Arshad Mehmood Abbasi is a Assistant Professor ,COMSATS University ,Pakistan

Arshad Mehmood Abbasi

Assistant Professor

Organizing Committee Member


COMSATS University



Arshad Mehmood Abbasi (PhD-Post Doc.) is working as Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences at COMSATS University, Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus- Pakistan. Dr. Abbasi received his PhD in Ethnobotanical and Nutraceuticals aspects of plant species of Lesser Himalayas, Pakistan from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan in 2013. Dr. Abbasi research is mainly focused on: ethnobotany, nutraceuticals, medicinal and food plant resources and phytochemistry. To date Dr. Abbasi has authored 90 research articles (IF = 230) and 4 Book Chapters. Dr. Abbasi has also two international books in his credit: “Medicinal Plant Biodiversity of Lesser Himalayas-Pakistan” and Wild Edible Vegetables of Lesser Himalayas: Ethnobotanical and Nutraceutical Aspects published by Springer, USA in 2012 and 2015, respectively. So far, Dr. Abbasi has been awarded three outstanding research awards by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, Best researcher awards (2017 & 2019) by host University and foreign expert certificate by Chinese Government along with many other certificates. Dr. Abbasi is also serving as volunteer editor and reviewer of several journals of international repute including Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicines, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Journal of Herbal Medicine, Food Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Biology, European Journal of Medicinal Plants, Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine and Pakistan Journal of Botany among several others. Dr. Abbasi is also member of International Society of Ethnobiology; Society of Ethnobiology, University of North Texas, USA; American Chemical Society (ASC) and Institutional APIFP Champion: Asia Pacific Institute of Food Professionals.



