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Department of Plant Pathology Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory

Tanaka Lab – Personnel


Hira Kamal

Postdoctoral Research Associate

(double affiliation to Pappu lab and Tanaka lab)
Contact Information

WSU Plant Pathology
PO BOX 646430
Pullman, WA, 99163-6430
Office – Plant Sciences Building 255
Lab – Plant Sciences Building 215 and Vogel Plant Biosciences Building 123
Phone: (509) 335-5813 | Fax: (509) 335-9581

hira.kamal [at]

  • 2019 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 (at Pappu lab and Tanaka lab)
  • 2018-19 Visiting Scholar in Department of Plant pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (at Pappu lab)
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
Profile links

ORCiD | Loop | ResearchGate

  1. Kamal H, Minhas FAA, Haider S, Mansoor S, Pappu HR and Amin I (2021) Interaction of Gossypium hirsutum Calmodulin-like protein (CML 11) with Cotton leaf curl Multan virus and Cotton leaf curl Kokhran virus encoded transcriptional activation proteins and its role in infection. (in preparation)
  2. Kamal H, Minhas FAA, Mansoor S, Pappu HR and Amin I (2021) Plant-Geminivirus Interactions- Advances and new Perspectives. (under review)
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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