Dr. Fiaz Rasul

Fiaz Rasul

Position: Crop Scientist, BioAtlantis Ltd

Dr. Fiaz Rasul is working as Crop Scientist at BioAtlantis Ltd., Ireland. He earned his Master of Philosophy degree in Biotechnology from National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Pakistan. As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher under the European Industrial Doctorate Program, he did his PhD in Molecular Biology at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam. His PhD research was centred on understanding the mechanisms of biostimulant-based molecular priming to induce protection against drought (and other abiotic stresses). Thereafter, Dr. Rasul continued his research in the same field, mainly focused on inducing defence-related physiological and cellular incitement state in plants in a more robust and precise way by utilizing seaweed-derived natural priming substances, i.e., biostimulants, and to unravel the molecular basis of defence priming in crops. As a part of RESIST, he is seconded to Department of Molecular Stress Physiology, CPSBB, in Plovdiv, to conduct studies on experimental validation of specific biostimulant products. These products will be checked for their efficacy to mitigate stress and enhance yield, without compromising on quality. Apart from this, he is engaged in functional analysis of genes in desiccation tolerant plant species