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Name: Dr. Muhammad Imran
Designation: Assistant Professor
Department: Microbiology


Qualifications:
  • Post-Doctorate: 2015-2016- Microbial Genomics &Proteomics. (Normandy-France)
  • Ph.D - Food and Agro. Biotechnology-2011. (Grade: Very Honourable ) University of the Caen, Normandy-France
  • M.Phil - Life and Health Sciences, Fundamental and Applied Biology - Cell biology (Specialization: Microbiology)
  • University of Caen,  Normandy-France
  • M.Sc (Hons) Food Technology
  • University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi, Pakistan. 
  • B.Sc (Hons) Agriculture (Food Technology)
  • University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi, Pakistan


Phone: +92-51 9064-3183
Email: mmimran@qau.edu.pk
Status: On job
Other Weblink: http://scholar.google.com.pk/citations?user=n8Gwp68AAAAJ&hl=en


Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

Food and Nutritional Microbiology

Microbial Diversity of Indigenous Fermented Foods

Interactions in Food related Microbial Communities

Food Safety, Food toxicology 

  • Farah N, Mehdi A, Soomro SI, Soomro NI Tareb R, Desmasures N, Vernoux JP, Bakhtiar SM, M. Imran. 2016. Draft Genome Sequence of Enterococcus mundtii QAUEM2808, Isolated from Dahi, a Fermented Milk Product. Genome Announcements 4(5)
  • Bushra Jamil, Rashda Abbasi , Shahid Abbasi , Muhammad Imran , Siffat U. Khan, Ayesha Ihsan, Sundus Javed, Habib Bokhari and Muhammad Imran 2016. Encapsulation of cardamom essential oil in chitosan nano-composites: In-vitro efficacy on antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens and cytotoxicity studies. Frontiers in Microbiology 7; doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01580. (IF: 4.165) (Q1-Microbiology)
  • Madeeha Ilyas Rana, Aamer Ikram, Muhammad Imran. 2016. A preliminary insight of correlation between fecal microbial diversity and blood lipid profile. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition 29:1-7 (IF: 1.451). (Q3-Food Science and technology/Q4-Nutrition and Dietetics)
  • Hajra Hanif · Awais Anjum · Naeem Ali · Asif Jamal · Muhammad Imran, Bashir Ahmad Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali. 2015. Isolation and Antibiogram of Clostridium tetani from Clinically Diagnosed Tetanus Patients. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene 93:752-756.  (IF 2.70) (Q1-tropical medicine/ Q2-Public, environmental and occupational health)
  • Ibrahim, T, A. Bano, H J. Chaudhary, M. Imran, Z. Mehmood, S. W. Hassan, N. Muhammad, S. A. H. Naqvi, M.F.H. Munis. 2014. Evaluation of Different Inoculation Methods for the Induction of Spot Blotch Caused by Helminthosporium sativum in Wheat. Philippine Journal of Crop Science (PJCS) 39 (3):1-11 (IF: 0.333) (Q4-Agronomy)
  • Muhammad, A.B.; Zaffar Mehmood; Munis, M. F. H.; Chaudhary, H. J.; T. Masud; Mahmood, T.; Haider, M. I.; Muhammad Imran 2014. Comparative biodiesel production potential of food waste oils as renewable energy source. Asian Journal of Chemistry 26(2) -527-530. (IF 0.335) (Q4-Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)
  • Imran M, Bre J. M, Guéguen M., Vernoux J-P, Desmasures N. 2013. Reduced growth of Listeria monocytogenes in two model cheese microcosms is not associated with individual microbial strains. Food microbiology 33, 30-39 (IF: 3.894), (Q1-Food Science and technology, Q1-Biotechnology and applied microbiology, Q2-Microbiology)
  • Talat M, T. Masud, M. Imran, Iftikhar Ahmed, N. Khalid. 2013. Selection and characterisation of probiotic culture of Streptococcus thermophilus from dahi. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition -0428 (IF: 1.257). (Q3-Food Science and technology/Q4-Nutrition and Dietetics)
  • Javed A., T. Masud, Q. ul Ain, M. Imran, S. Maqsood.  2011. Enterocins of Enterococcus faecium, emerging natural food preservatives. A review. Annals of Microbiology, 61 (4), 699-708, (IF: 1.549)- (Q4- Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology/ Q4 Microbiology).
  • Sandra Larpin, Muhammad Imran, Catherine Bonaïti, Nagamani Bora, Roberto  Gelsomino, Stefanie Goerges, Françoise Irlinger, Michael Goodfellow, Alan C. Ward,  Marc Vancanneyt, Jean Swings, Siegfried Scherer, Micheline Guéguen and Nathalie  Desmasures  Surface microbial consortia from Livarot, a French smear ripened cheese. Canadian journal of microbiology. 57, 651-660 (2011) (IF: 1.199). (Q4- Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology/ Q4 Microbiology)
  • Imran M, Desmasures N, Vernoux J-P.(2010) From undefined read smear cheese consortia to model communities having similar antilisterial activity on a micro-cheese (agar) matrix. Food Microbiology 27 1095-1103 (IF: 3.894).  (Q1- Food Science and technology, Q1-Biotechnology and applied microbiology, Q2-Microbiology)
  •                http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20832690
  • Zaheer Ahmed, Yanping Wang, Qiaoling Cheng and M. Imran (2010) Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteriocin, from production to their application: An overview. African Journal of Biotechnology. 9(20) 2843-2850 (IF: 0.573). (Q4-Biotechnology and applied microbiology)
  • Maqsood’ S., F. Hasan, T. Masud, M. Imran. 2008. Preliminary characterisation of Bacteriocin produced by Lactobacillus acidophilus TS1 isolated from traditional Dahi. Annals of Microbiology, 58 (4) 1-6 (IF: 1.232) (Q4- Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology/ Q4 Microbiology).
Book chapter and Conference Publications
  • Desmasures, N., Imran, M., Cretenet, M., 2015. Structure–Function Relationships of Microbial Communities, in: Bora, N., Dodd, C., Desmasures, N. (Eds.), Diversity, Dynamics and Functional Role of Actinomycetes on European Smear Ripened Cheeses. Springer International Publishing, pp. 167-184.
  • Imran, M., Desmasures, N., 2015. Safety and Quality Aspects of Smear Ripened Cheeses, in: Bora, N., Dodd, C., Desmasures, N. (Eds.), Diversity, Dynamics and Functional Role of Actinomycetes on European Smear Ripened Cheeses. Springer International Publishing, pp. 199-215.
  • Imran, M., Vernoux, J-P., Ledauphin, J., Bernay, B. & Desmasures N. (2012). Study of hurdle effect of model microbial communities exhibiting antilisterial activity in a cheese microcosm. Renc. Rech. Ruminants (19) 245-247.
  • Imran M., Desmasures N., Vernoux J-P. “Fermented food ecosystems having complex microbial communities and functional properties in book titled: Fermentation: Effects on Food Properties, In series: Chemical & Functional Properties of Food Components. April 10, 2012, CRC Press - 399 Pages.


