AhmedPostdoctoral Associate
McGuire Center
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 112710
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 283-0173
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2009-2012:  PhD Genetics (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Advisor: Professor Jaco M Greeff
2006-2008: Msc Entomology (South China Agriculture University, China)
Advisor: Professor Qiu Bao-Li
2001-2005: Bsc (Hons) Entomology (Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan)

I am interested in how species are interacting and how interactions influence the biology, ecology and genomes of interacting species with main focus on Endosymbiosis.

2014- :         Postdoctoral Associate (University of Florida, USA)
2013-2014: Postdoctoral Associate (South China Agricultural University, China)
2012-2013: Postdoctoral Associate, (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
2011-2012: Mentor (Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
2009-2010: Co-supervisor (Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
2010-2011: Technical Assistant(Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
2005-2006: Research Fellow (Department of Entomology, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan)
2001-2004: Senior Tutor (Unique Academy of Science and Technology, Pakistan)


Ahmed MZ, Naveed, Noor ul Ane M, Ren SX, Barro PD, Qiu BL (2014) Host suitability comparison between the MEAM1 and AsiaII 1 cryptic species of Bemisia tabaci in cotton growing zones of Pakistan. Pest Management ScienceDOI: 10.1002/ps.3716.

Ahmed MZ, Greyvenstein, Erasmus C, Welch JJ Greeff JM (2013)Consistently high incidence of Wolbachia in global fig wasp communities.Ecological Entomology 38(2)147–154.

Ahmed MZ, De Barro PJ, Ren SX, Greeff JM, Qiu BL (2013) Evidence for horizontal transmission of secondary endosymbionts in the Bemisia tabaci cryptic species complex. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53084.

Xue X, Li S-J, Ahmed MZ, De Barro PJ, Ren SX, Qiu BL(2012) Inactivation of Wolbachia Reveals Its Biological Roles in Whitefly Host. PLoS ONE7(10): e48148.

Xia Xue, Peng WL, Ahmed MZ, Mandour NS, Ren SX, Cuthbertson AGS, Qiu BL (2012) Phylogenetic analysis of three species of Encarsia (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae)parasitizing Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in China based on their 28S rRNA gene. Acta Entomologica Sinica 55(2) 189–198.

Li XX, Li SJ, Xue X, Ahmed MZ, Ren SX, Cuthbertson AGS, Qiu BL (2012) The Effects of Space Dimension and Temperature on the Cross Mating of Three Cryptic Species of the Bemisia tabaci Complex in ChinaJournal of Integrative Agriculture 11(2) 197–205.

De Barro PJ, Ahmed MZ (2011) Genetic Networking of the Bemisia tabaci cryptic species complex reveals patterns of biological invasionsPLoS ONE6(10): e25579. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025579

Ahmed MZ, De Barro PJ, Olleka A, Ren SX, Mandour NS, Greeff JM, Qiu BL (2011) Use of consensus sequences to identify members of the Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) cryptic species complex in Egypt and SyriaJournal of Applied Entomology 136 (7) 510–519.

Qiu BL, Dang F, Li SJ, Ahmed MZ, Jin FL, Ren SX, Cuthberston AGS (2011) Comparison of biological parameters between the invasive B biotype and a new defined Cv biotype of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyradidae) in China. Journal of Pest Science84(4) 419–427.

Li SJ, Xue X, Ahmed MZ, Ren SX, Du Y, Wu JH, Cuthbertson AGS, Qiu BL (2011) Host plants and natural enemies of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in China. Insect Science 18(1)101-120.

Ahmed MZ, De Barro PJ, Greeff JM, Ren SX, Qiu BL (2010) Genetic identity of the Bemisia tabaci species complex and association with high cotton leaf curl disease (CLCuD) incidence in PakistanPest Management Science 67(3)307-317.

Ahmed MZ, Ren SX, Mandour NS, Greeff JM, Qiu BL (2010) Prevalence of Wolbachia supergroups A and B in the sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci and its natural enemies. Journal of Economic Entomology 103(5)1848–59.

Ahmed MZ, Ren SX, Peng W, Li XX, Jin GH, Qiu BL (2010) Prevalence of Endosymbionts in Bemisia tabaci populations and Their in Vivo sensitivity to AntibioticsCurrent Microbiology 61(4)322–328.

Ahmed MZ, Maruthi, MN, Ren SX, Mandour NS, Naveed M, Qiu BL (2010) Phylogenetic analysis of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) populations from cotton plants in Pakistan, China, and EgyptJournal of Pest Science 83(2)135–141.

Qiu BL, Chen Y, Liu L, Peng W, Ahmed MZ, Du Y, Ren SX (2009) The identification of three Bemisia tabaci biotypes in China based on their morphological and DNA polymorphism. Progress in Natural Science 19(6)713–718.

Ahmed MZ, Jin GH, Yuan S, Ren SX, Du Y, Qiu BL (2009) Population and host plant differentiation of the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae), in East, South and Southwest ChinaActa Entomologica Sinica 52(10)1132 –1138.

Ahmed MZ, Shatters RG, Ren SX, Jin GH, Mandour NS, Qiu BL (2009) Genetic distinctions among the Mediterranean and Chinese populations of Bemisia tabaci Q biotype and their Wolbachia infection.  Journal of Applied Entomology 133(9-10)733–741.


Ph.D. Thesis
The causes and consequences of horizontal transmission; a case study on Wolbachia. Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa

M.Sc. Thesis
Molecular identification and phylogeny of Bemisia tabaci and its Wolbachia. Department of Entomology, South China Agricultural University, China

Oral/poster presentations
Oral and 11 Poster presentations (2009-2014) in international conferences/academics meetings

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