Associate Professor

PhD (2005-2009) (Molecular Plant Physiology) “The Role of Cytokinins in Plant Immunity “Julius-Von-Sachs, Institute for Biological Science, University of Wuerzburg.

M.Phil. (2002-2004) (Plant Molecular Biology), “Overexpression of the At DREB1A in Rice for Abiotic Stress Tolerance”. National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab Lahore.

B.S (1998-2002) (Plant Breeding & Genetics) “Anti-sense suppression of gene expression” Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, NWFP, Agricultural University Peshawar.


  • Assistant Professor (01.01.2018-date): Department of Life & Environmental Science, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, Visiting Research Scientis (2018-date)

  • Visiting Professor, University of Wuerzburg, Germany (2019-date)

  • Department of Bioinformatics University of Wuerzburg, Germany, Assistant Professor (2016-to-2018), MBG Boğaziçi, University Istanbul

  • Research Scientist (04/2009- 10/2016): Department of Bioinformatics, Biozentrum, University of Wuerzburg, Germany,

  • Independent Consultant (2005): Biotechnology Market Research for Pacific Rim Technology Solutions, Singapore

  • Lecturer in Biotechnology (11/2004-3/2005): Baluchistan Univeristy of Information Technology and Management Sciences, Quetta

  • Research Officer (1/2004 to 11/2004): National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab.


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, FF1-1-19


+971 2 599 3596

Teaching Areas

Biological Concepts, Signal Transduction, Stress Physiology, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Environment and Sustainability, Network Biology, Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, Quantitative Biology and Biometry. 

Research and Professional Activities

  • Cluster-Grant 442,000 AED Establishing the non-invasive phenotyping of quinoa under pathogen infection, hydroponic growth unit and extra-terrestrial conditions as food security measures for the UAE 2020-2022

  • RIF-grant Zayed University 300,000: “OMICS of trophy; dissecting the role of cytokinins in pathogen-lifestyle-specific networks in plants” 2019-2021,

  • Start-up grant, 25,000 AED: The impact of elevated CO2-on plant immune system 2018-2019,

  • Travel grant from BÜVAK foundation for MCCMB`17 conference talk 2017, TÜBİTAK,

  • Above Average Award Project 2024 Grant No. 373832 Amount: 10000TL 2017.

  • BAP-Grant No.13203, Amount 70,000 Euros Trans-kingdom-immune regulations by cytokinin 2017,

  • EMBL-EBI short fellowship, Structural Bioinformatics Course, Cambridge 2016,

  • ICGEB- Advanced Training Fellowship on Systems Biology in Trieste Italy, 2011,

  • DAAD-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Germany Oct-2005 to March-2009,

  • DAAD-German Language Award for 6-Months in Germany 3/2005-9/2005,

  • ICGEB-Fellowship Computer Methods in Molecular Biology, Trieste Italy 2005,

  • CEMB-Research Fellowship in Pakistan 2002-2004.

  • Best Presentation Award on “Pathogen resistance: its pros and cons 2001” Department of plant pathology NWFP Agri. University, Peshawar.

Google Scholar Profile


  • Modulatory and Toxicological Perspectives on the Effects of the Small Molecule Kinetin (2021) EM Othman, M Fathy, AA Bekhit, ARH Abdel-Razik, A Jamal, Y Nazzal, ...M Naseem Molecules 26 (3), 670

  • Integrated Framework of the Immune-Defense Transcriptional Signatures in the Arabidopsis Shoot Apical Meristem. (2020) M Naseem, Ö Osmanoğlu, M Kaltdorf, AAMA Alblooshi, J Iqbal, ... Int. J. Mol. Sci. 15 (5745)

  • Integrated structural and functional analysis of the protective effects of kinetin against oxidative stress in mammalian cellular systems (2020) M Naseem, EM Othman, M Fathy, J Iqbal, FM Howari, FA AlRemeithi, ...Scientific reports 10 (1), 1-10

  • Synthetic Rewiring of Plant CO2 Sequestration Galvanizes Plant Biomass Production (2020)M Naseem, Ö Osmanoglu, T Dandekar. Trends in Biotechnology 38 (4), 354-359

  • The Cytokinin-Activating LOG-Family Proteins Are Not Lysine Decarboxylases (2018) M Naseem, E Bencurova, T Dandekar. Trends in Biochemical Sciences

  • Plant-pathogen maneuvering over apoplastic sugars (2017) M Naseem, M Kunz, T Dandekar, Trends in Plant Science

  • The Plant Hormone Cytokinin Confers Protection against Oxidative Stress in Mammalian Cells (2016)EM Othman*, M Naseem* , E Awad, T Dandekar, H Stopper PloS ONE

  • LONELY-GUY knocks every door: Crosskingdom microbial pathogenesis (2015) M Naseem, E Sarukhanyan, T Dandekar Trends in plant science 20 (12), 781-783

  • The nexus between growth and defence signalling: auxin and cytokinin modulate plant immune response pathways (2015) M Naseem, M Kaltdorf, T Dandekar Journal of experimental botany 66 (16), 4885-4896

  • Cytokinins for immunity beyond growth, galls and green islands (2014) M Naseem, M Wölfling, T Dandekar Trends in Plant Science 19 (8), 481-484

  • How many salicylic acid receptors does a plant cell need? M Kaltdorf, M Naseem (2013) Science signaling 6 (279), jc3-jc3

  • The role of auxin-cytokinin antagonism in plant-pathogen interactions (2012) M Naseem, T Dandekar PLoS Pathog 8 (11), e1003026 PLoS Pathog 8 (11), e1003026

  • Integrated systems view on networking by hormones in Arabidopsis immunity reveals multiple crosstalk for cytokinin (2012). M Naseem, N Philippi, A Hussain, G Wangorsch, N Ahmed, T Dandekar The Plant Cell 24 (5), 1793-1814