Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology




Details of Dr. Zeba Islam Seraj

Name : Dr. Zeba I. Seraj

Designation: Professor


Contact Information:

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dhaka University, Dhaka, 1000, Bangladesh

Cell: +880-171-159-5576, Fax: +88(02) 9667222


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A. Professional Preparation

Dhaka University                                Biochemistry                                        B.S., 1980

Dhaka University                                Biochemistry                                        M.S., 1982

Glasgow University                             Biochemistry                                        Ph.D., 1986

Liverpool University           Biochem and Mol. Biol.                            Post Doc: 1986-1987


B. Appointments

Academic positions:

Dec 1997 – to Present: Professor, Dept of Biochem and Mol. Biol., Dhaka University

Dec 1991 – Dec 1997: Assoc Professor, Dept. of Biochem and Mol Biol., Dhaka University

March 1988 – Dec 1991: Assist Professor, Dept. of Biochem and MolBiol, Dhaka University

Research Positions:

January 1, 2015-December 31, 2017, Director, Center for Bioinformatics Learning and Advanced Systematics Training, under the University of Dhaka.

Oct 1, 2013-Sept 30, 2018: Visiting Researcher, Section of Integrative Biology, UT, Austin

Aug 15 2005-Dec 15, 2005: Visiting Researcher, Mol and Dev Cell Biol, Univ Texas at Austin

Aug 4-16, 2003: Visiting Scientist, USDA Research Station at Beaumont, Texas.

Aug 15-Sept 3, 2001: Cochran Fellow for current status of crop transformation, Washington DC.

Jan 02-March 31, 1998: Visiting Scientist, IRRI, Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory

May 1986-July 1987: Post Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Liverpool, UK

Synergistic Activities:

Life member of Bangladesh Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bangladesh Association for Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology and Graduate Biochemists Association; Program Committee member, Bangladesh Rice Foundation; Member Editorial Board Journal of the Bangladesh Association for Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology; Member American Society for Plant Biologists; Core Committee Expert of The National Biosafety Committee.


Collaborators & Other Affiliations:

(i) Dr. Autar K. Mattoo, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Dr. Abdelbagi M. Ismail and Dr. Sigrid Heuer, IRRI; Dr. Thomas Juenger, UT, Austin, Dr. Narendra Tuteja and Dr. SnehLataSingla-Pareek, ICGEB, India.

(ii) Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors Graduate Supervisor: Dr. John T. Knowler, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Glasgow,Current Affiliation unknown; Prof. Ted Maden, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Liverpool, current affiliation: Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool

(iii) PhD student supervision: 6 students already completed PhD:  Noorain M. Rasul (2005), Laisa Lisa (2006), Rokeya Begum (2013), M. Sazzadur Rahman (2017), Richard Malo (2017), Sabrina M. Elias (2018). Sumaiya Farah Khan-submitted, Rumana S. Tammi, Mahzabin Amin and Umme Habiba in progress.

(iv) Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate Sponsor: More than 70 Masters students graduated with thesis.


Complete List of Publications:

1.    Tasmia Islam, Sudip Biswas, Most Umme Habiba, R.H. Sarker, M. Sazzadur Rahman, M. Ansar Ali, K.M.S. Aziz, Zeba I. Seraj. (2017). Characterization of Progenies from Intergeneric Hybridization Between Oryza sativa L. and Porteresia coarctata (Roxb.) Tateoka. Plant Tiss. Cult and Biotech 27(1) 63-72.

2.    Razzaque, S., Haque, T., Elias, S.M., Rahman, M.S., Biswas, S., Schwartz, S., Ismail, A.M., Walia, H., Juenger, T.E. and Seraj, Z.I., 2017. Reproductive stage physiological and transcriptional responses to salinity stress in reciprocal populations derived from tolerant (Horkuch) and susceptible (IR29) rice. Scientific Reports7.

3.T Ahmed, S Biswas, SM Elias, MS Rahman, N Tuteja, ZI Seraj (2017). In Planta transformation for conferring salt tolerance to a tissue-culture unresponsive indica rice (Oryza sativa L.) cultivar. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Plant, 1-12.

