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I, Shahid Ullah, belong to Dir, a beautiful districts located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. I have completed my doctorate of philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular biology at School of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, People Republic of China (2013-2016). Indeed it was an honor for me to study at HUST that ranks among top 10 universities in China, its also a great memory and honor for me to have two times personal meeting with the chairman of HUST and discussed many thing of common interest, and feel too much glad and proud to here from the chainman that his best friend and classmate was also a Pakistani in USA.  Prior to this, I did my Masters in Biochemistry from Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM), Pakistan.


I came to China in August, 2013 after securing a Chinese Government Scholarship. I would love to rate this three years of my stay in China as the most exciting era of my life. Although, it was quite hard for me at the start due to several issues that I faced such as language barrier, cultural differences, food habits, and the jet log etc. However, with the passage of time, I successfully adopted myself to the new environment. I would like to acknowledge all those who made my life smooth and study easier. First, I would like to say thanks to my Chinese as well as Pakistani friends. From academic perspective, I also encountered several problems during my course work and research. But the way my teachers and supervisor helped me was phenomenal. I would like to specially thank my supervisor, Professor Yu Xue, for his kind support, supervision, guidance that made me competent, and provided me the opportunity to conduct my PhD research. I have learned a lot from his expertise and without his guidance and support, it was certainly impossible. I would also like to extend my gratitude and thanks from the staff members of international student office at HUST for their selfless guidance, cooperation, and help. Finally, I would like to extend my respect and words of thanks to the Government of the People Republic of China, Chinese Government Council and people of China for their respect and hospitality.




I have strong interest and will to pursue scientific research as my career and for human welfare. To achieve this goal, I think two points are significant. The first one is professional academic ability that we use to handle with objective things, and other one is the ability to handle interpersonal relationship in lab. During my doctoral period, I kept making effort to promote my capacity to scientific research in term of philosophy, methodology, knowledge and computational skill. I remained engaged in two government funded projects mainly focusing on PTM based computational studies. Through these projects, I have mastered a lot of computational skills, including collecting and sorting experimental data, extracting and analyzing pathway of data and developing database and tool by Perl and Java programing language. My main contribution to scientific community is developing a comprehensive phosphorylation site database (dbPAF) containing phosphorylated proteins with their modification sites in human, mouse, rat, fruit fly, nematode and yeast. dbPAF, is superior in both the number of p-sites and proteins in all the databases of the world. After the development of dbPAF database. I have further studied circadian related genes and their relationship with PTMs.


Part of my work has been published and listed below, and the other parts of my work (three papers) are in preparation. To conduct a research smoothly and efficiently, we need strong collaboration among researchers with different academic background and at different levels, especially for highly interdisciplinary fields. My objective is to find a challenging position in an Institute where I can utilize my knowledge & skills, to bring about a positive difference and contribute to the growth of the organization as far as possible.  






Ø  PhD Scholarship awarded by Chinese government scholarship program (CSC).


Ø  Master scholarship from Italy government, University of Gastronomic Sciences Italy.


Ø  Bachelor scholarship from Pakistani government.


CONFERENCES ----------------


Ø  IIER-27th International Conference on Recent Innovations in Engineering and Technology (ICRIET), Jan 27, 2015, Beijing China.


Ø  The IRES -47th International conferences on Engineering and Natural Science (ICENS), April 11 2016, Shanghai, China.


Ø  1st term international invitation of Huazhong agriculture University district workshop on Bioinformatics, 28, March, 2014.


Ø  2nd term international invitation of Huazhong agriculture University  district  workshop on Bioinformatics, 28, March, 2015






[1]    Shahid Ullah, Shaofeng Lin, Yang Xu, Wankun Deng, Lili Ma, Ying Zhang,  Zexian Liu, and Yu Xue*. (2016). dbPAF: an integrative database of protein phosphorylation in animals and fungi. Scientific Reports, 6:23534.


[2]    Pan Z, Liu Z, Cheng H , Wang Y, Gao T, Shahid Ullah, Xue Y.(2014) Systematic analysis of the in situ crosstalk of tyrosine modifications reveals no additional natural selection on multiply modified residues. Scientific Reports, 4:7331.


[3]    Pan Z, Wang B, Zhang Y , Wang Y, Shahid Ullah., Ren J , liu Z , Xue Y.(2015) dbPSP: a curated database for protein phosphorylation sites in prokaryotes. Database (Oxford), bav031.


[4]  Liu, Zexian; Wang Y, Cheng, Han; Deng, Wankun; Pan, Zhicheng, Shahid Ullah.,


jian R , Xue Y.(2015) GPS 3.0: web servers for the prediction of protein  post-translational modification sites. Nucleic Acids Research "NAR, Submitted.


[5]  Wankun Deng, Yongbo Wang, Lili Ma, Ying Zhang,Shahid Ullah and Yu Xue(2016)


Computational prediction of methylation types of covalently modified lysine and     arginine residues in proteins. Briefings in Bioinformatics.", Published


[6]  Lili Ma, Zexian Liu, Zhang Y, Wang Y, Wankun Deng, Yaping Wei, Shahid Ullah,


and Yu  Xue. (2016). THANATOS: an integrative data resource of proteins and    post-translational modifications in the regulation of autophagy and cell death pathways, Autophagy", Submitted.


[7]  Shahid Ullah, Wang, Yongbo Li, Xiaotong; Liu, Zexian; Cheng, Han; Ma, Lili; Cui,


   Qinghua; Xue, Yu; (2016). PTMD: a database of disease-associated post-translational modifications; Nucleic Acids Research "NAR", Submitted.