Ahmad Muhammad

Doctoral candidate
(in collaboration with AIT)


address: Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research
University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences
Rennweg 14, Room 209
A-1030 Vienna,

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I am currently working on my PhD project within the EU Innovative Training Network “Micrometabolite” at Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and University of Vienna, supervised by Eva Maria Sehr and Christian Lexer.

Research Interests

I am interested in the plant secondary metabolite research. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the mechanisms of biosynthesis and regulation of secondary metabolites in plants during their interaction with the microorganisms. By using transcriptomic and metabolic approaches, my PhD project aims to explore the mechanisms by which beneficial microorganisms modulate the production of medicinally important secondary metabolites of Boraginaceae plants.

Short CV

  • April 2018-present Early stage researcher/PhD student under the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network Project “Micrometabolite”
  • 2013/2017-2018 Master Degree in Crop Protection, University of Göttingen, Germany
  • 2014-2016 Master Degree in Sustainable Tropical Forestry, Technical University, Dresden, Germany
  • 2008-2012 Bachelor Degree in Agriculture, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan


Muhammad Ahmad, Somayyeh Sedaghatjoo and Andreas Westphal (2016) Reproductive capacity of Heterodera schachtii on Thlaspi arvense, Capsella bursa-pastoris and varying populations of Chenopodium album. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection 123(1)37-42.