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Department of Plant Pathology Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory

Tanaka Lab – Personnel


Hira Kamal

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Contact Information

WSU Plant Pathology
PO BOX 646430
Pullman, WA, 99163-6430
Office – Plant Sciences Building 255
Lab – Plant Sciences Building 215 & 235
Phone: (509) 335-5813 | Fax: (509) 335-9581

hira.kamal [at]

  • 2020 Ph.D. (Biotechnology), Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS), National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) campus, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • 2013 MS (Biotechnology), PIEAS at NIBGE campus, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • 2010 B.S. (Bioinformatics), Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF), Pakistan
  • 2005 F.Sc (Pre-Medical), Shiblee College for Women Madina town, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • 2003 Matriculation (Science), Dar-e-Arqam School, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Professional Experience
  • 2020-Present Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2018-19 Visiting Scholar in Department of Plant pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Academic Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • 2017 Scholarship award of “International Research Support Initiative Program” PIN: IRSIP 33 BMS 63
  • 2014-17 Scholarship award for MS leading to Ph. D studies under the project “Indigenous Ph. D Fellowship for 5,000 scholars” Phase_II, Batch_II, 2013
Current Research Focus
  • Investigation of antagonistic relationship between potato mop-top virus (PMTV), the soilborne powdery scab pathogen, and the host potato plants
  • Systems view of pathogenesis and host defense response at specific infection stages of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
Profile links

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  1. Kamal H, Lynch-Holm V, Pappu HR, Tanaka K (2024) Starch plays a key role in sporosorus formation by the powdery scab pathogen Spongospora subterranea. Phytopathology 114: 568-579
  2. Ali M, Shaukat F, Khan W, Syed A, Maqsood J, Kamal H, Ercisli S, Balijagic J, Ullah R, Bari A, Anwar Z, Ijaz A, Kashif M, Khalid MN, Mustafa HSB, Zafar MM (2023) Microsatellite-Based Diversity Analysis and the Development of Core-Set Germplasm in Pakistani Barley Lines: Microsatellite-Based Diversity in Pakistani Barley Lines. Cell. Mol. Biol. 69: 100-108
  3. Gnanasekaran P, Zhai Y, Kamal H, Smertenko A, Pappu HR (2023) A plant virus protein, NIa-pro, interacts with Indole-3-acetic acid-amido synthetase, whose levels positively correlate with disease severity. Front. Plant Sci. 14: 1112821
  4. Mustafa R, Hamza M, Rehman AU, Kamal H, Tahir MN, Mansoor S, Scheffler BE, Briddon RW, Amin I (2022) Asymptomatic populus alba: a tree serving as a reservoir of begomoviruses and associated satellites. Australasian Plant Pathol. 51: 577–586
  5. Mustafa R, Iqbal MJ, Hamza M, Rehman AU, Buzdar I, Kamal H, Mansoor S, Amin I (2021) Functional identification of G. hirsutum genes for their role in normal plant development and resistance against Verticillium dahliae using virus-induced gene silencing. Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 161:  917–931
  6. Amin I, Ahmed N, Kamal H, Mansoor S (2021) Chapter 7 – Geminiviruses and their interaction with host proteins. In RK Gaur, SMP Khurana, P Sharma, T Hohn, eds, Plant Virus-Host Interaction (Second Edition). Academic Press, Boston, pp 191–229. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-821629-3.00024-5
  7. Kamal H, Minhas FAA, Tripathi D, Hamza M, Mustafa R, Khan MZ, Farooq M, Mansoor S, Pappu HR and Amin I (2019) In Silico prediction and validations of domains involved in Gossypium hirsutum SnRK1 protein interaction with Cotton leaf curl Multan betasatellite encoded βC1. Front. Plant Sci. 10: 656. doi:10.3389/fpls.2019.00656
  8. Kamal H, Minhas FAA, Abbasi WA, Tripathi D, Hamza M, Mustafa R, Khan MZ, Farooq M, Mansoor S, Pappu HR and Amin I (2019) βC1, pathogenicity determinant encoded by Cotton leaf curl Multan betasatellite, interacts with calmodulin-like protein 11 (Gh-CML11) in Gossypium hirsutum. PLoS One 14: e0225876. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0225876
  9. Mustafa R, Hamza M, Tahir MN, Kamal H, Khan MZ, Rehman A, Scheffler EB, Shahid MS, Briddon RW and Amin I (2019) Multiple alphasatellites associated with Papaya leaf curl virus and Croton yellow mosaic betasatellite in Croton bonplandianus: first identification of Ageratum yellow vein Singapore alphasatellite in Pakistan. Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 155: 1353-61. doi:10.1007/s10658-019-01833-9
  10. Hamza M, Tahir MN, Mustafa R, Kamal H, Khan MZ, Mansoor S, Briddon RW and Amin I (2018) Identification of a dicot infecting mastrevirus along with alpha-and betasatellite associated with leaf curl disease of spinach (Spinacia oleracea) in Pakistan. Virus Res, 256: 174-182. doi:10.1016/j.virusres.2018.08.017
  11. Mustafa R, Muhammad H, Kamal H, Mansoor S, Scheffler J, and Amin I (2017) Tobacco Rattle Virus-based Silencing of Enoyl-CoA Reductase Gene and its role in Resistance Against Cotton Wilt Disease. Mol Biotechnol. 59: 241-50. doi:10.1007/s12033-017-0014-y
  12. Ashraf W, Kamal H, Mobeen A, Waheed U, Unger H, and Khan MQ (2017) Loop-Mediated isothermal amplification assay for rapid and sensitive detection of Peste Des Petits Ruminants Virus in field conditions. J. Anim. Plant Sci. 27: 119-27. ISSN: 1018-7081
  13. Ashraf W, Khan QM, Mobeen A, Kamal H, Farooq M, Jalees MM, Diallo A, Unger H (2015). Molecular detection and genotyping characterization of PPRV in various areas of Pakistan, 2007 to 2012. FAO, Animal Health-Empress 360: 14-6.
  14. Mirza AS, Sajid A, Ajaz S, Iftikhar N, Kamal H (2010) Central Dogma Analysis Kit. Can. J. Biomed. Eng. Tech. 1: 1-21