4. Biswas S1, Amin USM2, Sarker S1, Rahman MS3, Amin R4, Karim R4, Tuteja N5, Seraj ZI6. 'Introgression, Generational Expression and Salinity Tolerance Conferred by the Pea DNA Helicase 45 Transgene into Two Commercial Rice Genotypes, BR28 and BR47' Mol Biotechnol. 2017 Dec 27. doi: 10.1007/s12033-017-0055-2. [Epub ahead of print]

5. SaimaShahid, Rokeya Begum, SamsadRazzaque, Jesmin, Zeba I. Seraj (2016). Variability in amylose content of Bangladeshi rice cultivars due to unique SNPs in Waxy allele. Journal of Cereal Science 71: 1-9. (Elsevier) DOI: 10.1016/j.jcs.2016.07.006.

6. Razzaque, S., Khan, S. F., Jewel, N. A., Haque, T., Elias, S. M, Rahman, S., Seraj, Z. I. 2016. Genetic Analysis of SSR Markers in F2Reciprocal Populations of the Rice genotypes, Horkuch and IR29 show high segregation distortion. BioresComm2 (2), 219-229.

7. F Yasmin, S Biswas, GMNA Jewel, SM Elias, ZI Seraj (2015). Constitutive Overexpression of the Plasma Membrane Na+/H+ Antiporter for Conferring Salinity Tolerance in Rice. Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology 25 (2), 257-272

8. USM Amin, S Biswas, SM Elias, S Razzaque, T Haque, R Malo, ZI Seraj (2016). Enhanced Salt Tolerance Conferred by the Complete 2.3 kb cDNA of the Rice Vacuolar Na+/H+ Antiporter Gene Compared to 1.9 kb Coding Region with 5′ UTR in Transgenic Lines of Rice. Frontiers in plant science 7.

9. S Sarker, S Biswas, MA Shahed, ARazzaque, ZI Seraj (2016). Cloning, characterization and analysis of the Arabidopsis RD29A promoter for its inducible expression in rice under salinity and drought stress.Biorescomm 2 (1), 139-145.

10. S Parvin, S Biswas, S Razzaque, T Haque, SM Elias, RS Tammi and ZI Seraj (2015). Salinity and drought tolerance conferred by in planta transformation of SNAC1 transcription factor into a high-yielding rice variety of Bangladesh. Plantarum 37:68.DOI 10.1007/s11738-015-1817-8

11. S Biswas, S Razzaque, SM Elias, USM Amin, T Haque, SMT Islam, Lisa LA, Naznin F, Rasul NM and Seraj ZI (2015). Effect of the vacuolar Na+/H+ antiporter transgene in a rice landrace and a commercial rice cultivar after its insertion by crossing .ActaPhysiologiaePlantarum 37: 1730. DOI 10.1007/s11738-014-1730-6.

12. Razzaque, S., Chakraborty, D., Tammi, R.S., Elias, S.M., Seraj, Z.I. and Islam, A. (2014) Cloning of Three Antiporter Genes from Arabidopsis and Rice for Over-Expressing Them in Farmer Popular Tomato Varieties of Bangladesh. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 5, 3957-3963.

13. Yesmin N, Elias SM, Rahman MS, Hasan AKMM and Serak ZI (2014). “Unique genotypic differences discovered among indigenous Bangladeshi Rice Landraces”. Int J Genomics. Article ID: 210328.

14. Khan MK, Zaman S, Chakraborty S, Chakravorty R, Alam MM, BhuiyanTR, Rahman MJ, Fernandez C, Qadri F and Seraj ZI (2014). “In silico predicted mycobacterial epitope elicits in vitro T-cell responses”. Mol. Immunol 61: 16-22. Elsevier.

15. Elias SM, Begum R, Rahman MR, Ferdouse A, Shozib HB, Ali MM and Seraj ZI (2015). “Genotypic and phenotypic relatedness of a farmer-discovered variant with high yielding rice growing in the same field”. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 301 (1), 451-465. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s00606-014-1085-x

16. Mohammad Arif Ashraf, Sudip Biswas, SamsadRazzaque, TaslimaHaque and Zeba I Seraj (2014).Cloning and Characterization of Alcohol Dehydrogenase (Adh) Promoter Region for Expression Under Submergence and Salinity Stress. Plant Tissue Cult& Biotech 24: 111-120.

