Name: Dr. Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali
Designation: Associate Professor (Tenured)
Department: Microbiology

Qualifications: Postdoc (2012-2013): University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia

Ph.D ( 2005-2009): Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan

M.Phil Leading Ph.D: (2004-05) Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan

MSc: (2001-2003) University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi, Pakistan

BSc: (1999-2001) Punjab University Lahore Pakistan

Phone: +92-51 9064-3196
Status: On Job
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Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

Applied & Environmental Microbiology

Biodegradation of synthetic pollutants

Colonization and bio deterioration of man-made materials

Bioremediation studies of organochlroinated pesticide

Microbial conversion of waste into Energy

Biogas production from organic waste

Biogenic Conversion of coal to methane

Microbial desulphrization of coal

Biofuel production from microalgea

Effect of biochar on soil microbial diversity and its role for bioremediation

Molecular Microbiology

Molecular and genomics studies of commercially important microbes

Cloning and characterization of pollutant degrading microbial ezymes


Research Publications

 1.   Nazia Khatoon, Asif Jamal and Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2017). Lignin peroxidase isoenzyme: A Novel approach to biodegrade the toxic synthetic polymer waste. Environmental Technology Accepted (Impact Factor 1.75)

2.   Nazia Khatoon, Asif Jamal and Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2017). Polymeric pollutant biodegradation through microbial oxidoreductase: A better strategy to safe environment. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 105(1) 9-16 (Impact Factor 3.68)

3. Aneela Younis Malik , Muhammad Ali, Asif Jamal, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2017) Isolation and Characterization of Coal Solubilizing Aerobic Microorganisms from Salt Range Coal Mines Pakistan. Geomicrobiology Journal. 34(2): 109-118 Impact factor (1.44)

4. Rabia Liaquat, Asif Jamal, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2017). Characterization of bacterial consortia from anaerobic digester treating organic waste for biogas production. Polish Journal of Environmental Sciences. 26(2) 709-716 Impact factor 0.89)

5. Anam Fatima, Muhammad Zafar, Mushtaq Ahmad, Shazia Sultana & Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2017). Parametric characterization and statistical optimization of Argemone ochroleuca (Mexican Poppy) methyl esters as a renewable source of energy. Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects. 39(19) 1963-1969  Impact factor 0.527)

6.   Nazia Khatoon, Najam I Sahar, Asif Jamal, Naeem Ali, Udonna Ndu, Safia Ahmed, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2016). High throughput production of peroxidase and its biodegradation potential toward polymeric material.  International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 14 (4): 755-766. (Impact Factor 2.344)

7.   Jafar Ali, Abdul Hameed, Safia Ahmed, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali , Shama Zainab, Naeem Ali (2016). Role of catalytic protein and stabilizing agents in transformation of Ag ions to nanoparticles by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. IET Nanobiotechnology. 10(5): 295 - 300 Impact Factor (1.50)

8.       Aneela Younis Malik , Muhammad Ali, Asif Jamal, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2016) Isolation and Characterization of Coal Solubilizing Aerobic Microorganisms from Salt Range Coal Mines Pakistan. Geomicrobiology Journal. 34(2): 109-118    Impact factor (1.44)

9.   Asif Jamal, Muhammad Zahid Qureshi, Raja Rizi ul Hasan, Naeem Ali, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2016). Mathematical modeling of bioprocess variables for improved production of Rhamnolipid from Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain JQ.Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences 53(3), 551-556 ( Impact Factor 1.054)

10. Rabia Liaquat, Sidra Kaleem , Aqeela Azeem , Asif Jamal and Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2015). Production and characterization of α-amylase from indigenously isolated bacterial strains treating organic waste in anaerobic digester. Pakistan journal of agricultural sciences. 52(4) 895-903. Impact factor (1.05)

11. Hajra Hanif, Awais Anjum, Naeem Ali, Asif Jamal, Muhammad Imran, Bashir Ahmad and Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2015). Isolation and antibiogram of Clostridium tetani from clinically diagnosed Tetanus patients. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 93(4): 752–756 (Impact factor 2.78) 

12. Muhammad Pukhtoon Zada Khan,  Mushtaq Ahmad,  Muhammad Zafar, Shazia Sultana, Muhammad  Ishtiaq Ali (2015). Ethnomedicinal Uses of Edible Wild Fruits (EWFs) in Swat Valley, Northern Pakistan. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 173:191-203 (Impact factor 2.99)

