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Dr. Faiza Munir
Assistant Professor
Plant Biotechnology

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12 Islamabad
Tel : +92-051-9085-6146

Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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

Dr. Faiza Munir is serving as an Assistant Professor at Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB), National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST). 
She received her M.Sc. and M.Phil. degree from Quaid-i-Azam, University, Islamabad, Pakistan. She was awarded Gold medal in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at M.Sc.level,from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan in 2008. She was also awarded a Presidential Medal by the Government of Pakistan for being an outstanding student in Biological Sciences in M.Sc. in 2008. She also received Gold Medal in 2010 at M.Phil. level in the field of Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She received Certificates of Merit along with Merit Scholarships throughout M.Sc. Botany and M.Phil. Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for securing first position during her degrees. She did her PhD in Biotechnology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan in 2015. During her PhD, she worked in The University of Queensland, Australia under the HEC fellowship (2014-2015). Her research focus was to study the regulation of rice germin-like protein gene promoter in response to various plant signaling molecules and fungal infections in genetically engineered potato plants.
1.   Development of transgenic resistance in Solanum tuberosum L. against abiotic stress, by the expression of DREB protein gene. Principal Investigator - NRPU-HEC (2018): PKR 3.137 M
2.   Isolation and characterization of the gene(s) involved in salt-stress signaling in potato. Principal Investigator - SRGP-HEC (2016): PKR 0.5 M 

Research Supervision of Students

​Degree ​Name Research Area-Thesis​
​MS ​Joveria Saleem ​Molecular analysis of salt Stress signaling gene(s) in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) (Completed-2017)
​MS ​Noor-Ul-Saba ​Expression analysis of stress responsive gene(s) in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.)
MS​ ​Mueeba Arveen​ ​Research Phase
​BS ​Eman Farrukh ​Identification of drought stress tolerant genes in Solanum tuberosum. (Completed 2018)
​BS ​Bushra Ahmed ​Identification of salt stress responsive gene(s) in Solanum tuberosum. L (Completed 2017)
​B​S ​Areej ​Sohail​ ​Identification of heat stress induced gene(s) in Solanum tuberosum. L (Completed 2017)​

1. Mahmood T, Tahir T, Munir F, Shinwari Z. K (2018) Characterization of regulatory elements in OsRGLP2 gene promoter through sequencing and in silico evaluation in different rice varieties. Computational Biology and Chemistry. 73: 206–212.

2. Hayat M, Abbas M, Munir F, Hayat M. Q, Keyani R, Amir R (2017). Potential of plant flavonoids in pharmaceutics and nutraceutics. Journal of Biomolecules and Biochemistry 1(1): 11-16.

3. Munir F, Hayashi S, Batley J, Naqvi S. M. S, Mahmood T (2016) Germin-like protein 2 gene promoter from rice (OsRGLP2) is responsive to fungal infectivity in transgenic potato plants Functional and Integrative Genomics 16 (1): 19-27

4. Munir F, Naqvi S. M. S, Mahmood T (2013). In vitro and in silico characterization of Solanum lycopersicum wound inducible proteinase inhibitor-II gene. Turkish Journal of Biology 37: 1-10.

5. Wali, S, Munir F and Mahmood. T (2013). Phylogenetic studies of selected Citrus species based on chloroplast gene, rps14. International Journal of Agriculture and Biology 15: 357-361.

6. Mahmood. T, Jameel A, Abbasi B. H, Munir F, Naqvi S. M. S (2012) In vitro Callogenesis and Detection of Somaclonal Variations in Plantago ovata L. Journal of Crop Sciences and Biotechnology 15(4): 289-295.

7. Munir F, Naqvi S. M. S, Mahmood T (2011). In vitro culturing and assessment of somaclonal variartion of Solanum tuberosum var. desiree. Turkish Journal of Biochemistry 36(4):296-302.

8. Saeed S, Munir F, Naveed I, Raja G. K, Mahmood T (2011). Phylogenetics of selected Plantago species on the bases of rps 14 chloroplast gene.  Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 5(19): 4888-4891.

9. Mahmood T, Meer F, Munir F, Nazar N, Naveed I (2011). Genetic diversity of selected Apocynaceae Species based on Chloroplast gene rps11. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 5(17):4382-4387.

10. Mahmood T, Saeed S, Naveed I, Munir F, Raja G. K. (2011). Assessment of antioxidative activities of extracts from selected Plantago species. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 5(20):5172-5176.

Book Chapters

11. Amir, R., Taufiq, S., Noor, N., Nauman, I., Munir, F., Keyani, R. and Tahir, A.T. Stress Signalling under metal and Metalloid toxicity. Springer Nature, Singapore (In-press) 

12. Amir, R., Iqbal, T., Khan, M., Munir, F. and Keyani, R. Abiotic Stress Signalling in Plants as Affected by Phytoprotectants. Taylor & Francis/CRC Press (In-press) 

13. Amir, R., Hayat, M., Nauman, I., Khan, M. and Munir, F. Plants adaptive mechanisms under Arsenic Pollution. Springer Japan (In-press)

14. Amir, R., Munir, F., Kubra, G., Iqbal, T. and Khan, M. Plant Signalling Molecules and Cadmium stress tolerance. Elsevier (In-press)