Dr. Naeem Shahid

Naeem Shahid

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building: 6.0
Room: 121
Phone: + 49 341 6025 1495

Naeem Shahid

Research interests

Naeem Shahid is an environmentalist with specialization in ecotoxicology. His research interests include adaptation of macroinvertebrates (physiological/genetic) to pesticides and associated fitness costs. To understand the effects of pesticides under different field scenarios, he is focusing on mixture toxicity, multiple stressors and long term/delayed effects of pesticides. Furthermore, he is working to identify the association between agrochemicals and the risk of a parasitic disease Schistosomiasis.


Since 10/2019
Project management of the DFG funded project "SENTINEL" on the association of freshwater pollution and the risk of schistosomiasis transmission in Western Kenya in cooperation with icipe, KEMRI and RWTH Aachen University.

PhD at the Institute for Environmental Research (Biology V), RWTH Aachen, and the Department System Eco-toxicology, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany.

MS. Environmental Sciences at College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

PGD. Environmental Laws at University Law College, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.


Since 06/2013
Research Associate, Department of Environmental Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Vehari-Pakistan.

Environment Specialist, December, 2008 to May, 2011, SELCON, Environmental Techno legal firm Lahore-Pakistan.

Researcher ID


  1. Siddique, A., Shahid, N., Liess, M., 2024. Revealing the cascade of pesticide effects from gene to community. Science of The Total Environment, 170472. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.170472
  2. Iqbal, H.H., Siddique, A., Qadir, A., Ahmed, S.R., Liess, M., Shahid, N., 2024. Human health and ecology at risk: A case study of metal pollution in Lahore, Pakistan. Environmental Sciences Europe. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-023-00824-2
  3. Shah, G.M., Farooq, U., Shabbir, Z., Guo, J., Dong, R., Bakhat, H.F., Wakeel, M., Siddique, A., Shahid, N., 2023. Impact of Cadmium Contamination on Fertilizer Value and Associated Health Risks in Different Soil Types Following Anaerobic Digestate Application. Toxics 11. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11121008
  4. Siddique, A., Fatima, W., Shahid, N., 2023. Association of common BRCA1 variants with predisposition to breast tumors in Pakistan. Annals Of Human Genetics 87, 222-231. https://doi.org/10.1111/ahg.12511
  5. Shah, G.M., Amin, M., Shahid, M., Ahmad, I., Khalid, S., Abbas, G., Imran, M., Naeem, M.A., Shahid, N., 2022. Toxicity of ZnO and Fe2O3 nano-agro-chemicals to soil microbial activities, nitrogen utilization, and associated human health risks. Environmental Sciences Europe 34. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-022-00687-z
  6. Siddique, A., Shahid, N., Liess, M., 2021. Multiple Stress Reduces the Advantage of Pesticide Adaptation. Environmental Science & Technology. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c02669
  7. Shahid, N., Rolle-Kampczyk, U., Siddique, A., von Bergen, M., Liess, M., 2021. Pesticide-induced metabolic changes are amplified by food stress. Science of the Total Environment 792, 148350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148350
  8. Liess, M., Henz, S., Shahid, N., 2020. Modeling the synergistic effects of toxicant mixtures. Environmental Sciences Europe 32, 119. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-020-00394-7
  9. Siddique, A., Liess, M., Shahid, N., Becker, J.M., 2020. Insecticides in agricultural streams exert pressure for adaptation but impair performance in Gammarus pulex at regulatory acceptable concentrations. Science of the Total Environment, 137750. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137750
  10. Ashraf, M.R., Bakhat, H.F., Shah, G., Arshad, H.M., Mahmood, Q., Shahid, N., 2020. Role of Hydrophobicity in Bio-Accessibility of Environmental Pollutants Among Different Organisms. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies.  https://doi.org/10.15244/pjoes/111578
  11. Sabeen, M., Mahmood, Q., Ahmad Bhatti, Z., Faridullah, Irshad, M., Bilal, M., Hayat, T., Irshad, U., Ali Akbar, T., Arslan, M., Shahid, N., 2019. Allium cepa assay based comparative study of selected vegetables and the chromosomal aberrations due to heavy metal accumulation. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137750
  12. Shahid, N., Liess, M., Knillmann, S., 2019. Environmental stress increases synergistic effects of pesticide mixtures on Daphnia magna. Environmental Science & Technology. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b04293
