Dr Muhammad Imran Khan

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Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig

Dr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Curriculum Vitae


Since Feb 2019 Post-Doctoral Fellow,
Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ,
Leipzig, Germany
Since Feb 2016 Assistant Professor,
Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences,
University of Agriculture Faisalabad,
Pakistan
Nov 2009-Feb 2016 Lecturer,
Department of Agronomy,
University of Agriculture Faisalabad,
Pakistan
Aug 2015 Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering,
Yonsei University,
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Sep 2011-Aug 2015 Research Assistant/Graduate Student,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Yonsei University,
Republic of Korea, September 2011~August 2015
Aug 2009-Nov 2009 Scientific Officer,
Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC),
National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC),
Islamabad, Pakistan
Jun 2009
M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering,
Zhejiang University,
Hangzhou, China

Sep 2006-Jun 2009 Research Assistant/Graduate Student,
Department of Environmental Engineering,
Zhejiang University,
Hangzhou, China
2004 B.Sc. (Hons.) Agronomy,
University of Agriculture Faisalabad,
Pakistan

Professional Skills

  • Analysis of persistent organic pollutants (organochlorine pesticides, PAHs, RDX & TNT)
  • High performance liquid chromatography & gas chromatography
  • Pollutants microbial biodegradation
  • Pollutants extractions, plant uptake & accumulation
  • Microbes & plant interactions
  • Comet assay (DNA damage) & microtox
  • DNA extraction, PCR & quantitative real-time PCR
  • Illumina MiSeq sequencing
  • Phylogenetic tree analysis


Main Research Interests

  • Bioavailability, eco-toxicity, bioremediation & phytoremediation of persistent organic pollutants
  • Impact of microbes on crop productivity in contaminated soil
  • Microbial biotransformation & biodegradation of organic compounds (TPHs, PAHs, RDX, TNT, & HCHs)
  • Screening & identification of pollutant-degrading microbes & functional genes through molecular biological tools
  • Exploration of unseen nature of the world in remediation of toxic substances produced by human


