Md Khan


  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr. Khan completed his Ph.D. at the Aligarh Muslim University, India, and worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, and as a post-doctoral Research Associate at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research, India.

Dr. Khan has been progressively working to delineate the consistent climatic perturbations, which have considerably increased global environmental concerns by hampering agronomic outputs. In his studies, he has essentially targeted the staple crops including wheat and rice to reduce their environmental stress-susceptibility under the expected climatic pressures in the future. He believes that plant stress physiology is a dynamic and exploratory discipline of science for the fulfillment of sustainable development goals (SDGs), and as a keen researcher and plant biologist, he has explored the putative targets of environmental stress-induced inhibitory responses with scrutinized methodologies and experimental designs. To date, he has optimized the oxidative stress markers, evaluated the stress-responsive behavior of plant stress hormones, and elucidated its influence on photosynthetic potential, source-sink capacity, growth traits, and defensive molecules under environmental stresses. Understanding these underlying phenomena and plant immune systems will unchain the emerging opportunities to optimize plant stress-responsive behavior for promoting agronomic traits.

  • To disseminate the potential impacts of plant growth regulators under environmental stressors in staple crops.
  • To promote multi-omics strategies in plant systems for agronomic productivity under limiting environmental conditions.

Dr. Khan believes that education is fundamentally important for nurturing the student’s potential, mounting an equitable society, and promoting national development. His perspective evokes a teacher’s ability to provide high-quality educational opportunities and upgrade within the period to make a substantial contribution to the future of the world. He also has contributed substantially to revamping the aspects of the education structure to create a new system aligned with the inspirational goals, including SDGs, while, building modern but valuable education systems. Being a teacher, he believes that this will help in recruiting potential and bright teaching professionals at all levels, by ensuring livelihood, respect, dignity, and autonomy, along with instilling and assessing the education system with the basic methods of quality control and accountability.

As a mentor, he is proving career-related counseling to clarify the queries and uncertainty faced by the students during the recruitment process and/or switching the unproductive path. In addition, he is also helping the mentees to understand the nuances of the research as well as in the competing corporate societies through internships, mentoring sessions, and seminars, which give much-needed attention and exposure to students and to interact with people from different research disciplines. He also encouraged students to be a part of the revolutionized environmentalists by organizing various ‘Plant Drive Programs’ and ‘National and/ or International conferences or symposiums’. He has been invited to acknowledge and guide the young minds of the reputed research and/ or academic institutions through the medium of plenary and invited talks to highlight and address the concerns related to climate change, global food and nutritional security, crop adaptation, and yield production.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Crop physiology
  • Environmental stresses
  • Nutrient and food security
  • Plant growth regulators
  • Sustainable Development


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