Hafiz Umar Farooq

PhD Students

PhD student


Bldg. 2, level 3, 3254-WS28

Research Interests

Hafiz is very passionate about research in plant science and is mainly interested in plants' biotic and abiotic stresses, as well as crop improvement against these stresses by employing genomics-assisted breeding and molecular tools. In addition, he is fascinated by transcriptomics, plant-microbe interactions, plant physiology and bioinformatics.


  • MSc Erasmus Mundus in Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Science and Ege University, Turkey, 2019-2021
  • MSc (Hons) in Agriculture (Plant Pathology), University of the Punjab, Pakistan, 2017-2019
  • BSc (Hons) in Agriculture (Plant Pathology), University of the Punjab, Pakistan, 2011-2015

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Erasmus Mundus Association


  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarship winner (Erasmus Mundus Master's Program in Plant Breeding (emPlant), 2019-2021, selected as top 14/224 for full scholarship)
  • 1st position in poster competition at the 4th International symposium on advances in molecular biology of plants and health sciences, Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, December 2021

Research Interests Keywords

plant-microbe interactions transcriptomics plant genetics plant phenotyping abiotic stress bioinformatics