Zakir Hossain, Ph.D.

Research Biologist

Project development and implementation

Data analysis, manuscript preparation, and publishing 

Current research and/or projects

Develop biological agents to control root rot of pulse crops

Apply transcriptomics and metabolomics approaches to elucidate the molecular mechanism of aphanomyces root rot of field pea

Survey major diseases of pulse crops in Saskatchewan

Research and/or project statements

  • Develop sustainable and environment friendly plant disease management strategy
  • Apply omics approaches (transcriptomics and metabolomics) in non-model plant (pulses) research for knowledge generation that would be useful in translational research

Professional activities / interests

  • Functional genomics
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Metabolomics

Education and awards

Ph.D. Plant Molecular Biology, Ehime University, Japan, 2003

M.Sc. Genetic and Plant Breeding, Institute of Postgraduate Studies in Agriculture, Bangladesh, 1997

International experience and/or work

I did postdoctoral research at the Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Germany from April 2006 to March 2008 with a Fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. My project was focused on to develop synthetic promoter (synthetic biology) for transcriptional regulation and in vivo localization of jasmonic acid.

Key publications

  1. Hossain, Z., Hubbard, M., Gan, Y., Bainard, L.D. (2021). Root rot alters the root-associated microbiome of field pea in commercial crop production systems. Plant and Soil, [online] 460(1-2), 593-607.

    2021 - View publication details

  2. Hubbard M and Hossain Z (2020) 2020 survey of ascochyta blight in commercial chickpea fields in Saskatchewan

    2020 - View publication details

  3. Hossain, Z., Johnson, E.N., Wang, L., Blackshaw, R.E., Cutforth, H., Gan, Y. (2019). Plant establishment, yield and yield components of Brassicaceae oilseeds as potential biofuel feedstock. Industrial Crops and Products, [online] 141

    2019 - View publication details

  4. Hossain, Z., Johnson, E.N., Wang, L., Blackshaw, R.E., Gan, Y. (2019). Comparative analysis of oil and protein content and seed yield of five Brassicaceae oilseeds on the Canadian prairie. Industrial Crops and Products, [online] 136 77-86.

    2019 - View publication details

  5. Liu, K., Johnson, E.N., Blackshaw, R.E., Hossain, Z., Gan, Y. (2019). Improving the productivity and stability of oilseed cropping systems through crop diversification. Field Crops Research, [online] 237 65-73.

    2019 - View publication details

  6. Molecular mechanism of bacterial antagonism to Aphanomyces euteiches in pea

    2018 - View publication details

  7. Isolation and characterization of bacteria antagonistic to Aphanomyces euteiches from lentil root and rhizosphere

    2018 - View publication details

  8. Isolation and characterization of bacteria antagonistic to Aphanomyces euteiches from lentil root and rhizosphere

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  9. Hossain, Z., Pillai, B.V.S., Gruber, M.Y., Yu, M., Amyot, L., Hannoufa, A. (2018). Transcriptome profiling of Brassica napus stem sections in relation to differences in lignin content. BMC Genomics, [online] 19(1),

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  10. Hossain, Z., Wang, X., Hamel, C., Diane Knight, J., Morrison, M.J., Gan, Y. (2016). Biological nitrogen fixation by pulse crops on semiarid Canadian prairies. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 97(1), 119-131.

    2016 - View publication details

  11. Hossain, Z., McGarvey, B., Amyot, L., Gruber, M., Jung, J., Hannoufa, A. (2012). DIMINUTO 1 affects the lignin profile and secondary cell wall formation in Arabidopsis. Planta, [online] 235(3), 485-498.

    2012 - View publication details

  12. Hossain, Z., Amyot, L., McGarvey, B., Gruber, M., Jung, J., Hannoufa, A. (2012). The translation elongation factor eEF-1Bβ1 is involved in cell wall biosynthesis and plant development in arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE, [online] 7(1),

    2012 - View publication details