17. Mahzabin Amin, Sabrina M. Elias, Alamgeer Hossain, Aliya Ferdousi, Md. Sazzadur Rahman, Narendra Tuteja and Zeba I. Seraj (2012). "Overexpression of a DEAD box helicase, PDH45, confers both seedling and reproductive stage salinity tolerance to rice ( Oryza sativa L.)" Molecular Breeding 30: 345-354. DOI 10.1007/s11032-011-9625-3

18. Sabrina M. Elias, A. K. M. Mahbub Hasan and Zeba I. Seraj (2011). Microsatellite marker diversity and sequence polymorphism in the red gene locus of indigenous rice populations of Bangladesh. Plant SystEvol. 296:157-165. DOI 10.1007/s00606-011-0482-7

19. Laisa A. Lisa, Sabrina M. Elias, M. Sazzadur Rahman, SaimaShahid, Tetsushi Iwasaki, Mahbub Hasan, Keiko Kosuge, YasuoFukami and Zeba I. Seraj (2011). Physiology and gene expression of the rice landrace Horkuch under salt stress. Functional Plant Biology, 38: 282-292

20. RejbanaAlam, M. Sazzadur Rahman, Zeba I. Seraj, Michael J. Thomson, Abdelbagi M. Ismail, Ellen Tumimbang-Raiz and Glenn B. Gregorio (2011). (Alam et al., 2011). Plant Breeding 130: 430-437. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0523.2010.01837. Wiley Blackwell publications.

21. SaimaShahid, Sabrina M. Elias, Sudip Biswas, Zeba I. Seraj (2010). READS- a resource for plant non-coding regulatory sequence analysis. Plant Tissue Cult & Biotech. 20: 211-223

22. Michael J. Thomson,  Marjorie de Ocampo,  James Egdane,  M. Akhlasur Rahman, Andres Godwin Sajise, Dante L. Adorada, Ellen Tumimbang-Raiz,  Eduardo Blumwald,  Zeba I. Seraj,  Rakesh K. Singh, Glenn B. Gregorio and Abdelbagi M. Ismail (2010). Characterizing the Saltol Quantitative Trait Locus for Salinity Tolerance in Rice. Rice 3:148-160

23. M Sazzadur Rahman, Keshob C Das, Dipok K Das, Kuntal Biswas, MBadrul H Chowdhury, Nilufer H Karim, MAbdus Salam and Zeba I Seraj (2010). Breeding and anther-derived lines of rice for saline coastal areas of Bangladesh Bang J Bot 39: 71-78.

24. S.M. Touhidul Islam, R.S. Tammi, Sneh L Singla-Pareek, Z.I. Seraj (2010). Enhanced Salinity Tolerance and improved yield properties in Bangladeshi rice Binnatoa through Agrobacterium Mediated Transformation of PgNHX1 from Pennisetumglaucum. ActaPhysiol Plant 32: 657-663.

25. SM Touhidul Islam, Rumana S. Tammi, Richard Malo, Mahzabin Amin, M. Sazzadur Rahman, Sabrina M. Elias and Zeba I. Seraj (2009). Constitutive expression of OsNHX1 under the promoter Actin1D can improve the tolerance and yield characteristics of Bangladeshi rice Binnatoa in salt stress. Australian J. of Crop Sci 3: 329-335.

26. SM Touhidul Islam, Rumana S Tammi, Sneh_LataSingla-Pareek and Zeba I Seraj (2009) Agrobacterium-mediated Transformation and Constitutive Expression of PgNHX1 from Pennisetumglaucum L in Oryza sativa L cv Binnatoa Plant Tissue Cult& Biotech 19: 25-33.

27. SM Touhidul Islam and Zeba I Seraj (2009) Vacuolar Na+/H+ antiporter expression and salt tolerance conferred by actin1D and CaMV35S are similar in transgenic Binnatoa rice Plant Tissue Cult & Biotech 19: 257-262.

28. Laisa A Lisa, Zeba I Seraj, C M FazleElahi, Keshob C Das, Kuntal Biswas, M Rafiqul Islam, M Abdus Salam and A R Gomosta (2004). Genetic variation in microsatellite DNA, physiology and morphology of coastal saline rice  (Oryza sativa  L) landraces of Bangladesh Plant & Soil 263 (1-2): 213-228 Kluwer Academic

29. Tumimbang EB, Adorada DL, Nunez J, Elahi F, Seraj ZI, Dvorjak J and Gregorio GB (2002). Developing near isogenic lines to fine map salinity tolerance genes in chromosome 1. In Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biochemistry Annual Report, International Rice Research Institute Publication.

30. Seraj ZI and Salam MA (2000) Growing rice in saline soils: biotechnological approaches for Bangladesh Asia-Pacific Tech Monitor 17 (6): 55-59.

31. Sarker RH, Islam MN, Islam A andSeraj ZI (2000).Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of peanut (Arachis hypogea L.).Plant Tiss. Cult. 10:137-142.