  1. Shakira Ghazanfar, Qubtia, M. Hassan, F. Muhammad, A. Ahmed, I., M. Imran, Isolation and characterization of nutritionally important lactic acid bacteria from cattle gut.  67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, 29 August-2 September 2016. The Waterfront, Belfast, Northern Ireland(Accepted)
  2. Shakira Ghazanfar, Qubtia, M. Hassan, F. Muhammad, A. Ahmed, I. M Imran, Dietary supplementation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae on production and health status in dairy cattle. 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, 29 August-2 September 2016. The Waterfront, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Accepted)

3.       Shakira Ghazanfar, M. I. Anjum, F. Hassan, I. Ahmed, M. Qbtiya, M. Afzal and M. Imran. 2015. Dietary Supplementation of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae on Production and Health Status in Lactating Dairy Cattle. In “3rd International workshop on Dairy Science Park, pp 65, November 16-18, 2015, Peshaware-Pakistan

4.       Siddiqui SS, Zeb S, Imran M, Bakhtiar SM, In sight to genome shedding in Streptococcus thermophilus in response to environmental conditions. 3rd International Conference on emerging Trends in Bioinformatics and Biosciences (ICETBB) CUST, Islamabad. October 2015

5.       Khan MN, Imran m, Bakhtiar SM.  Re-annotation of Lactococcus lactis genome. 3rd International Conference on emerging Trends in Bioinformatics and Biosciences (ICETBB) CUST, Islamabad. October 2015

  1. Farhan Ahmad · Hafiz Arbab Sakandar · Khansa Haque · S. Umair Jamil · Asif Jamal · M. Ishtiaq Ali · M. Imran · Naeem Ali. 2015. Onion (Allium Cepa) as functional food to Ameliorate Cancer. 1st International Nastaran Cancer Symposium-, At Mashhad, Iran,
  2. Asad Ullah Naz, M. Rafique, Farah N, M. Imran.  2015. Evaluation Antagonistic and Probiotic Potential of Dairy Origin Enterococcus Faecium.  International Human Nutrition Conference and Expo. Lahore.
  3. Farhan Ahmad · Naeem Ali · Asif Jamal · Hafiz Arbab Sakandar · Khansa Haque · Muhammad Imran. Bio-colors an alternative to synthetic colors: a novel tool in food industry 10th Biennial International conference of Pakistan Society for Microbiology. Exploring Microbes for future Endeavors. March 25-28, 2015. Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Punjab, Lahore.
9.       Farah Nawaz, Sadia Mehmood, Saima Riaz and M. Imran. 2015. Diversity and technological potential of locally isolated lactic acid bacteria from fermented milk. 10th Biennial International conference of Pakistan Society for Microbiology. Exploring Microbes for future Endeavors. March 25-28,. Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Punjab, Lahore.