  1. Vandebroek I., Pieroni A., Stepp J., Hanazaki N., Ladio A., Alves RR., Picking D., Delgoda R., Maroyi A., van Andel T., Quave C., Paniagua-Zambrana N., Bussmann R., Odonne G., Abbasi AM, Albuquerque et al. (2020).  Reshaping the future of ethnobiology research after the Covid-19 pandemic. Nature Plants. 6 | July 2020 | 723–730
  2. Alam K., A. Al Farraj D., Mah-e-Fatima S., Yameen A., Elshikh MS., Alkufeidy RM., El-Zaher A., Mustafa MA., Bhasme P., Alshammari MK., Abbasi AM*, Naqvi TA. (2020). Anti-biofilm activity of plant derived extracts against infectious pathogen-Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. Journal of Infection and Public Health. Accepted
  3. Ayaz Z., Zainab B., Khan S., Abbasi AM., Elshikh MS., Munir A., Al-Ghamdi AA., Alajmi AH., D.Alsubaie Q., El-Zaher A., Mustafa MA. (2020). In Silico authentication of amygdalin as a potent anticancer compound in the bitter kernels of family Rosaceae. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences. Accepted
  4. Arshad H., Zahid M., Shah MH., Abbasi AM*. (2020). Evaluation of Heavy Metals in Cosmetic Products and their Health Risk Assessment. Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal.
  5. Altaf M., Abbasi AM*, Umair M., Amjad MS., Irshad K., Khan AM. (2020). The use of fish and herptiles in traditional folk therapies in three districts of Chenab riverine area in Punjab, Pakistan. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicines. 16:38
  6. Aziz MA., Abbasi AM., Ullah Z., Pieroni A. (2020). Sharing traditional knowledge in Hindukush: wild plant foraging among different linguistic and religious groups in the Ishkoman and Yasin valleys, Northern Pakistan. Foods 2020, 9, 601; doi:10.3390/foods9050601
  7. Zainab  B.,  Ayaz  Z.,  S.  alwahibi  M.,  Khan  S.,  Rizwana  H.,  Soliman  DW., Alawaad A., Abbasi AM* (2020). In-silico elucidation of Moringa oleifera phytochemicals against Diabetes Mellitus. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences. 27(1): 163–172.
  8. Umair M., Sun N., Du H., Abbasi AM., Wen J., Yu W., Zhou J., Liu C. (2020). Differential stoichiometric responses of shrubs and grasses to increased precipitation in a degraded karst ecosystem in Southwestern China. Science of the Total Environment, 700(15): 134421
  9. Parveen R., Abbasi AM., Shaheen N, Shah MH. (2020). Accumulation of selected metals in the fruits of medicinal plants grown in urban environment of Islamabad, Pakistan. Arabian Journal of Chemistry. 13(1): 308-317
  10. Chen Y., Al-Ghamdi AA., Elshikh MS., Shah MH., Al-Dosary MA., Abbasi AM* (2020). Phytochemical Profiling, Antioxidant and HepG2 Cancer Cells’ Antiproliferation Potential in the Kernels of Apricot Cultivars. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences. 27(1): 163–172
  11. Jamil HMA., Ahmed A., Irshad U., Al-Ghamdi AA., Elshikh MS., Alaraidh IA., Al-Dosary MA., Abbasi AM*., Ahmad R. (2020). Identification and inoculation of fungal strains from Cedrus deodara rhizosphere involve in growth and alleviation of high nitrogen stress. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 27(1): 524-534
  12. Zainab B., Ayaz Z., Munir A., Mahmoud AH., Elsheikh MS., Mehmood A., Khan S., Rizwan M., Jahangir K., Abbasi AM* (2020). Repositioning of Strongly Integrated Drugs against Achromatopsia (CNGB3). Journal of King Saud University. 32 (2020) 1793–1811
  13. Haroon B., Hassan A, Abbasi AM., Ping A, Yang S, Irshad M. (2019). Effects of co-composted cow manure and poultry litter on the extractability and bioavailability of trace metals from contaminated soil irrigated with waste water. Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination. 10 (1): 17–29
  14. Hayat H., Tahir AA., Wajid S., Abbasi AM., Zubair F., Hashmi ZR., Khan A., Khan AJ., Irshad M. 2020. Simulation of the Meltwater under RCP Climate Change Scenarios in a Poorly Gauged Snow and Glacier-fed Chitral River Catchment (Hindukush Region). Geocarto International doi/full/10.1080/10106049.2019.1700557
  15. Farooq A., Amjad MS., Ahmad K., Altaf M., Umair M., Abbasi AM* (2019). Ethnomedicinal knowledge of the rural communities of Dhirkot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. J. Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 15:45
  16. Umair M., Sun N., Yuan J, Abbasi AM., Wen J., Jinxing W., Li C. (2019). Differential metabolic responses of shrubs and grasses to water additions in arid karst region, southwestern China. Scientific Report: 9: 9613.
  17. Tariq H., Zia M., Haq I., Muhammad SA., Khan SA., Fatima N., Mannan A., Abbasi AM*., Zhang M. (2019). Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, Cytotoxic and Protein Kinase Inhibition Potential in Aloe vera L. BioMed. Research International.
  18. Ullah S., Nazir A., Ahmad K., Abbasi AM., Tahir, A. (2019). Analysis and simulation of land cover changes and their impacts on land surface temperature in a lower Himalayan region", Journal of Environmental Management, 348-357
  19. Wang H., Chen L., Abbasi AM., Guo X., Liu RH. (2019). Comparative Study of Phenolic Profiles, Antioxidant and Antiproliferative Activities in Different Vegetative Parts of Ramie (Boehmeria nivea L.). Molecules, 24, 1551
  20. Zhang F., Liu F., Abbasi AM., Chang X., Guo X. (2019). Effect of Steaming Processing on Phenolic Profiles and Cellular Antioxidant Activities of Castanea mollissima. Molecules, 24, 703.
  21. Shan S., Huang X., Shah MH., Abbasi AM* (2019). Evaluation of Polyphenolics Content and Antioxidant Activity in Edible Wild Fruits. BioMed Research International.
  22. Umair M., Altaf M., Bussmann RW., Abbasi AM* (2019). Ethnomedicinal uses of the local flora in Chenab riverine area, Punjab province Pakistan. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 15:7
  23. Guo X., Wang L., Chang X., Li Q., Abbasi AM* (2019). Influence of plant growth regulators on key-coding genes expression associated with phytochemicals biosynthesis and antioxidant activity in soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr) sprouts. International Journal of Food Science & Technology. doi:10.1111/ijfs.13992
  24. Abbas, Z., Alam J, Khan SM, Hussain M, Abbasi AM (2019). Diversity, ecological feature and conservation of a high montane flora of the Shigar valley (Karakorum range) Baltistan region, northern Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 51(3)
  25. Haroon B., Abbasi AM., Faridullah, Anb P., Pervez A., Irshad M. Chemical Characterization of Cow Manure and Poultry Manure after Composting with Privet and Cypress Residues. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. 49(22): 2854-2866