  13. Hayat, A., Hussain, I., Soja, G., Iqbal, M., Shahid, N., Syed, J.H., Yousaf, S., 2019. Organic and chemical amendments positively modulate the bacterial proliferation for effective rhizoremediation of PCBs-contaminated soil. Ecological Engineering 138, 412-419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2019.07.038
  14. Nguyen, P.M., Afzal, M., Ullah, I., Shahid, N., Baqar, M., Arslan, M., 2019. Removal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products using constructed wetlands: plant-bacteria synergism may enhance degradation efficiency. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-019-05320-w
  15. Bakhat, H.F., Zia, Z., Abbas, S., Hammad, H.M., Shah, G.M., Khalid, S., Shahid, N., Sajjad, M., Fahad, S., 2019. Factors controlling arsenic contamination and potential remediation measures in soil-plant systems. Groundwater for Sustainable Development, 100263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsd.2019.100263
  16. Abbas, S., Siddique, A., Shahid, N., Khan, R. T., & Fatima, W. (2018). Breast cancer risk associated with BRCA1/2 variants in the Pakistani population. Breast Cancer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12282-018-0932-y
  17. Shahid N, Becker JM, Krauss M, Brack W, Liess M. 2018. Pesticide body burden of the crustacean Gammarus pulex as a measure of toxic pressure in agricultural streams. Environmental Science & Technology. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b01751
  18. Gulzar, F., Mahmood, Q., Bhatti, Z.A., Zeb, B.S., Shaheen, S., Hayat, T., Shahid, N., Zeb, T. 2018. Industrial Wastewater Treatment in Internal Circulation Bioreactor Followed by Wetlands Containing Emergent Plants and Algae. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11274-018-2496-6
  19. Shahid, N., Becker, J.M., Krauss, M., Brack, W., Liess, M., 2018. Adaptation of Gammarus pulex to agricultural insecticide contamination in streams. Science of The Total Environment 621, pp. 479-485. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.220
  20. Firdous, S., Jin, W., Shahid, N., Bhatti, Z.A., Iqbal, A., Abbasi, U., Mahmood, Q., Ali, A., 2018. The performance of microbial fuel cells treating vegetable oil industrial wastewater. Environmental Technology & Innovation 10, 143-151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eti.2018.02.006
  21. Khan, R. T., Siddique, A., Shahid, N., Khokhar, S., Fatima, W. 2018. Breast cancer risk associated with genes encoding DNA repair MRN complex: A study from Punjab, Pakistan. Breast Cancer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12282-018-0837-9
  22. Arslan, M., Ullah, I., Müller, J. A., Shahid, N., Afzal, M., 2017. Organic Micropollutants in the Environment: Ecotoxicity Potential and Methods for Remediation. Enhancing Cleanup of Environmental Pollutants. Springer, pp. 65-99. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55426-6_5
  23. Iqbal, H. H., Shahid, N., Qadir, A., Ahmad, S. R., Sarwar, S., Ashraf, M. R., Arshad, H. M., Masood, N., 2017. Hydrological and Ichthyological Impact Assessment of Rasul Barrage, River Jhelum, Pakistan. Polish Journal of Environ Studies 26 (1) 107-114. https://doi.org/10.15244/pjoes/63877
  24. Shah, G., Shah, G., Groot, J., Raza, M., Shahid, N., Lantinga, E., 2016. Maize nitrogen recovery and dry matter production as affected by application of solid cattle manure subjected to various storage conditions. Journal of soil science and plant nutrition 16, 591-603. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-95162016005000030
  25. Tabassum, S., Shahid, N., Shafiq, M., Mumtaz, M., Arslan, M., Wang, J. 2016. An oxidative stress response of Mirabilis jalapa to exhausted engine oil (EEO) during Phytoremediation. Polish Journal of Environ Studies.. 25 (6) 2581–2587. https://doi.org/10.15244/pjoes/61960
  26. Shahid, M., Dumat, C., Pourrutd, B., Abbas, G., Shahid, N., Pinelli, E. 2015. Role of Metal Speciation in Lead-Induced Oxidative Stress to Vicia faba Roots. Russ. J. Plant. Physl., 62(4) 448–454. https://doi.org/10.1134/S1021443715040159
  27. Shahid, N., Zia, Z., Shahid, M., Siddique, F., Anwar, S., Shah, G. M. and Ashraf, M. R. 2015. Assessing drinking water quality in Punjab, Pakistan. Polish Journal of Environ Studies 24(6) 2597-2606. https://doi.org/10.15244/pjoes/41533
  28. Shahid, M., Khalid, S., Abbas, G., Shahid, N., Nadeem, M., Sabir, M., Aslam, M., Dumat, C., 2015. Heavy metal stress and crop productivity. Crop Production and Global Environmental Issues. Springer, pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23162-4_1