10.    Noor ul Huda, Amina Zuberi, Baber Khan, M. Imran, Saeeda Raza. Strain  base comparative effects of Dietary Probiotic Geotrichum candidum on digestive enzymes and body composition of Ctenopharyngodon idella and Tor putitora. 5th International Fisheries symposium, 24-25 February 2015, Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore Pakistan

11.    Saima Khalid and Muhammad Imran. Comparaison of Molecular and Phenotypic Approaches to Evaluate Aflatoxigenic Potential of Aspergillus flavus.5th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. Sep. 9-11, 2014 at The University of Poonch Rawalakot (Oral Presentation).

12.    Hafiz Arbab Sikandar, Muhammad Imran, Hafiz Khuram Waseem Aslam, Muhammad Asim, Azam Shakeel and Muhammad Shoaib Biodegradable Coating of Minimally Processed Melon: A New Tool For Food Preservation. National Conference on “Innovative Technologies and Sustainable Development in Agriculture” August 19-22, 2014 Agricultural University Teachers Association (AUTA) The University of Agriculture Peshawar-Pakistan at Bara Gali –Pakistan.

13.    Noor ul Huda—M. Imran and Amina Zubari,  2014 comparative effect of three strains of dietary probiotics Geotrichum candidum on growth performance and immunity of Ctenopharyngodon idella  and Tor Putitora, 34th Pakistan congress of Zoology, 25-27 Feb 2014. Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan-Pakistan.

14.    Huda S. Kifayyat Ullah, S. Ahmed, Manzoor Khan, M. Imran and  Amina Zubari. 2014. Effect of diferent strains of dietary probiotics on digestive enzymes on Juvenil Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). 34th Pakistan congress of Zoology, 25-27 Feb 2014. Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan-Pakistan.

15.    Momina Abbasi, Abu bakar Muhammad, Saima Riaz, Farah Nawaz and M. Imran. 2013. Impact of mix culture of Geotrichum candidum and lactic acid bacteria on yoghurt keeping quality. International Conference on Emerging Issues in Nutrition & Food safety, 21-23 Oct. 2013, University of Agriculture Faisalabad -Pakistan

16.    Abu bakar Muhammad and M. Imran. 2013. Geotrichum candidum as a potential proteolytic microbe for food industry. International Conference on Emerging Issues in Nutrition & Food safety, 21-23 Oct. 2013, University of Agriculture Faisalabad –Pakistan.

17.    Smayia Sharif, Nafeesa Qudsia Hanif, Shakira Ghazanfar, M. Imran, 2013. Effect of inoculant concentration on safety and nutritional quality of corn silage. International Conference, Application of Molecular Biology in Medicine and Agriculture, August 20-22, 2013. National Centre for Physics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad  

18.    Imran, M., K. Saima, S. Ahmed, N. Desmasures, Impact of Microbial Diversity and Interactions on the Safety of Fermented Foods. 6th Annual World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology (IBIO-2013) Nanjing China 25-27 April 2013 (Oral Presentation).

19.    Imran M. Starter Culture - An Import Substitute for Dairy and Health Sector. Invention to Innovation Summit 2013, organized by Institute of Research Promotion (IPR) in collaboration with PSF and PCST.  9-10 April, 2013. University of the Punjab Lahore Pakistan.

20.    Abu Bakar M, Ikram-Ul-Haq, U. Hameed, S. Ahmed, M. I., Ali and M. Imran. Evaluation of cladophora sp. Oil for the production of biodiesel as  renewable energy source. 33rd Pakistan Congress of Zoology. 2-4 April 2013. Islamabad (Oral presentation).

21.    Imran, M., S. Ahmed, J-P Vernoux, and N. Desmasures. Evaluation of antagonistic interaction in a cheese Microcosm by using metaproteomic and metabolomics approaches. 2nd International conference future perspectives of food processing industry in Pakistan. December 11-12, 2012. Department of food Science, Govt. college university Faisalabad, Pakistan (Key note speaker).

22.    Abu Bakar Muhammad, Ifra Ghori, Farah Nawaz, M. Imran. Future Challenges for Pakistani Food Industry Regarding Microbial safety. 2nd International conference future perspectives of food processing industry in Pakistan. December 11-12, 2012. Department of food Science, Govt. college university Faisalabad, Pakistan (Poster presentation, 3rd Price).   