  26. Altaf M., Umair M., Abbasi AR., Muhammad N, Abbasi AM* (2018). Ethnomedicinal applications of animal species by the local communities of Punjab, Pakistan. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 14:55
  27. Chang X., Lu Y., Lin Z., Qiu J., Guo X., Pan J., Abbasi AM*. (2018). Impact of Leaf Development Stages on Polyphenolics Profile and Antioxidant Activity in Clausena lansium (Lour.) Skeels. BioMed Research International, 1-8,
  28. Gao Y, Guo X, Liu Y, Zhang M, Zhang R, Abbasi AM, You L, Li T, Liu RH. (2018). Comparative assessment of phytochemical profile, antioxidant capacity and anti-proliferative activity in different varieties of brown rice (Oryza sativa L.). LWT, Food Science and Technology, 96: 19–25
  29. Hamad A., Arfan M., Khan SA., Fatima N., Abbasi AM*, Mannan A. (2018). Evaluation of antioxidant, antimicrobial and cytotoxic potential in Artemisia vulgaris L. Revista Română de Medicină de Laborator 26 (4): 431-444.
  30. Liu L, Chen L, Abbasi AM, Wang Z, Li D, Shen Y. (2018). Optimization of extraction of polyphenols from Sorghum Moench using response surface methodology, and determination of their antioxidant activities. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 17 (4): 619-626.
  31. Liu H, Mao J, Yan S, Yu Y, Xie L, Hu JG, Li T, Abbasi AM, Guo X., Liu RH. (2018).Evaluation of carotenoids biosynthesis, accumulation and antioxidant activities in sweet corn (Zea mays L.) during kernel development. International J. of Food Science & Technology, 53: 381-388
  32. Rehman R, Rashid S, SA, Ali A, Nazir A, Azeem M, Manan A, Abbasi AM*(2018). Cystatin Genes Identification and Antibacterial Activity in Medicinal Plants Used Against Clinical Pathogens. SYLWAN 2(162): 62-90.
  33. Abbas Z, Khan SM, Alam J, Khan SW, Abbasi AM* (2017). Medicinal plants used by inhabitants of the Shigar Valley, Baltistan region of Karakorum range-Pakistan. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 13: 53.
  34. Umair M, Altaf M, Abbasi AM* (2017). An ethnobotanical survey of indigenous medicinal plants in Hafizabad district, Punjab-Pakistan. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0177912.
  35. Altaf M., Javid A., Umair M., Iqbal KJ., Rasheed Z., Abbasi AM*. (2017). Ethnomedicinal and cultural practices of mammals and birds in the vicinity of river Chenab, Punjab-Pakistan. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 13:41
  36. Guo R., Guo X., Hu X., Abbasi AM., Zhou L., Li T., Fu X., Liu RH. (2017). Fabrication and Optimization of Self-Microemulsions to Improve the OralBioavailability of Total Flavones of Hippophae rhamnoides L. Journal of Food Science, 82(12): 2901-2910.
  37. Chen Y., Shen Y., Fu X., Abbasi AM., Yan R. (2017). Stir-frying treatments affect the phenolics profiles and cellular antioxidant activity of Adinandra nitida tea (Shiyacha) in daily tea model. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 52: 1820–1827,
  38. Wang J., Ye Y., Li Q., Abbasi AM., Guo X. (2017). Assessment of phytochemicals, enzymatic and antioxidant activities in germinated mung bean (Vigna radiata L. Wilezek). International Journal of Food Science & Technology. 52, 1276–1282
  39. Wen L., Guo R., You L., Abbasi AM., Li T., Fu X., Liu RH. (2017). Major triterpenoids in Chinese hawthorn “Crataegus pinnatifida” and their effects on cell proliferation and apoptosis induction in MDA-MB- 231 cancer cells. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 100 (2017) 149-160.
  40. Abbasi AM*., Liu F., Guo X., Fu X., Li T., Liu RH. (2017). Phytochemical composition, cellular antioxidant capacity and antiproliferative activity in mango (Mangifera indica L.) pulp and peel. International Journal of Food Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1111/ijfs.13341
  41. Abbas Z., Khan SM., Abbasi AM*., Pieroni A., Ullah Z., Iqbal M., Ahmad Z. (2016). Ethnobotany of the Balti community, Tormik valley, Karakorum range, Baltistan, Pakistan. J. Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicines, 12-38
  42. Zhou L., Lin X., Abbasi AM., Zheng B. (2016). Phytochemical Contents and Antioxidant and Antiproliferative Activities of Selected Black and White Sesame Seeds. BioMed. Research International.
  43. Wen L., Zheng G., You L., Abbasi AM., Li T., Fu X., Liu RH. (2016). Phytochemical profiles and cellular antioxidant activity of Malus doumeri (bois) chevalier on 2,2′-azobis (2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride (ABAP)- induced oxidative stress. Journal of Functional Foods, 25: 242-256.
  44. Zhu Y., Li T., Fu X., Brennan M., Abbasi AM., Zheng B., Liu RH. (2016). The use of an enzymatic extraction procedure for the enhancement of highland barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) phenolic and antioxidant compounds. Inter. J. Food Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1111/ijfs.13165
  45. Ye Y., Sun-Waterhouse D., You L., Abbasi AM. (2017). Harnessing food- based bioactive compounds to reduce the effects of ultraviolet radiation: a review exploring the link between food and human health. International Journal of Food Science & Technology DOI: 10.1111/ijfs.13344
  46. Geng S., Chen Y., Abbasi AM., Ma H., Mo H., Liu B. (2016). Tannin fraction from Ampelopsis grossedentata leaves tea (Tengcha) as an antioxidant and a-glucosidase inhibitory nutraceutical. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. doi:10.1111/ijfs.13259
  47. Chen C., Zhang B., Fu X., You L.J., Abbasi AM., Liu RH. (2016). The digestibility of mulberry fruit polysaccharides and its impact on lipolysis under simulated saliva, gastric and intestinal conditions. Food Hydrocolloids, 58: 171-178
  48. Wu S., Fu X., You L., Abbasi AM., Meng H., Liu D., Aadil RM. (2016). Antioxidant, antitumor and immunomodulatory activities of water-soluble polysaccharides in Abrus cantoniensis. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.04.005
  49. Wang H., Chen G., Guo X., Abbasi AM., Liu RH. (2016). Influence of the stage of ripeness on the phytochemical profiles, antioxidant and antiproliferative activities in different parts of Citrus reticulata Blanco cv. Chachiensis. LWT-Food Science and Technology. Doi:10.1016/j.lwt.2016.01.021
  50. Chen C., You LJ., Abbasi AM., Fu X., Liu RH., Li C. 2016. Characterization of polysaccharide fractions in mulberry fruit and assessment of their antioxidant and hypoglycemic activities in vitro. Food & Function. DOI: 10.1039/c5fo01114k