32. Islam MR, Khan MH, Zohra FT, Hossain MR &Seraj ZI (1999). Stable transformation of jute (CorchoruscapsularisL. CVL-1) calli and high efficiency marker gene insertion in explants. Plant Tiss. Cult. 9: 53-61.

33. Keya C., Seraj Z  I,  and Mahmood S (1999) Restriction  Fragment LengthPolymorphism (RFLP) between Porteresiacoarctata and traditional Salt Tolerant rice varieties (Oryza sativa).  Suppl. Issue Dhaka University J. of Biological Sciences 8:17-24. 

34. Faruque MO, Farzana T,Seraj ZI, Sarker R H and Khatun A A (1998)Variation in green plant regeneratin response from anthers of indica rice and their hybrids with japonica cv Taipei 309 Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 54: 191-195.

35. Seraj Z I, Islam Z, Faruque M O, Devi T and Ahmed S (1997) Identification of the regeneration potential of embryo derived calluses from various Indica rice varieties Plant Cell, Tissue,Organ Culture 48: 9-13.

36. Ali MM, Islam Z, Ali, KM, Rasul NM, FarzanaT.Faruque MO and Seraj Z  I and Mahmud I (1997). Relationship of glyoxalase-1 activity with regeneration potential of embryo-derived rice callus. Bangladesh. J. Biochem. 3:87-93.

37. Rasul NM, Ali KM, Islam R and Seraj Z  I,   (1997) Transformation of an Indica Rice Cultivar Binnatoa with Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Plant Tissue Cult  7:71-80.

38. Seraj Z I ,Faruque M O, Hossain K G,Sarker  R H, Devi T, Islam Z and Islam A S (1996) Attempted Wide Hybridization between  Oryza sativa L and Porteresiacoarctata T International Rice Research Notes 21 (nos 2-3), 35.

39. Seraj Z I ,Mahmood S, FarzanaM and Amara U.(1996). Detection of single copyhomologous genomic DNA by the non radioactive enhanced Chemiluminescence method. Bangladesh J. of Biochem 2:1-7

40. Seraj Z I ,Motaleb M A, Hossain GMF, Huq E,Rahman M, Samad M A and Hossain M A (1995) Study of homology between salt tolerant Porteresia coarctata and Oryza sativa through analysis of protein, isozyme and DNA patterns  Dhaka university J of BiolSci 4 91-97

41. Talukder A H, Hossain GMF, Akhter M, Islam Z, Seraj Z  I,and  Hossain MA (1995). Salinity Tolerance Index of six Oryza sativa L. Indica land races of Bangladesh. Dhaka University J. of Biol. Sciences 4 : 81-83

42. Sarker R H, Samad M A, Seraj Z  I,  Hoque M I and Islam A S (1993) Post pollination development of pollen tube following intergeneric cross, P coarctata x Osativa var BR-9 with fluorescent microscopy Euphytica 69 : 129-134

43. SerajZ  I, , Sarker  A B and Islam A S (1992). Plant regeneration in a jute species (C. capsularis) and its possible relationship with glyoxalase.Plant Cell Reports 12 : 29-33.

44. Halder  S K and Seraj Z  I (1992)  Cell suspension cultures in three varieties of  jute. Plant Tissue Culture 2: 15-20

45. Seraj Z  I, ,Samad  M A and Talukder A H (1992) Comparative study of  protein and esterase profiles of wild salt tolerant rice with local and high yielding cultivars. Dhaka University Studies 7, Part E : 65-70.

46. Al Mamun A A M, Ahmed Z U and SerajZ  I, (1991)A gene bank of Shigelladysenteriae – 1 in a cosmid. Bangladesh J. of Microbiol 8: 73-78.

47. SerajZ  I,, Samad M A, Talukder A H and Hossain M A (1991).  Regeneration of six Oryza sativa L. indicas Salt tolerant varieties from mature embryos. Plant Tissue Culture 1: 51-56.


Conference paper:

48. Abdullah-Al-Emran, Richard Malo, Mahzabin Amin, Debashis Chakraborty, Aliya Ferdousi and Zeba I. Seraj - Cloning and Transformation of the Transcription Factor SNAC1 from Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Landrace Pokkali In: Role of Biotechnology in Food Security and Climate Change. Islam AS, Haque MM, Sarker RH and Hoque MI (Eds). Proc. Sixth Intl. Plant Tissue Cult. & Biotech. Conf., December 3‐5, 2010, Bangladesh Assoc. Plant Tissue Cult. & Biotech. Dhaka, Bangladesh. pp. 155‐164.  