13.       Mobushir Riaz KhanHaroon AhmedRosario Panadero-Fontán,Ceferino López SándezMuhammad Aamir KhanSaira AsifMuhammad Ishiaq AliMazhar Qayyum (2015). Risk mapping of bovine hypodermosis using geographical information system (GIS) in cattle of subtropical region, Pakistan. The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. 29; 9(8):872-7 (Impact factor 1.30)

 14.     Mustfa ILodhi MWaheed MKhan M RAsif SAfzal S,Muhammad Ishtiaq AliQayyum MAhmed H (2015).  Newcastle disease as an emerging disease in Peacock of Tharparkar region of PakistanThe Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. 9(8): 914-916 (Impact factor 1.3)

15. Shumaila Ishfaq , Naeem Ali , Isfahan Tauseef , Muhammad Nasir Khan Khattak , Zabta Khan Shinwari, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali. (2015) Analysis of paint degradation by fungal and bacterial species. Pak. J. Bot., 47(2): 753-760 (Impact factor 1.207)

16.   Jafir Hussain Shirazi, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali, Abdur Rashid, Safia Ahmed and Ayesha Nayab (2015). Prevalence and risk factors assessment of Candida albicans in tertiary health care institutions of Pakistan Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci (2015) 4(3): 1067-1072

17.        Nazia Khatoon, Iffat Naz, Naeem Ali, Asif Jamal, Safia Ahmed, Abdul Hameed and Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali (2014).Bacterial Succession and degradative changes by biofilm on plastic for wastewater treatment. Journal of Basic Microbiology. 54(7): 739-749 (Impact factor 1.822)

18.         Iffat Naz, Nazia Khatoon, Muhamamd Ishtiaq Ali, Naeem Ali. Devendra P. Saroj, Syeda Ain-ul Batool and Safia Ahmed(2014). Appraisal of the tire derived rubber (TDR) medium for wastewater treatment under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 89 (4) : 587-596 (Impact factor 2.494)

19.       Ali. M.I, Ahmed S, Javed I., N. Ali, Atiq N, Hameed A Robson G (2014). Biodegradation of Starch Blended Polyvinyl Chloride Film by Phanerochaete   chrysosporium PV1. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 11(2):339-348 (Impact factor 1.794)

20.        Asif Jamal, Naeem Ali, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali, Abdul Hameed, M.Z. Qureshi (2014) Enhanced Production of rhamnolipid by P. aeruginosa using Response Surface Methodology. Asian Journal of Chemistry; 26(4):1044-1048(Impact factor 0.355)

21.       Ali MI, Ahmed S, Robson G, Javed I, Ali N, Atiq N, Hameed A (2014) Isolation and molecular characterization of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic degrading fungal isolates. J basic Microbiology. 54(1):18-27 (Impact factor 1.822)

22.        Syed Zeeshan Haider Naqvi, Urooj Kiran, Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali, Asif Jamal, Abdul Hameed, Safia Ahmed and Naeem Ali (2013). Combined efficacy of biologically synthesized silver nanoparticles and different antibiotics against multi-drug resistant bacteria. International Journal of Nanomedicine. 8 : 3187-3195 (Impact factor 4.195)

23.  Muneer Ahmed Qazi , Mishal Subhan , Nighat Fatima ,Muhammad   Ishtiaq Ali , Safia Ahmed (2013). Role of Biosurfactant Produced By   Fusarium sp. BS-8 in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Through Sand Pack Column. International Journal of Bioscience, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. 11/2013; 3(6):598-604

24.     Lubna Tahir. Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali, Muhammad Zia, Naima Atiq, Fariha Hasan, Safia Ahmed (2013) Production and Characterization of Esterase in Lentinus tigrinus for Degradation of Polystyrene. Polish Journal of Microbiology . 62(1) 101–108 (Impact factor 0.871)

25.       B Ghumro, M. Shafique, M. I. Ali, I. Javed, N. Ali, B. Ahmad and A. Hameed (2012).“Isolation and screening of protease producing thermophilic Bacillus strains from different soil types of Pakistan. African J Microbiology Research. 5(31), 5534-5539 (Impact factor 0.539)

26.        Javed I, M. I. Ali, B. Ahmad, P. B. Ghumro, A. Hameed and S. Ahmed (2011).“Optimization and partial purification of bacteriocins from Enterococcus spp. indigenous to Pakistan. J of Food Biotechnology. 25(2),130-139 (Impact factor 0.64)

