Dr. Gulzar Khan



Dr. Gulzar Khan

Dr. Gulzar Khan

Postdoc in the AG Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants


I am a molecular ecologist with background in population genetics, phylogenetics, speciation, biodiversity and
conservation. I began my career as a plant systematists & taxonomist and moved into molecular ecology, mainly
working on speciation, biodiversity and conservation utilizing tools from next generation phylogenetics, and
population genetics combined with ecological niche modelling. My research integrates knowledge of genetic
diversity into conservation strategies. Previous research projects include accessing hybridization and
introgression in some Melocactus species from eastern Brazil to see their effects on conservation by using ddRAD-
seq protocol, population genetic structure in an microendemic and threatened cactus species from eastern
Brazil, taxonomic challenges posed by a naturally fragmented system in microendemic cactus species, and
molecular phylogenetics and comparative Phylogeography of Spiroides (Rosaceae) found on the Qinghai-
Tibetan Plateau. I am committed to research about next generation biogeography, population genetics,
evolution, and Phylogenomics to contribute towards conservation issues.

  • High Priority and Microendemic species
  • Determinants of genetic diversity
  • Genetic Conservation
  • Next generation population genomics
  • Gene Flow 
  • Landscape genomics

Curriculum vitae

since 2019

  Research Associate, AG Biodiversität und Evolution der Pflanzen, The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, 26129, Germany

July 2018 - December 2018

  Research Assistant, Biosystematics and Taxonomy Lab, Department of Botany, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan

May 2015 - June 2018

  Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Laboratory of Genetics and Evolution, Department of Biology, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Campus Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2011-2015   Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Northwest Institute of plateau Biology; University of Chinese Academy
of Sciences. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Chen Shilong.
Dissertation Title: Molecular Phylogenetics and Comparative Phylogeography of the Genus Spiraea L.
(Rosaceae): Found on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.
2007-2009   Master of Philosophy. (18 years education) Plant Sciences, Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty
of Biological Sciences, Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Mir Ajab Khan.
Dissertation Title: Morphological, anatomical and Palynological study of the flora of Peshawar, KP, Pakistan.


Master of Science in Botany, Department of Botany, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

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