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Selected Publications

  • Mahas, Ahmed*, Rashid Aman*, and Magdy Mahfouz. "CRISPR-Cas13d mediates robust RNA virus interference in plants." Genome Biology 20.1 (2019): 1-16. (*Equal contribution
  • Rashid Aman, Ahmed Mahas, Haroon Butt, Zahir Ali, Fatimah Aljedaani and Magdy Mahfouz (2018). Engineering RNA virus interference via the CRISPR/Cas13 machinery in Arabidopsis. Viruses.2018 Dec 19; 10:732. doi: 10.3390/v10120732.
  • Hee Jin Park*, Rashid Aman*,Francisco Gamez-Arjona*, Irene Villalta, Raul Carranco, Marika Lindahl, Damaso Hornero-Mendez, Elena García, Ray A. Bressan, Sang Yeol Lee, Clara Sánchez-Rodriguez, Jose M Pardo, Woe-Yeon Kim, Francisco J. Quintero, and Dae-Jin Yun (2019). A Calcium/Palmitoylation Switch Interfaces the Signaling Networks of Stress Response and Transition to Flowering (*Equal contribution- Under 2ndrevision in Nature Communication)
  • Rashid Aman, Zahir Ali, Haroon Butt, Ahmed Mahas, Fatimah Aljedaani, Muhammad Zuhaib Khan, Shouwei Ding and Magdy Mahfouz (2018). RNA virus interference via CRISPR/Cas13a system in plants. Genome Biology. 2018 Jan 4; 19(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s13059-017-1381-1.
  • Akhtar Ali, Natalia Raddatz, Rashid Aman, Songmi Kim, Hyeong Cheol Park, Dongwon Baek, Masood Jan, Dong-Ha Oh, Irfan Ullah Khan, Sang Yeol Lee, Ray A.Bressan, Keun Woo Lee, Jose M. Pardo, Albino Maggio, Hans J. Bohnert, Dae-Jin Yun (2016). A keystone Mutation in Plant Sodium Transporter HKT1 Enabling the Evolution of Salt Tolerance. Plant Physiology.2016 Jul; 171(3):2112-26. doi: 10.1104/pp.16.00569.)
  • Qiguang Xiea, Ping Loua, Victor Hermand, Rashid Aman, Hee Jin Park, Dae-Jin Yun, Woe Yeon Kim, Matti Juhani Salmela, Brent E. Ewers, Cynthia Weinig, Sarah L. Khan, D. Loring P. Schaible, and C. Robertson McClung (2015) Allelic polymorphism of GIGANTEA is responsible for naturally occurring variation in circadian period in Brassica rapa. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112:3829–3834. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421803112
  • Zahir Ali, Akhtar Ali, Hyeong Cheol Park, Dong ha Oh, Rashid Aman, Hans J. Bohnert, Woe Yeon Kim, Dae-Jin Yun (2012) TsHKT1;2, a HKT1 homolog from the extremophile Arabidopsisrelative Thellungiella salsuginea, shows K+-specificity in the presence of NaCl. Plant physiology; 158(3):1463-74.

Research Interests Keywords

Genome engineering CRSIPRS/Cas systems Synthetic nucleases


  • 2009 - 2015: Ph. D. Environmental Biotechnology: Gyeongsang National University, South Korea
  • 2007- 2009: M.S. of Biotechnology: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • 2002-2006: B.Sc. (Hons)Biotechnology: University of Peshawar, Pakistan

Professional Profile

  • July 2017- present: Postdoctoral: Genome Engineering Laboratory, Center for Desert Agriculture, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (22/07/2017- present)
  • May 2016 – April 2017: Visiting Scientist: Genome Engineering Laboratory, Center for Desert Agriculture, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • September 2015 – April 2016: Postdoctoral: Cell Signaling Lab, Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Research Center, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea


  • World Class University program, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea, 2009-2011
  • Brain Korea Scholarship (BK-21), Gyeongsang National University, South Korea, 2012-2014