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Dr Muhammad Yasin Ashraf

Dr Muhammad Yasin Ashraf





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Dr. M. Yasin Ashraf, Tamgha-I-Imtiaz, working as Professor/Head Botany Discipline in Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), The University of Lahore. He served as HoD of Soil and Environmental Sciences Division / Manager Academic Cell/ Deputy Chief Scientist at Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB), Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and has spent 33 years in academics/research and development. During Ph.D. he screened drought-tolerant wheat germplasm which was used in breeding programs of different institutes of the country and resulted in developing wheat varieties with less water demand. In collaboration of Japanese scientist, he developed a method to study the transcription of Ribulose 1-5 bisphosphate, a key enzyme of photosynthesis using Molecular and Radioisotopic techniques in Plant. In collaboration with IAEA and Spanish scientists, he developed nutrient management technology to have high crop yield in saline soils and he screened crops varieties by using 13C isotope discrimination for salt and drought tolerance. Dr. Ashraf developed techniques to screen the germplasm for salt and drought tolerance in plants. Furthermore, he developed nutrient management technology, for sugarcane, rice, and wheat, to have optimum crop productivity from salt-affected soils under, SOPIB, USA, Belgium, and Joint NIAB Germany Projects. Dr. Ashraf also developed nutrient management technology for citrus orchards to reduce excessive fruit drop and improving yield and quality of Kinnow fruits. He was the resource person in different Training courses on Nuclear and related techniques used in the study of soil Physical, Chemical and Biological parameters organized under IAEA Inter-Regional Model Project for professionals and technicians of 7 countries. In recognition of his research and development achievement, President of Pakistan awarded him with Tamgha-I-Imtiaz in 2008.  He possesses an immense dedication to work hard as an academician as a result of which NIAB got affiliation with PIEAS for awarding M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences. He published his research findings in well-reputed International and National Journals and in view of his research and development activities, Pakistan Council of Science and Technology awarded him Research Productivity Award 11 times from 2001 to 2018, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission awarded him “PAEC Gold Medal” and as an acknowledgment of his contribution in scientific knowledge, Pakistan Academy of Sciences awarded him with “Gold Medal and cash Award”. He has, so far, published 270 research and review papers, one book and 18 book chapters. His journal impact factor is over 250 and the author citation index is over 7000.  He has also completed 14 research projects funded by different national and international organizations. These projects were of great economic value and in line with the dire need of our country. He also teaches M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses in Advanced Plant Physiology, Stress Physiology and Molecular Biology and conducts research in the same disciplines. He has been able up to now to produce over 35 PhDs. He is also providing consistent guidance to BS/M.Sc., MS/M.Phil. and Ph.D. students of different at NIAB and other Universities of Pakistan. Dr. Ashraf is the technical editor, sub-editor, and member of advisory boards of some national/international journals. He is also a member of BoS of different Universities. He was also an organizer and member of organizing committees and resource persons in many national and international training workshops, courses and symposia. His research is primarily focused on the utilization of degraded wastelands for plant production, plant stress physiology and plant nutrient management under adverse environments. Dr. Ashraf’s research has helped the farmers in improving crop productivity and has the potential to further enhance the productivity of normal and degraded lands.