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University Centre Reaseheath

Dr Hamad Siddiqui

Academic Director- Institute of Sustainability and Food Innovation (IoSFI)

Hamad joined Reaseheath College in January 2023. Prior to his current role, he served as a Senior Scientist in the Research and Development department of Germains Seed Technology, where he played a pivotal role in successfully completing numerous research projects. His professional journey includes working as a Postdoctoral Scientist at prestigious institutions such as Royal Holloway University of London, University of Warwick, and John Innes Centre. Furthermore, he held positions as a Scientific Officer at the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR). Hamad expertise is centred in molecular biology and plant physiology, fields in which he has conducted extensive research on diverse range of topics. His contributions span investigations into leaf senescence, light signalling, circadian clock, RNA-directed DNA methylation, starch biosynthesis pathways, and various aspects of seed biology. Hamad holds a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and the University of Potsdam, Germany, along with M.Sc. (Hons) and B.Sc. (Hons) degrees in Agriculture from the University of Arid Agriculture, Pakistan

Main Responsibilities:

As the Academic Director, Hamad provides leadership to shape a clear and ambitious mission for IoSFI that aligns with the strategic goals of Reaseheath College, the University Centre, and the University of Chester. Hamad leads a high-performing team, optimizing physical and financial resources to identify efficient and successful uses of college facilities for academic, research, and commercial purposes.



  • Rhodes BM, Siddiqui H, Khan S, Devlin PF (2022). Dual Role for FHY3 in Light Input to the Clock. Front Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.862387.
  • Schreier TB, Fahy B, David LC, Siddiqui H, Castells-Graells R, Smith AM (2021). Introduction of glucan synthase into the cytosol in wheat endosperm causes massive maltose accumulation and represses starch synthesis. Plant J. Jun;106(5):1431-1442. doi: 10.1111/tpj.15246.
  • Brendan Fahy, Hamad Siddiqui, Laure David, Stephen J. Powers, Philippa Borrill, Cristobal Uauy, Alison M. Smith. (2018) Final grain weight is not limited by the activity of key starch-synthesising enzymes during grain filling in wheat. J Exp Bot. Nov 26;69(22):5461-5475.
  • Hamad Siddiqui, Safina Khan, Bruce M Rhodes and Paul F Devlin (2016) FHY3 and FAR1 Act Downstream of Light Stable Phytochromes. Front. PlantSci. 7:175. Doi 10.3389/fpls.2016.00175.
  • Anhui Wu, Annapurna Devi Allu, Prashanth Garapati, Hamad Siddiqui, Hakan Dortay, Maria-Inés Zanor, Maria Amparo Asensi-Fabado, Sergi Munne Bosch, Carla Antonio, Takayuki Tohge, Alisdair Fernie, Kerstin Kaufmann, Gang-Ping Xue, Bernd Mueller Roeber and Salma Balazadeh (2012). JUNGBRUNNEN1, a reactive Oxygen Species– Responsive NAC Transcription Factor, Regulates Longevity in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 24: 1-26.
  • Gang Li, Hamad Siddiqui, Yibo Teng, Rongcheng Lin, Xiang-yuan Wan Jigang Li On-Sun Lau, Mingqiu Dai, Jianmin Wan, Paul Devlin, Xing Wang Deng, and Haiyang Wang (2011).
  • Coordinated transcriptional regulation underlying the circadian clock in Arabidopsis. Nature Cell Biology, 13(5):616-22.
  • Salma Balazadeh, Hamad Siddiqui, Annapurna D.Allu, Lilian P. Matallana- Ramirez, Camila Caldana, Mohammad Mehrnia, Maria-Ines Zanor, Barbara Kohler and Bernd Mueller-Roeber (2010) A gene regulatory network controlled by the NAC transcription factor ANAC92/AtNAC2 during salt-promoted senescence. Plant Journal 62 :(2) 250- 264.
  • Devlin, Paul, Hamad Siddiqui (2009) FHY3 and FAR1 mediate red light input to the Arabidopsis circadian clock. In Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – A Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Vol. 153A, No. 2, p. S207.