Dr. Arshad Mehmood Abbasi

Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, CUI Abbottabad Campus

Email: amabbasi@cuiatd.edu.pk
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Dr. Arshad Mehmood Abbasi is Associate Professor at Department of Environmental Sciences, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus-Pakistan since 2013. Dr. Abbasi received his PhD in Plant Sciences (Botany) with specialization in Ethnobotany and Nutraceuticals from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad-Pakistan in 2013. He was awarded with Post Doctorate fellowship by Chinese Government in the field of Functional Foods and Nurtraceuticlas from 2014-2016. Dr. Abbasi has more than 20 years of academic and research experience in diversity, utilization and functional properties of food, medicinal and aromatic plant resources in the Himalayan region of Pakistan.

Dr. Abbasi research is mainly focused on ethnomedicinal uses, phytochemical composition (polyphenolics), and assessment of antioxidant potential in medicinal, aromatic and food plants, along with health risk assessment. So far, Dr. Abbasi has authored ˃150 SCI research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals including ˃100 articles in Q1 journals. As a first/corresponding author Dr. Abbasi has published 60 SCI articles, and his h-index is 46, along with ˃6800 citations and 650 impact factor. He has three international books in his credit on 1. Medicinal Plant Biodiversity of Lesser Himalayas-Pakistan, 2. Wild Edible Vegetables of Lesser Himalayas: Ethnobotanical and Nutraceutical Aspects and 3. Ethnobotany of Mountain Communities in Asia, published by Springer, USA in 2012, 2015 and 2021, respectively. In addition, he has also authored ˃ 55 book chapters.

Dr. Abbasi has been listed two time among the top 2% most influential scientists of the world by Sandford University/Elsevier in 2022 and 2023. He received three times Outstanding Research Awards by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, two times Best Researcher Awards and five times Research Productivity Awards by COMSATS University; along with Foreign Expert Certificate by Chinese Government, and many other national and international honors and certificates. Dr. Abbasi has won different national and international research grants. He has recently awarded/completed two technology development projects with Chinese industries focusing on phytochemical composition and bioactive potential of medicinal and aromatic plants in Pakistani Himalayas and their application in herbal skin care products and natural flavours/fragrance. In addition, he has also completed research projects on: Phytochemical profiling, antioxidant, and anticancer properties of Mango cultivars in Guangdong Province China. Furthermore, Dr. Abbasi has completed three national level research projects focused on phytochemical screening, and antioxidant potential in wild food, fruits and medicinal plants, and also involved as senior scientist on other local research projects.    

Dr. Abbasi has established many national and international collaborations with renewed international scientists from USA, China, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Abbasi is also serving as senior editor in Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicines; Associate editor in Journal of Ethnobotany Research and Application, Guest editor of Foods journal and as a member of editorial board and reviewer in more than 10 journals published by Elsevier, Willy, Springer nature, Taylor & Francis and Royal Society of Chemistry etc. 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.

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