Post. Doc.:- Functional foods & Nutraceuticals in 2016 from South China University of Technology-CHINA

Ph.D.:- Ethnomedicines & Nutraceuticals in 2013 from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

M. Phil.:- Ethnobotany & Taxonomy in 2007 from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

M.Sc.:- Botany in 2003 from University of Peshawar, Peshawar

B.Ed.:- Bio/chemistry in 1999 from University of the Punjab

B.Sc.:- Zoology, Botany, Chemistry in 1996 from University of the Punjab



  • Functional foods and Nutraceuticals
  • Polyphenolics and antioxidant potential of food and medicinal plants
  • Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicines
  • Medicinal and Aromatic plant species



  • Campus Best Researcher Award (2019) by CUI, Abbottabad
  • Project through Collaboration Award (2019) by CUI, Abbottabad
  • Outstanding Research Award (2017) by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
  • Best Researcher Award (2017) by CUI, Abbottabad
  • Outstanding Research Award (2015) by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
  • Outstanding Research Award (2014) by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
  • Post Doc. fellowship (2014-2016) by South China University of Technology (China)
  • Research Productivity Award (2019) by CUI, Abbottabad
  • Research Productivity Award (2018) by CUI, Abbottabad
  • Research Productivity Award (2017) by CUI, Abbottabad
  • Research Productivity Award (2016) by CUI, Abbottabad
  • Research Productivity Award (2015) by CUI, Abbottabad
  • Research Productivity Award (2014) by CUI, Abbottabad
  • Research Productivity Award (2013 by CUI, Abbottabad