Faculty Dr. Saher Mahmood


Dr. Saher Mahmood

Dr. Saher Mahmood

  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

  • saher.9006@wum.edu.pk

  • Doctorate


Passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated scientist and keen researcher earned her degree from prestigious Institute of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. She has worked in the lab of Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain & Dr Mehboob Ahmed in MMG, PU and Prof. Murray Grant lab in School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK. She has worked on the fastidious Phyllospheric bacterial diversity, Bacterial and Fungal Consortium, Bacterial & Fungal Derivatives, Colonization Pattern of GFP Labelled microbes, and Microbial and Plant Metabolites, Hydrolytic Enzymes and effect of microbial bio-factories on plants in field trials. She is good in Sensitivity Testing, Confrontation assay, Re-watering assay, Imaging, CLSM, LC-MS. She is also interested in in-silico and in-vitro metabolic profiling of bacteria and plants and modelling of compounds. Research interest are Phyllosphere Microbiology, Microbial diversity, Metagenomics, Metabolomics, Proteomics, Fungal-Bacterial-Plant Interaction, Agricultural Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Applied Microbiology, Secondary Metabolites, in-silico natural product discovery.

Academic Background
  • PhD


    Institute of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of the Punjab, Lahore

    - 2021

  • MPhil

    Post graduate

    Institute of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of the Punjab, Lahore

    - 2013

Honours and Awards
  • 2nd Position in all Punjab Debate competition


  • 3rd Position in Scientific Model Competition


  • Merit-Based Scholarship, MMG, PU

    November 2011

  • Selected as president of CBS for consecutive 4 years, MMG, PU

    March 2015 – October 2019

  • Faculty Development Program Scholarship awarded by HEC

    December 2013

  • Research scholarship awarded by the Higher Education commission (HEC) of Pakistan under, International research support initiative programme (IRSIP)

    January 2018 to July 2018

  • Cross kingdom pathogenicity across plants and human beings (Editorial)


  • Imaging of phytosphere colonization by GFP (green fluorescent protein) expressed epiphytic phyllospheric bacteria


  • Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The Women University Multan

    Since 2013 to date