Akhtar Ali, PhD

Akhtar Ali, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological Science
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Biological Science
918-631-2018 Website Oliphant Hall Room N106


PhD – University of Adelaide, Australia MSc – KP University of Peshawar BSc – KP University of Peshawar


Akhtar Ali's areas of research are the etiology, molecular characterization, and evolution of viruses.

Research Interests

Etiology, Epidemiology, and Evolution of Viruses
Quasispecies Variation and Genetic Bottlenecks in Virus Infection
Molecular and Biological Characterization of Viruses
Studies of Interactions between Viruses and Vectors
Determining the Causes of Virus-like Diseases

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Virology
Biology of Cancer
Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Plants and Society
Advanced Molecular Biology
Evolutionary Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology


Journal Articles

  • Mukta, D., A. Ali, and U. Melcher. 2015. Detection, discrimination and discovery of a new Tobacco streak virus strain. Journal of Virological Methods 22:15-21.

  • I. Ali, A. Ali,* A. and O. A. Abdalla. 2015. First report of Pepper mild mottle virus in peppers in Oklahoma. Plant Disease 99:736.

  • A. Ali* and I. Ali. 2015. The Complete genome phylogeny of geographically distinct Dengue virus serotype 2 isolates (1944-2013) supports further groupings in cosmopolitan genotype. Plos One September 28, 2015. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0138900

  • Abdalla, A. O. and A. Ali*. 2013. First report of a novel Potyvirus from Florida causing chlorotic mottling in squash (Cucurbita pepo). Plant Disease 97:1259.

  • Ali,* A. and O. A. Abdalla. 2013. First report of Soybean vein necrosis virus in soybean fields of Oklahoma. Plant Disease 97:1664.

  • Ali,* A., O. Mohammad. and A. Khattab. 2012. Distribution of viruses infecting cucurbit crops and isolation of potential new virus-like sequences from weeds in Oklahoma. Plant Disease 96:243–248.

  • Abdalla, O. A., B. D. Bruton, W. W. Fish, and A. Ali*. 2012. First confirmed report of Tobacco ringspot virus in cucurbits in Oklahoma. Plant Disease 96:1705.

  • Abdalla, O. A., and A. Ali*. 2012. First report of Alfalfa mosaic virus associated with severe mosaic and mottling of pepper (Capsicum annum) and white clover (Trifolium repens) in Oklahoma. Plant Disease 96:1705.

  • Abdalla, O. A., and A. Ali.* 2012. Genetic diversity in the 3′-terminal regions of Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV-W) isolated from watermelon in Oklahoma. Arch. Virology 157:405–412.

  • Min, B. E, T. S. Feldman, A. Ali, W. G. Wiley, V. Muthukumar, B. A. Roe, M. J. Roossinck, U. Melcher, M. W. Palmer, and R. S. Nelson. 2012. Molecular characterization, ecology and epidemiology of a novel tymovirus in Asclepias viridis from Oklahoma. Phytopathology 102:166–176.

  • Ali,* A., O. A. Abdalla., B. D. Bruton., W. W. Fish., E. Sikora, S. Zhang, and M. Taylor. 2012. Occurrence of viruses infecting watermelon, other cucurbits and weeds in the parts of southern United States. Plant Health Progress (doi:10.1094/PHP-2012-0824-01-RS)

  • Ali,* A., M. Shafiekhani and J. Olsen 2011. Molecular characterization of the complete genomes of two new field isolates of Cowpea chlorotic mottle virus, and their phylogenetic analysis. Virus Genes 43:120–129.

  • Ali, A. and M. J. Roossinck. 2010. Genetic bottlenecks during systemic movement of Cucumber mosaic virus vary in different host plants. Virology 404:279–283.

  • Vijay, M., U. Melcher, M. Pierce, G. B. Wiley, M. W. Palmer, V. Thapa, A. Ali, and T. Ding. 2009. Non-cultivated plants of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve of northeastern Oklahoma frequently contain
    virus-like sequences in particulate fractions. Virus Research 141:169–173.

  • Ali,* A. and M. J. Roossinck. 2008. A simple technique for separation of Cowpea chlorotic mottle virus from Cucumber mosaic virus in natural mixed infections. J. Virol. Methods 153:163–167.

  • Melcher, U, V. Muthukumar, G. B. Wiley, B. Eun Min, M. W. Palmer, J.Verchot-Lubicz, A. Ali, R.S. Nelson, B.A. Roe, V. Thapa, and M. L. Pierce. 2008. Evidence for novel viruses by analysis of nucleic acids in virus-like particle fractions from Ambrosia psilostachya. J. Virol. Methods 152:49–55.

  • Ali,* A., A. Reddall, J. Roberts, L. J. Wilson, and M. A. Rezaian. 2007. Cytopathology, mode of aphid transmission and search for the casual agent of Cotton bunchy top disease. J. Phytopathology 155:220–227.

  • Ali,* A. and M. J. Roossinck. 2007. Rapid and efficient purification of Cowpea chlorotic mottle virus by sucrose cushion ultracentrifugation. J. Virol. Methods 141:84–86.

  • Ali, A., H. Li, W. L. Schneider, D. J. Sherman, S. Gray, D. Smith, and M. J. Roossinck. 2006. Analysis of genetic bottlenecks during horizontal transmission of Cucumber mosaic virus. J. Virology 80:8345–8350.

