Akhtar Ali PhD

Associate Professor of Biological Science College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Biological Science
Oliphant Hall N106 918-631-2018


Akhtar Ali's areas of research are ecology, epidemiology, and evolution of viruses.

Ph.D., University of Adelaide, Australia
M.Sc., KP University of Peshawar
B.Sc., KP University of Peshawar

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

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

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Journal Articles

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

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.

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.

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.

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., 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.

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)

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.

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

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., 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. 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., 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. 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Book Chapters

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.

American Phytopathological Society
American Society of Virology

BIOL 1013 Plants and Society
BIOL 4143 Introduction to Virology
BIOL 4163 Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology
BIOL 4183 Biology of Cancer
BIOL 4991 Independent Research
BIOL 7013 Research Experience
BIOL 7263 Seminar in Cell/Molecular Biology
BIOL 7983 Thesis
MSE 7133 Concepts and Applications in Biology