27.       Shama Sehar, Iffat Naz, Mohammad Ishtiaq Ali and Safia Ahmed (2011). Monitoring of  Physico-Chemical and Microbiological Analysis of Under Ground Water Samples of District  Kallar Syedan, Rawalpindi-Pakistan. Research J Chemical Sciences. 1(8), 24-30

28.       Atiq, N, S. Ahmed, M. I. Ali, S. Andleeb, B. Ahmed, G. Robson   (2010). Isolation and identification of polystyrene biodegrading bacteria from soil .African J of Microbiology     Research. 4(14),            1537    – 1541 (Impact factor 0.539)

29.       AndleebS, 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 (Impact factor  1.01)

 30    I. Javed, M. Riaz, M.I. Ali, B. Ahmad, A. Hameed, G. J. Chaudry and S. Ahmed (2010).“Production, characterization, and antimicrobial activity of a  bacteriocin from newly isolated Enterococcus faecium IJ-31”.Journal of Food Protection. 73(1), 44-52 (Impact factor  1.797)

31.      I. Javed, M. I. Ali, B. Ahmad, P. B. Ghumro, A. Hameed, G. J. Chaudry and S. Ahmed (2010). “Bacteriocinogenic potential of newly isolated strains of Enterococcus faeciumand Enterococcus faecalis from dairy products of Pakistan”. J Microbiol. Biotechnol.20(1),153-160 (Impact factor  1.32)

32.         Saadia. A, M. I. Ali, N. Atiq, F. Ur-Rehman, R.R.Hasan,  G. D. Robson, A. Hameed, S. Ahmad (2010) “Biological Treatment of Textile Effluent in Stirred Tank Bioreactor”. Int. J. Agri. Biol.    12(2) 256-260 (Impact factor  0.94)

33.         Muhammad. I. Ali, I. Javed, B. Ahmad, P.B.Ghumro, S. andleeb, N. Atique, A. Hameed and S. Ahmed (2009).“Studies on Biodegradation of Cellulose Blended Polyvinyl Chloride Films. Int. J. Agri. Biol. 11(5) 577–580 (Impact factor  0.94)


Papers Accepted/ Presented in Conferences / Workshops:


Conference Title




Sponsoring Agency

10th Biennial International Confrence of Pakistan society for Microbiology

University of Punjab



25-28 march 2015


Symposium on Coal Biotechnology-Its Commercialization Prospects in Pakistan

NIBGE Faislabad


24-25 November 2014


workshop on Application of Statistics and Data Analysis

QAU Islamabad


24-28 June 2014


International Conference on energy production from agriculture biomass and domestic waste



Rawalpindi, Pakistan

15-17 April 2014



Biosafety Training Workshop for Young Scientists

AIOU Islamabad


16 January 2014


2nd national conference on
Current Approaches In Microbiology

Dept. Microbiology, Hazara University KPK Pakistan


Nathia Gali,


27-28 June, 2013



BIT’s 6th annual World congress of Industrial Biotechnology (Ibio-2013)


IBIO China

Nanjing, China

25-27 April, 2013



1st National Symposium on New Horizons of microbiology

Fedral Urdu Univrsity karachi

Karachi, Pakistan

7th & 8th November 2012


International workshop on Essential Need of Nano-Education in OIC Countries

COMSTECH-PRESTON Islamabad. Pakistan



7-9 April, 2011



15th International Symposium on Biodeterioration and Biodegradation (IBBS-15)


University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria







September 19-24th , 2011





3rd IPO conference 26th April 2011

IPO Pakistan


26 April 2011

IPO, pakistan

2nd IPR Conference, by Intellectual Property Organization – Pakistan



May 3, 2010


First international conference on Advances in Waste Water Treatment and Reuse.  , from

University of Tehran, College of Engineering, Tehran, IRAN


Tehran, IRAN


09-11 November, 2009


1st International conference on biotechnology,

King Saud University, Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Saudi Arabia

16-18 Sep 2009



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Co. PI


Cloning and characterization of plastic degrading microbial isolates funded by Pakistan Science foundation




2.14 M







Characterization of food and vegetable waste for energy production by microorganism funded by HEC




0.5 M







Targeting the Hidden Natural Resource for Alternative Energy Source; Screening and Optimization of Microbial Biogasification Techniques for Methane Production using Low to High Grade Coal


















Characterization of Biochar for Remediation of Contaminated Soils




7.0 M









Development of Biological Treatment System for Pulp and Paper Industry Effluent













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