23.    Waqas, A., S. Ahmed, M. Imran High incidence and antibiotic resistance of pathogenic bacteria in raw milk. 1st National Symposium on "New Horizons of Microbiology" Steps of Microbes on the Ladder of Life, November 7-8, 2012. Federal Urdu University of Arts Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan (Oral presentation).

24.    Imran M., Desmasures N., Ahmad S., Hameed A. Vernoux J-P. Characterization of antilisterial activity of model microbial community in a cheese microcosm. International conference on emerging issues in food safety. 14-16th November, 2011. National institute of Food Science and technology, Faisalabad-Pakistan (Invited presentation).  

25.    Imran M., Iabbassen A, Panoff JM, Desmasures N, Vernoux J-P. 2010. Focusing Metaproteomic analysis of simple microbial community in a cheese microcosm. 8th Congress of  French Society of Microbiology (SFM) Congress, Marseille, France, 2-4 June 2010 (Poster presentation)

26.    Imran M, Desmasures N, Vernoux J-P. 2010. Role of Microbial Growth Dynamics in Antilisterial Activity of Model Microbial Communities Originating from Cheese. 110th General Meeting of American society for Microbiology (ASM), San Diego-California USA. 23-27 May 2010. (Poster presentation)

27.    Imran M, Desmasures N, Vernoux J-P. 2009. Reconstitution of simple “smear like” microbial consortia active against Listeria monocytogenes in cheese agar 4th IDF (International Dairy Federation) Dairy Science and Technology Week 20-24 April 2009. Rennes-France (Poster  presentation)

28.    Imran M, Desmasures N, Vernoux J-P. 2009 Comparison of Listeria monocytogenes enumeration by rRNA hybridization and classical oxford media from micro-cheese agar. 12th Day of Doctorate school of Normandy, Integrative Biology, Health and Environment  (EdNBISE) 20th March 2009, Rouen, France (Oral presentation)

  1. Imran M, Desmasures N, Vernoux J-P. 2008. A rapid method for selection of microbial communities exhibiting antilisterial activity on micro-cheese agar medium. First European Food Congress 4th-8th November 2008. Ljubljana-Slovenia (Oral presentation)
  2. Wang Y. Z. Ahmed, M. Imran. 2008 Textural and functional improvement of Paneer Cheese using camel milk with Exopolysaccaride producing cultures. 5th IDF (International Dairy Federation) Symposium on Cheese Ripening 9-13 March 2008, Bern Switzerland. (Poster presentation)
  3. Imran M, Desmasures N, Vernoux J-P. 2007 selection and characterization of anti-listerial microbial communities originating from cheese 7th National Congress, Voyage au centre de la Microbiologie (voyage in to centre of microbiology) SFM (French society of microbiology) 30-31st and 1st June 2007, Nantes, France
  4. Wang Y, Feng Wu, Z. Ahmed, Li Chao M. Imran. 2007. Isolation, Identification and selection of high EPS producing strain of Lactic acid bacteria from Kefir.  3rd international symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria and Health, 15-16 Oct, 2007 Shanghai China  (Poster presentation)
  5. Ahmed, Z. Wang Y, A. H Soomro, M. Imran. 2007. Detection and partial characterization of a Novel Board Inhibitory Spectrum bacteriocin Produce by L. acidophilus ID3 isolated from Pakistani Dairy product, Dahi. 3rd International symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria and Health, 15-16 Oct, 2007 Shanghai China  

Research Projects

  • Development of microbial based feed supplement and evaluation of its efficiency on growth, production and health of dairy cattle (2016-2017) (5.0 Million) Pakistan Science Foundation(PSF).
  • Microbiological safety assessment of milk and Dahi. Higher education commission (HEC) (Rs. 0.5 Million) (2011-2013) 

Genomic data submission

  • Bio Project ID: PRJNA311247 Draft Genome Sequence of Enterococcus mundtii QAUEM2808.

·         Nucleotides Sequences Accession Numbers submitted to NCBI gene bank:

NCBI: accession Numbers: G. candidumKT280407, Aspergillus flavusNo. KP036603, KP036602, Pichia kudriavzevii: KT987926, KT987927and Lactic acid bacteriaKP256006, KP256007, KP256008 KP256009, KP256010, KT021871, KT021872, KT021870, KT021869, KT021873, KT021874, KT021875, KP256018, KP273582, KP256013, KP256014, KP256015, KP256011, KP256012, KP256016, KP256017, KP256021, KP256019, KP826774,). KP036602, KP036603, KP826777, KT033699, KT033700, KT033701, KT033702, KP826775, KP826776. 



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