Dr. Saleem Ur Rahman


Dr. Saleem Ur Rahman

Assistant Professor (IPFP Fellow)


Dr. Saleem Ur Rahman has been working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences & Technology, Mang, Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He has completed PhD in 2023 from National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Pakistan. During his Ph.D., he worked on “Exploring virus resistant Soybean germplasm and molecular characterization of viruses infecting Soybean and related legumes”. In this study, Dr. Rahman identified multiple viruses from legume crops as well as identified a virus resistant soybean line. Moreover, he has also generated transgenic soybean lines for Yellow Mosaic Disease (YMD) resistance. In the year 2018, he availed IRSIP, funded by HEC, Pakistan. In this program, Dr. Rahman visited the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies (CAGT), University of Georgia, United States of America. During his stay at CAGT, he worked on tasiRNAi and siRNAi

technology for developing transgenic soybean lines as well as the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system for targeting susceptible genes in soybean for potyvirus resistance. During his PhD tenure, Dr. Rahman established soybean tissue culturing; organogenesis, somatic embryogenesis and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. He also worked as Research Associate in Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB) project entitled “Breeding soybean for adaptation and high yield in the current scenario of climate change in Punjab” at National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Pakistan. Dr. Rahman has authored and co-authored over 21 international publications with a total impact factor of more than 81. Moreover, Dr. Rahman proudly remained part of team where they explored three revamped soybean varieties that are being cultivated in Punjab, Pakistan. Dedicated to the advancement of agricultural biotechnology research, Dr. Rahman focuses on improvement of crops and molecular characterization of viruses. In addition to actively supporting climate resilience and sustainable agriculture, his goals include academic excellence, student mentoring, and international collaboration.

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor Department of Allied Health Sciences, 30th October, 2023-till date
  • Research Associate, NIBGE-C, PIEAS, Faisalabad, Pakistan, November, 2020-June, 2023
  • Research Associate, University of Georgia, USA, January, 2018-December, 2018


  • PhD., Biotechnology, NIBGE-C, PIEAS, Faisalabad, Pakistan, 2023
  • MPhil, Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology, University of Malakand, 2014
  • BS Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology, University of Malakand, 2011


  • Saleem Ur Rahman et al., (2023). A source of resistance against yellow mosaic disease in soybeans correlates with a novel mutation in a resistance gene. Frontiers in Plant Science. 14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2023.1230559 IF=5.67
  • Muhammad Ismail Buzdar, Nasim Ahmed, Muhammad Jawad A. Awan, Saleem Ur Rahman, Muhammad A. B. Waqas, Ghulam Raza, Fathia Mubeen, Shahid Mansoor and Imran Amin (2023). Occurrence and Characterization of Alternaria alternata causing Leaf Spot of Soybean (Glycine max) in Pakistan. Journal of Plant Pathology. 1-9, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42161-023-01464-4 IF=2.64
  • Reena Rani, Muhammad Arif, Saleem Ur Rahman et al., (2023). Field Screening of Diverse Soybean Germplasm to Characterize their Adaptability under Long-Day Condition. Agronomy. 13(9), 2317. IF=3.7
  • Saleem Ur Rahman et al., (2023). Agrobacterium-mediated transformation for the development of transgenic crops; present and future prospects. Molecular Biotechnology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12033-023-00826-8. IF=2.86
  • Saleem Ur Rahman et al., (2023). Metagenomic study for the identification of viruses infecting soybean in Pakistan. Australasian Plant Pathology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13313-023-00909-9.   IF=1.40

Research Interests:

Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Genetic Transformation, Plant Genome Engineering and Plant Molecular Virology

Awards & Prizes

  • 2023-2024, IPFP Fellowship, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan
  • 3-5th April, 2023, Best Poster Presenter, GC-University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Jan, 2018-Nov, 2018, IRSIP Fellowship, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan
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