49. Hossain MB, Khan MH, Choudhury EH, Zohra FT, Seraj ZI, Khan H and Sarker RH (1999). Transformation of Jute (CorchoruscapsularisL. vars. CVL-1 and D-154) with the plasmids pCAMBIA 1201, pBI121 and pBINCHI.11 and high efficiencuy marker gene insertion in explants. In Proc. of the workshop on Application of Biotechnology in the Improvement of Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibers-PhaseII, Haikou, China, 15-17 December. Intl. Jute Organ. publication, pp28-38

50. Haseena Khan, Zeba I. Seraj, Rakha Hari Sarker, LaisKhandekar, Selina        Begum, Nazir Hossain, K. Mohammad Ali, M. Bakhtiar Hossain, FatemaTuz        Zohra, SamiulHaque and Shamim Hossain (2000). Potential Improvement of Jute by Biotechnological Approaches. In Proc. of the -18. workshop on Application of Biotechnology in the Improvement of Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibers-PhaseII, Beijing, China, Aug. 10-12, 2000,pp 7


Book Chapters:

  1. MA Salam, MR Islam, MS Rahman, MA Rahman, MAR Bhuiyan, ZI Seraj, TL Aditya, MK Uddin, MK Mandal, AM Ismail, DL Adorada, RD Mendoza, EB Tumimbang-Raiz and GB Gregorio (2010) Rice varieties and cultural management practices for high and sustained productivity in the coastal wetlands of Bangladesh In Tropical Deltas and coastal zones: Food production, communities and environment at the land-water interface Eds: CT Hoanh et al CAB International Pp 183-198.
  1. Hossain Mahabub and Seraj Zeba I (2008) Biotechnology for crop improvement global status and potential gains for Bangladesh In ‘Emerging issues in Bangladesh economy’, ed, Osmani SR, CPD, University Press Ltd, Dhaka, pp 83-100.
  1. Zeba I Seraj, Laisa A Lisa, M Rafiqul Islam, Rokeya Begum and Deepok K Das (2006) Genetic diversity of saline coastal rice (Oryza sativa L) landraces of Bangladesh In Abiotic stress tolerance of plants Towards the improvement of global environment and food Eds Rai, Aswani K and TakabeTeruhiro SpringerVerlag pp 229 244
  1. Elahi CMF, Seraj ZI, Rasul NM, Das KC, Biswas K, Salam MA, GomostaAR,Tumimbang E, Adorada D, Gregorio G, Bennett J (2004). Breeding rice for salinity tolerance using the Pokkali allele: finding a linked DNA markerIn:In Vitro Culture, Transformation and Molecular markers for Crop Improvement. Ed. Islam AS Science Publishers, Inc, USA, pp 157-170.
  1. Seraj Z I, Khan H, Sarker RH, Khan S N and Islam AS (2004) HarnessingBiotechnology In: Bangladesh in the New Millenium, A Dhaka University Study Ed AbulKalam, University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh, pp 393-421.
  1. Seraj ZI, Hossain MB, Rasul NM, Akhter , Khan H, Hossain S, Salam MA and Gregorio G (2002) Agrobacterium mediated transformation of Bangladesh indica rice for conferring salt tolerance In: R Ahmad and KA Malik (eds)  Prospects for saline agriculture Pages 167-176 Kluwer Academic Netherlands.
  1. Islam AS Clark G and Seraj ZI 2004 Current strategies in molecular breeding toincrease food production In In vitro application in Crop ImprovementEdsMujib A, Myeong-je C and Banerjee S Science Publishers Inc Enfield (NH), USA pp 203-216
  1. Seraj ZI, Bose ML, Bashar MK and Hossain M. Rice biodiversity: use of this resource can be the key to sustainable rice production. In: Proc. of the Bangladesh Rice Foundation seminar on the ‘Next step in Rice’, Jan. 29th, 2003. Ed. Bhuiyan SI. Bangladesh Rice Foundation.
  1. Islam AS, Haque MM, Hoque MI and Seraj ZI (1992) Tissue Culture and micropropagation of jute (Corchorusspp)In: Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry Vol 19 High tech and Micropropation III Ed YPS Bagaj Springer Verlag,Berlin, Heidelberg PP 505-526
  1. Knowler JT, McGregor CW and Islam Z (1986), Ribonuleooprotein particles containing heterogenous nuclear RNA In Nuclear Structures: Their isolation and characterization (MacGillivray A J and Birnie G D eds) PP 118-129 Butterworths Scientific, London.