Hammad Khan



Hammad Khan obtained his PhD in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology from The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2016. His research explored ‘Mechanisms of salt tolerance in chickpea’ while working at UWA and Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG), Adelaide. His PhD project was funded by Endeavour Postgraduate Award and was part of AISRF Grand Challenge Project ‘Genomic Approaches for Stress Tolerant Chickpea’.

Hammad Khan is currently working on an International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) project funded by GRDC and includes collaboration with CSIRO, CIMMYT (Mexico) and project partners from UK. The project aims to characterize and exploit the genetic variation for photosynthesis to improve wheat yield. Hammad’s research primarily focuses on phenotyping the photosynthetic variation in wheat using a combination of physiological and phenomics approaches i.e. gas-exchange, leaf spectral reflectance, etc.


Research interests

Hammad’s areas of research and interests include studying plants and their interaction with changing environment, using different physiological and molecular biology approaches. His current research focuses on improving the wheat yield by exploiting the variation for photosynthesis in wheat.


Selected publications:

Khan HA, Siddique KHM, Colmer TD. 2017. Vegetative and reproductive growth of salt-stressed chickpea are carbon-limited: sucrose infusion at the reproductive stage improves salt tolerance. Journal of Experimental Botany, 68(8): 2001-2011.

Khan HA, Siddique KHM, Colmer TD. 2016. Salt sensitivity in chickpea is determined by sodium toxicity. Planta, 244 (3): 623-637.

Kotula L, Khan HA, Quealy J, Turner NC, Vadez V, Siddique KHM, Clode PL, Colmer TD. 2015. Salt sensitivity in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.): ions in reproductive tissues and yield components in contrasting genotypes. Plant Cell & Environment, 38 (8): 1565-1577.

Khan HA, Siddique KHM, Munir R, Colmer TD. 2015. Salt sensitivity in chickpea: growth, photosynthesis, seed yield components and tissue ion regulation in contrasting genotypes. Journal of Plant Physiology, 182: 1-12.

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