5577. 

53- F. Siddique., Andleeb, S., P. B. Ghumro, N.Ali and S. Ahmed. 2009. Biotreatment of anthraquinone dye Drimarene blue K2RL. African journal of environmental sciences and technology. 4(1): 045-050. (non-ISI Indexed) 

  • Molecular probes and biosensors (UG)
  • Applications of Biotechnology (UG)
  • Environmental Biotechnology (UG, PG)
  • Molecular microbiology (PG)
  • Bioprocess engineering (PG)
  • Applications of Biotechnology (UG)
WWF as Research Officer
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