Thursday, June 13, 2024

Dr. Kalsoom Akhtar,

Deputy Chief Scientist

Work Phone: +92 41 9201316-20 Ext 3254
Fax Phone: +92 41 9201472
Cell/Direct Phone: +92 3236694481
Dr. Kalsoom Akhtar


  • PhD (Chemistry)                    University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan (2008)
  • M.Sc (Chemistry)                   Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad (1989)
  • B.Sc. (Chem., Bot., Zool.)      University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan (1986)


Research Interests

  • Microbiological bioaccumulation of heavy metals/radionuclides for development of bioseparation and bioremediation processes for industrial effluents.
  • Bioleaching of precious/heavy metals from low grade ores.
  • Biosolubilization and bioliquefaction of fossil fuels, especially coal.


Selected Publications

  • Zafar H., Nadeem R., Gill R., Saeed R., Iqbal T. and Akhtar K. 2014. Exclusion of Zn (II) from aqueous solution using corncob (Zea mays stalk) after chemical modifications with inorganic acids and bases. Desalination and Water Treatment 52, 5605–5610
  • Khaliq S., Ghauri M. A. and Akhtar K. 2014. Characterization of mutations in regulatory genes of Tyl cluster leading to over expression of tylosin in mutant γ-1 of Streptomyces fradiae NRRL-2702. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol.  98, 785-793.
  • Aftab K., Akhtar K. and Jabbar A. 2014. Batch  and  column  study  for  Pb-II  remediation  from  industrial  ef?uents using  glutaraldehyde–alginate–fungi biocomposites. Ecological Engineering, 73, 319-325
  • Aftab K., Akhtar K. and Anjum F. 2015. Removal and recovery of lead (Pb+2) from industrial effluent using indigenous and tailor made Aureobasidiumsp. RBSS-303. Water Science and Technology,71:1 139-48
  • Haider R., Ghauri M. A. and Akhtar K. 2015. Isolation of coal degrading fungus from drilled core coal sample and effect of prior fungal pretreatment on chemical attributes of extracted humic acid.Geomicrobiology Journal, 32:944-953
  • Ghani M. J., Rajoka M. I., and Akhtar K. (2015). Investigations in fungal solubilization of coal: Mechanisms and significance. Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering 20: 634-642
  • Iram, A., Akhtar, K., Ghauri, M. A., (2017).  Coal  methanogenesis:  A     review  on the  need of  complex  microbial  consortia  and culture conditions  for  the  effective  bioconversion of  coal  into methane. Annals of Microbiology 67:275-286
  • KiranAftab, KalsoomAkhtar, Razia Noreen, FaizaNazir and UmmeKalsoom (2017). Comparative efcacy of locally isolated fungal strains for Pb(II) removal and recovery from water. Chemistry Central Journal 11:133
  • Ø Muhammad Moman Khan, Ejazul Islam, SamraIrem, KalsoomAkhtar, Muhammad Yasin Ashraf, JavedIqbal, Dan Liu. (2018). Pb-induced Phytotoxicity in Para Grass (Brachiariamutica) and Castorbean (Ricinuscommunis L.): Antioxidant and Ultrastructural Studies. Chemosphere. 200:257-265
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