  • Reddall, A., A. Ali., J. A. Able, J. Stonor, L., Tesoriero, P. R. Wright, M. A. Rezaian and L. J. Wilson. 2004. Cotton bunchy top (CBT): an aphid and graft transmitted cotton syndrome. Australian Plant Pathol, 33:197–202

  • Ali,*A., S. Hassan, and A. Asad. 2002. Incidence of six viruses in spring, summer and autumn potato crop of NWFP of Pakistan. Australian Plant Pathol, 31:143–146.

  • Ali, A. and S. Hassan. 2002. Viruses infecting winter grown tomato crops in NWFP of Pakistan. Australian J. Agric. Res, 53:333–338.

  • Ali,* A., S. Kanematsu., H. Terauchi., K. Honda. and K. Ishiguro. 2001. Genetic diversity in the coat protein genes of Soybean dwarf virus isolates collected in Japan. Phytopathology 91(6):(Supplement) S2.

  • Ali, A. and J. W. Randles. 2001. Genomic heterogeneity in Pea seed borne mosaic virus isolates from Pakistan, the centre of diversity of the host species Pisum sativum Arc. Virology, 146:1855–1870.

  • Hassan, S, A. Asad and A. Ali. 2000. Occurrence and distribution of Potato leaf roll virus and Potato virus Y in major potato growing areas of NWFP. Pak. J. Phytopathology, 12:145–151.

  • Ali, *A., J. W. Randles and R. A. J. Hodgson. 1998. Sensitive detection of Pea seed-borne mosaic potyvirus by dot blot and tissue print hybridization assays. Australian J. Agric. Res 49:191–198.

  • Ali,* A. and J. W. Randles. 1998. The effects of two pathotypes of Pea seed-borne mosaic potyvirus on the morphology and yield of pea. Australian Plant Pathol, 27:226–223.

  • Ali,* A. and J. W. Randles. 1997. Early season survey for pea viruses in Pakistan and the detection of two new pathotypes of Pea seed-borne mosaic potyvirus. Plant Disease 81:343–347.

  • Haque, G., M. Arif, S. Hassan, A. Ali, and M. Khan. 1993. Assessments of yield losses in soybean due to Soybean mosaic virus. Sarhad J. Agric 9(3):227–229.

  • Haque, G., S. Hassan, A. Ali, and M. Arif. 1993. Control of Soybean mosaic virus through thermotherapy. Sarhad J. Agric 9(2):177–180.

  • Ali, *A. and S. Hassan. 1993. Ecology and epidemiology of Soybean mosaic virus in North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Pak. J. Phytopathology, 5:21–28.

  • Khattak, I., S. Hussain, A. Ali, and S. J. A. Shah. 1993. Efficacy of various methods employed for the study of seedborne mycoflora of soybean. Sarhad J. Agric 9(1):45–48.

  • Ali, G.S., A. Ali, M. Shafiq, and S. Hassan. 1993. Evaluation of indirect and two-step ELISA for the detection of Beet curly top, Beet western yellows and Cucumber mosaic virus in sugar beet. Sarhad J. Agric, 9:224–227.

  • Gul, A., A. Ali, and A. Khan. 1993. Evaluation of potato varieties for resistance against golden cyst nematode (Globodera rostochiensis W.). J. Science & Technology 17:25–30.

  • Gul, A., A. Ali, and M. Karimullah. 1993. Reaction of different tobacco varieties against root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne javanica). Pak. J. Phytopathology 5:35–40.

  • Ali,* A., and S. Hassan. 1992. Biological characterization of Soybean mosaic virus. Sarhad J. Agric, 8(5):555–561.

  • Khattak, I., S. Hussain, A. Ali, and S. J. A. Shah. 1992. Effect of different incubation temperatures on the growth of seedborne mycoflora of soybean. J. Science & Technology, University of Peshawar 16:13–16.

  • Shah, S.J.A., S. Hussain., A. Ali, and I. Khattak. 1992. Effect of different seed dressing fungicides on germination and yield components of soybean. Sarhad J. Agric 8(6):679–682.

  • Shah, S.J.A., S. Hussain, A. Ali, and I. Khattak. 1992. Efficacy of different seed dressing fungicides on recovery of seedborne mycoflora of soybean. Sarhad J. Agric 8(6):683–687.

Book Chapters

  • Melcher, U and A. Ali. 2018. Virus-virus interaction in plants. In “Plant Viruses: Diversity, Host Interaction and Management” (eds R. K. Gaur, S.M.P. Khurana and Y. L. Dorokhov). CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). Chapter 15, pp 249-266.

  • Ali, A. and M. J. Roossinck. 2008. Genetic Bottlenecks. In “Plant Virus Evolution” (eds M.J. Roossinck). Springer, pp. 123–131.

  • Roossinck, M. J. and A. Ali. 2007. Mechanisms of plant virus evolution and identification of genetic bottlenecks: impact on disease management. In “Biotechnology and Plant Disease Management”, (eds Z.K. Punja, S. DeBoer and H. Sanfacon). CAB International, pp. 109–124.


  • RajbanshiN., and AliA. First Complete Genome Sequence of Papaya Ringspot Virus-W Isolated from a Gourd in the United States. 2016, pp. e00299-16.

Courses Taught

  • Seminar in Cell/Molecular Biology
  • Thesis
  • Research Experience
  • Biology of Cancer
  • Independent Research
  • Introduction to Virology
  • Dissertation Research

Professional Affiliations

  • American Phytopathological Society
  • American Society of Virology

Awards & Honors

  • Bronze Medal
  • U.S. Fulbright Fellow
  • STA Fellowship
  • ADCOS Open Merit Scholarshsip