Lignin Valorization & Nanomaterials (LVN)  Lab.

Dr. Muhammad Ferhan joined Centre for Applied Molecular Biology (CAMB), University of the Punjab, Lahore in June, 2016 as an Assistant Professor under IPFP. He is a dual citizen (Canada and Pakistan) and has completed his PhD degree in Lignocellulosic Green Biotechnology (LGB) from University of Toronto in Oct/Nov, 2015. Overall, he has more than eight years research experience including Pakistan and Canada in field of Industrial Microbiology / Fermentation Biotechnology / Biological Chemistry at National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Pakistan where he worked on the improvement of microbial strains for hyper production of alcohol, organic acid and industrial enzymes as well as was involved in research projects writing and execution.Dr. Ferhan also had research experience in three Canadian universities including UWaterloo, YorkU, and RyersonU mainly in biotechnology and biochemical engineering domain. Dr. Ferhan is a green polymer biotechnologist interested in making and altering the existing technology for the development of green biochemicals and nanomaterials for targeted drug delivery. There is a strong need to set regulated targets to replace fossil-derived fuels and chemicals with woody biomass.
Dr. Ferhan has "30.498" impact factors with 14-published research and review articles. 1.16k read, and 53 citations based on calculation from

Rehman Javaid (M.Phil Student)

Biological and chemical modifications of lignin using formic acid and acetic acid producing fungal strains for characterization of lignopolyphenols and lignoaromatics, Co-supervised by Dr. Ferhan

Rehman is M.Phil student, and his research project embarks on biological as well as chemical modifications of lignin biopolymer using organic acids producing fungal strains.The fungal strains could produce formic acid (FA) and acetic acid (AA) that play havoc for lignin depolymerization. Acid hydrolysis of lignin using organic acids (FA and AA) could be a promising approach for liquefying biomass without using additional inorganic salts into the reaction mixture which could generate value-added products. The chief purpose of lignin depolymerization is to convert the complex lignin compound into small molecules for fuels and basic chemicals or oligomers for further applications. The industrial applications of depolymerized lignin into lignopolyphenols and lignoaromatics are increasing day by day due to increasing cost of biofuels. Such opportunities for valorization together with its abundance have, amongst other reasons, motivated significant research activity into the acidic valorization of lignin. In his spare time, Rehman likes reading playing badminton, table tennis and cricket.


Aqsa Sabir (M.Phil Student)

Improvement of fungal strains for hyperproduction of ligninases, Co-supervised by Dr. Ferhan

Aqsa is M.Phil student, and her project focuses on improvement of fungal strain through random mutation via UV mutagenesis, chemical mutagenesis, using a glucose analogue to isolate derepressed mutant or protoplast fusion. The fungal strain could produce ligninases for bark biorefinery. Ligninases are capable to degrade a wide variety of pollutants which resemble with lignin or its derivatives. The industrial and biotechnological application of ligninases is continually growing owing to their numerous functions and treatments in a variety of processes. Their ability to remove xenobiotic pollutants and produce polymeric products makes them a valuable tool for bioremediation purposes. In her spare time Aqsa likes reading, sketching and calligraphy.

Dr. Muhammad Ferhan, LVN Lab Incharge


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