Zahir Ali

Research Scientists

Research Scientist​


Selected Publications

  • Zahir Ali  et al. (2020). Fusion of the Cas9 endonuclease and the VirD2 relaxase facilitates homology-directed repair for precise genome engineering in rice (Accepted, Communication Biology)
  • Rashid Aman, Zahir Ali, Haroon Butt, et al (2018). RNA virus interference via CRISPR/Cas13a system in plants” Genome Biol. 19: 1.
  • Zahir Ali et al (2016). CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Immunity to Geminiviruses: Differential Interference and Evasion. Scientific Reports; 6:26912. DOI:10.1038/srep26912
  • Zahir Ali et al. (2015). CRISPR/Cas9-mediated viral interference in plants. Genome biology 16(1). DOI:10.1186/s13059-015-0799-6
  • Zahir Ali et al. (2015). Efficient Virus-Mediated Genome Editing in Plants using the CRISPR/Cas9 System. Molecular Plant 8(8). DOI:10.1016/j.molp.2015.02.011


  • 2012  PhD.,  Gyeongsang National University, South Korea,MPhil. 2004,Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 2001  MSc., Islamia College, University of Peshawar,Pakistan
  • 1999  BSc., University of Peshawar, Pakistan

Professional Profile

  • 2018 – present Research Scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013 – 2018    Postdoctoral fellow ,KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011 – 2012     Visiting Research Scientist, KAU, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
  • 2003 – 2007    Lecturer, Department of Biotechnology, University of Malakand, Pakistan

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Botanical Society of Pakistan


  • Brain Korea 21 (BK21) PhD Fellowship

Research Interests Keywords

Plant Genome Engineering CRISPR/Cas system