Dr. Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, GC University – Faisalabad, Pakistan. He received his BSc (Hons) in Plant Breeding and Genetics from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan in 2003. He obtained his MPhil and PhD in Molecular Biology from National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, Lahore, Pakistan in 2006 and 2011 respectively. He has been Visiting Fellow for one year in National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, USA. He has published over 40 papers in international peer-reviewed journals in the field of Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, and Bioinformatics. He is conducting research to understand the molecular mechanisms of stress tolerance in plants, especially cotton and sunflower. He has been involved in genetic modification of cotton and rice, their greenhouse and field testing as well as biosafety studies. He is member of various national and international professional societies. He is founding member and member of the Board of Directors of the Pakistan Society for Computational Biology (PSCB) since 2012. He is also a member of International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI) since 2004.