Dr. Bushra Rashid


Plant Genomics Lab

e-mail: bushra.cemb@pu.edu.pk

Professor Dr. Bushra Rashid has 30 year’s research experience in the field of Plant Molecular Biology with expertise in plant genetic transformation, gene cloning, genomic applications and studying the abiotic stress tolerance mechanism in different plant species including Cotton- a major cash crop in Pakistan. Main goal of her research is to comprehend the intricate and intriguing messages hidden within the genomes of different plant species for production of abiotic stress tolerant crop plants, biofuel production to minimize environmental pollution. 
Plants’ metabolism behaves differently for physiological and biochemical pathways under the climate change scenarios or abiotic stresses. Therefore, understanding plant genetic diversity will explain diversity in plants’ phenotyping is indispensable to understand crop plants’ life cycle.
Next Generation Sequencing or RNA Sequencing technologies in plant biology have modernized the field of genomics, providing new platforms to explore the plant metabolism. Hence, understanding such processes will be helpful to develop crops for sustainable agriculture with effective conservation approaches, under the prevailing circumstances of extreme weather conditions or climate change, to meet increasing demand of food and bioenergy crops for rapidly growing population. Some salient and recent publications showing the research outcome are mentioned below

Area(s) of Research: 

Plant Biology, Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Physiology, Plant Molecular Biology, Molecular Plant Physiology

Selected Publications:  

  1. Shahid MN, Kiani S, Rashid B, Husnain T (2023). Identification, characterization and expression profiling of salt-stress responsive proteinase inhibitor in Gossypium arboreum L. South African Journal of Botany 160(2023): 194-200.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sajb.2023.07.006. 
  2. Batool F, Hassan S, Azam S, Sher Z, Ali Q, Rashid B. (2023). Transformation and expressional studies of GaZnF gene to improve drought tolerance in Gossypium hirsutum. Scientific Reports. (2023) 13:5064. 
  3. Muzaffar A, Arif U, Akram F, Batool F, Hassan S, Rashid B. (2022). Abiotic Stress: Interplay Between ROS Production and Antioxidant Machinery, Signaling, and ROS Homeostasis. OBM Genetics 6(4), doi:10.21926/obm.genet.2204171. 
  4. Azhar M, Batool F, Akram F, Hassan S, Rashid B. (2022). Worldwide Impact of Covid-19 on Food Security and Farming Sector”. Acta Scientific Biotechnology 3(5): 01-08 
  5. Usman  M, Ayub CM (2022) Comparative drought stress mitigating morphological, physiological, biochemical and molecular responses of Guava (Psidium guajava L.) cultivars. Frontiers in Plant Science 13: 878616, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2022.878616. M, Bokhari SAM, Fatima B, Rashid B, Nadeem F, Sarwar MB, Nawaz-ul-Rehman MS, Shahid 
  6. Zameer M, Shafique S, Shafique S, Tahir U, Zahra N, Rashid B, Afzaal R. (2022). Physiological and biochemical response of transgenic cotton plants to drought stress. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 31(4): 3909-3918. DOI: 10.15244/pjoes/146461 
  7. Batcho AA, Sarwar, MB, Jabbar B, Rashid B, Hassan S, Husnain T. (2022). Transient expression analysis of Agave sisalana heat shock protein gene (AsHSP70) in model species (Nicotiana benthamiana) under Heat Stress. Biology Bulletin 49(3): 160-168. DOI: 10.1134/S1062359022030037 
  8. Hafeez MN, Khan MA, Sarwar B, Hassan S, Ali Q, Husnain T, Rashid B (2021). Mutant Gossypium universal stress protein-2 (GUSP-2) gene confers resistance to various abiotic stresses in E. coli BL21 and CIM-496-Gossypium hirsutum. Scientific Reports 11, 20466. 
  9. Hassan S, Ahmad A, Batool F, Rashid B, Husnain T. (2021) Genetic modification of Gossypium arboreum Universal Stress Protein (GUSP1) improves drought tolerance in transgenic cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants. 27(8):1779-1794 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12298-021-01048-5 
  10. Ahmad Z, Bashir K, Matsui A, Tanaka M, · Sasaki R,· Oikawa A, Hirai MY, Chaomurilege, Zu Y, Kawai-Yamada K, Rashid B, Husnain T, Seki M (2021). Overexpression of nicotinamidase 3 (NIC3) gene and the exogenous application of nicotinic acid (NA) enhance drought tolerance and increase biomass in Arabidopsis. Plant Molecular Biology 107: 63-84. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11103-021-01179-z.