Publications


  • Khan M.I., Shoukat M.A., Cheema S.A., Arif H.N., Niazi N.K., Azam M., Bashir S., Ashraf I., Qadri R. 2020. Use, contamination and exposure of pesticides in Pakistan: A review. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences 57: 131-149.
  • Aslam Z., Bashir S., Hassan W., Belliturk K., Ahmad N., Niazi N.K., Khan A., Khan M.I., Chen Z., Maitah M. 2019. Unveiling the efficiency of vermicompost derived from different biowastes on wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) plant growth and soil health. Agronomy 9: 791.
  • Yoo K., Il H., Ko K.S., Lee T.K., Yoo H., Khan M.I., Tiedje J., Park J.H. 2019. Bacillus-dominant airborne bacterial communities identified during Asian dust events. Microbial Ecology 78:677-687
  • Khan M.I.*, Shoukat M.A., Cheema S.A., Azam M., Qadri R. 2019. Foliar- and soil-applied salicylic acid and bagasse compost addition to soil reduced deleterious effects of salinity on wheat. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 12:78.
  • Malik Z., Abbasi G.H., Cheema S.A., Dawood M., Javed M.B., Rafey M., Mansha M.N., Khan M.I.* 2020. Alleviation of toxic effects of untreated wastewater on selective vegetables using soil organic amendments. Tarim Bilimleri Dergisi- Journal of Agricultural Sciences 26(1): xx-xx (In Press).
  • Malik Z., Zong Y., Lu S., Abbasi G.H., Ali S., Khan M.I., Kamran M., Jamal M., Al-Wabel M.I., Rizwan M. 2018. Effect of biochar and quicklime on growth of wheat and physico-chemical properties of Ultisols. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 11:496.
  • Il H., Yoo K., Kang B.R., No J.H., We G.N., Khan M.I., Jeong T.Y., Lee T.K. 2018. A comparison study of potential environmental risks induced in arable-land and forest soil by load of carcass-derived pollutants. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 40: 451-460.
  • Abbas G., Murtaza B., Bibi I., Shahid M., Niazi N.K., Khan M.I., Amjad M., Hussain M., Natasha N. 2018. Arsenic uptake, toxicity, detoxification and speciation in plants: Physiological, biochemical and molecular aspects. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15 (59): 1-45 (doi:10.3390/ijerph15010059).
  • Zhai W., Qin T., Guo T., Khan M.I., Xu J., Tang X.J. 2017. Arsenic transformation in swine wastewater with low-arsenic contents during anaerobic digestion. Water, 9: 826.
  • Cheema S.A., Khan M.I., Tang X.J., Shen C., Farooq M., Chen Y.X. 2016 (June). Surfactant enhanced pyrene degradation in the rhizosphere of Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea). Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23: 18129-18136.
  • Khan M.I., Lee J., Yoo K., Kim S., Park J.H. 2015. Improved TNT detoxification by starch addition in a nitrogen-fixing Methylophilus-dominant aerobic microbial consortium. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 300: 873-881.
  • Khan M.I., Yang J.H., Yoo B.U., Park J.H. 2015. Improved RDX detoxification with starch addition using a novel nitrogen-fixing aerobic microbial consortium from soil contaminated with explosives. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 287: 243-251.
  • Khan M.I., Cheema S.A., Shen C.F., Hassan I., Chen Y.X. 2014. Phytotoxicity assessment of phenanthrene and pyrene in soil using two barley genotypes. Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry. 96: 94-105.
  • Tang X.J., Hashmi M.Z., Long D.Y., Chen L., Khan M.I., Shen C.F. 2014. Influence of heavy metals and PCBs pollution on enzyme activity and microbial community of paddy soil around an e-waste recycling workshop. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 11: 3118-3131.
  • Khan M.I., Lee J.J., Park J.H. 2013. A toxicological review on potential microbial degradation intermediates of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene, and its implications in bioremediation. KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering. 17: 1223-1231.
  • Khan M.I.,Cheema S.A.,Tang X.J., Shen C.F., Park J.H., Chen Y.X. 2013. A battery of bioassays for the evaluation of phenanthrene biotoxicity in soil. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 65: 47-55.
  • Khan M.I., Cheema S.A., Shen C.F., Tang X.J., Park J.H., Chen Y.X. 2012. Biotoxicity assessment of pyrene in soil by using a battery of biological assays. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 63:503-512.
  • Khan M.I., Lee J.J., Park J.H. 2012. Microbial degradation and toxicity of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine: A Review. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 22: 1321-1333.
  • Khan M.I., Cheema S.A., Zhang C.K., Shen C.F., Tang X.J., Chen Y.X. 2012. Assessment of phenanthrene bioavailability in aged and unaged soils by mild extraction. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 184:549-559.
  • Khan M.I., Cheema S.A., Shen C.F., Zhang C.K., Tang X.J., Zaffar M., Chen X.C., Chen Y.X. 2011. Assessment of pyrene bioavailability in soil by mild hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin extraction. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 60:107-115.
  • Shen C.F., Tang X.J., Yao J., Shi D.Z., Fang J., Khan M.I., Cheema S.A., Chen Y.X. 2010. Levels and patterns of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls in municipal waste incinerator bottom ash in Zhejiang province, China. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 179: 197-202.
  • Tang X.J., Shen C.F., Chen L., Wu J.Y., Khan M.I., Dou C.M., Chen Y.X. 2010. Inorganic and organic pollution in agricultural soil from an emerging e-waste recycling town in Taizhou area, China. Journal of Soils and Sediments. 10: 895-906.
  • Cheema S.A., Khan M.I., Tang X.J., Zhang C.K., Shen C.F., Chen X.C., Chen Y.X. 2010. Degradation of phenanthrene and pyrene in spiked soils by single and combined plants cultivation. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 177: 384-389.
  • Tang X.J., Cheema S.A., Shen C.F., Khan M.I., Zhang C.K., Chen Y.X. 2010. Heavy metal and persistent organic compound contamination in soil from Wenling: an emerging e-waste recycling city in Taizhou area, China. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 173:653-660.
  • Shen C.F.,Tang X.J., Cheema S.A., Zhang C.K., Khan M.I., Liang F., Chen X.C., Zhu Y., Lin Q., Chen Y.X. 2009. Enhanced phytoremediation potential of polychlorinated biphenyl contaminated soil from e-waste recycling area in the presence of randomly methylated-β-cyclodextrins. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 172: 1671-1676.
  • Cui X.Y., Wang H.L., Lou L.P., Chen Y.X., Yu Y.L., Shi J.Y., Xu L., Khan M.I. 2009. Sorption and genotoxicity of sediment-associated pentachlorophenol and pyrene influenced by crop residue ash. Journal of Soils and Sediments. 9: 604-612.
  • Daud M.K., Variath M.T., Ali S., Najeeb U., Hayat Y., Dawood M., Khan M.I., Zaffar M., Cheema S.A., Tong X.H., Zhu S., 2009. Cadmium-induced ultramorphological and physiological changes in leaves of two transgenic cotton cultivars and their wild relative. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 168: 614-625.
  • Cheema S.A., Khan M.I., Tang X.J., Zhang C.K., Shen C.F., Chen X.C., Chen Y.X. 2009. Enhancement of phenanthrene and pyrene degradation in rhizosphere of Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea). Journal of Hazardous Materials. 166: 1226-1231. (IF: 7.650)

Theses

Ph.D. Thesis (Yonsei University, 2015)

Development and characterization of anaerobic microbial consortia for complete detoxification of hexachlorocyclohexanes

M.Sc. Thesis (Zhejiang University, 2009)

Evaluation of PAHs bioavailability and eco-toxicity in soil by using combination of chemical and biological assays