Currently I have been serving as Professor of Botany, University of Dhaka. I obtained Ph.D. degree from the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (UGAS), Iwate University (Hirosaki University), Japan and conducted Post-doctoral research at the Department of Plant Biology and Forest Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden. I obtained B.Sc. (Hons) and M.S. (Thesis) degrees in Botany from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. My area of research and teaching is Plant Ecology, Plant Molecular Ecology and Environmental Biology. Currently, I have been conducting research on adaptation mechanisms of forest plants, carbon dynamics of forest soil and stress biology such as effects of arsenic, salinity and drought on crop plants of Bangladesh.
Ecology and Environment Laboratory
Department of Botany
University of Dhaka
Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Telephone: 880-2-9661900/7555 (W)
Mobile: 01727736087, Fax: 880-2-8615583
Post-Doctoral: Department of Plant Biology and Forest Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden (September 2009 - February 2011
Ph. D.: The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University (Hirosaki University), Japan (2003 - 2007)
Ph.D.: Thesis title: “Ecological relationships between plant and soil microbial communities in grasslands: structural and functional linkages”
M. Sc.: Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Obtained 1st class 1st position with 69.13% marks (1994, Exam. held in 1997)
M.Sc. Thesis title: “Ecological conditions of a segment of the river Meghna near Bhairab Bazar”
B. Sc. (Hons.): Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Obtained 1st class 2nd position with 67.10% (1993, Exam. held in 1995)
H. S. C.: Higher Secondary School Certificate, Dhaka College, Bangladesh. Obtained 1st division with 77.9% marks (1990)
S. S. C.: Secondary School Certificate, K. K. Govt. Institute, Munshigonj, Bangladesh. Obtained 1st division with 74.5% marks (1988)
Professor: Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh (July 22, 2013 till date)
Associate Professor: Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh (August 10, 2011 –July 21, 2013)
Assistant Professor: Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Dhaka (September 13, 2008 - August 9. 2011)
Lecturer: Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Dhaka (June 30, 2003 - September 12 2008)
Researcher: Worked as Environmental Researcher at Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh (October 01, 1998 - June 29, 2003)
Research Officer: Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh (June 1998 - September 1998)
1. Word processing (Word), Graphic's Software (Power Point, Photo editor, PhotoShop, Prism Graphpad, ImageJ, Canvas), Data-sheets (Excel)
2. Comparative Genomics: Blast and specialized software to infer on gene sequences
3. Phylogenetic analysis: Various soft-wares CLC, RDP, DNASTAR Lasergene
4. Multivariate Statistics: JMP (SAS Institute), NTSYS, CANOCO
Hossain MZ, Rasel IU, and Samad R. 2016. Soil moisture effects on the growth of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) varieties in Bangladesh. Mol. 16: 30-40
Hossain MZ, Hasan MM, Ferdous J and Hoque S. 2016. Growth responses of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) varieties to the properties of selected soils in Bangladesh. Mol. 16: 18-29
ossain MZ, Khan MAA, Kashem MA, Hoque S. 2016. Plant community composition in relation to soil physico-chemical properties of the Ratargul swamp forest, Bangladesh. The Dhaka Univ. J. Biol. Sci. 25(1): 1-8.
Hossain MZ and Lundquist P-O. 2016. Nodule Inhabiting non-rhizobial bacteria and their influence on growth of selected leguminous plants of Bangladesh. Bioresearch Comnunication. 2: 134-138
Kashem MA, Ahmed A, Hoque S and Hossain MZ. 2015. Effects of land-use change on the properties of top soil of deciduous Sal forest in Bangladesh. Journal of Mountain Area Research. 1: 5-12
Hossain MZ, Jannat SN, Jahan N, Moniruzzaman M and Hoque S. 2015. Forest and agricultural soils differ in affecting growth of groundnut plants (Arachis hypogaea L.). Mol. 14-15: 30-37
Hossain Z and Sugiyama S. 2014. Seasonal variation of soil microbial communities in semi-natural and improved grasslands in northern Japan. In: Grasslands: Habitat Management, Impact of Plant Diversity and Restoration Strategies (Editors: Pierre Mariotte and Paul Kardol). Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, USA. pp. 51-68.
Anwar, H. M., Garcia-Sanchez, A. and Hossain, M. Z. 2013. Biogeochemical cycling of arsenic in soil-plant continuum: Perspectives for phytoremediation. In: Heavy Metal Stress in Plants (Editors: D. K. Gupta., F. J. Corpas and J. M. Palma). Springer, Germany, pp. 203-224.
Hossain MZ, Sultanan S, Ahmed A and Hoque S. 2013. Influence of leguminous trees on soil nitrogen and phosphorus status of he Sal forests. The Dhaka Univ. J. Biol. Sci. 22(2): 179-182
Sultana T, Hossain MZ, Ahmed A and Hoque S. 2013. Decomposition and nutrient release of Sal leaf litter as influenced by legume leaf litter of the Sal forests. The Dhaka Univ. J. Biol. Sci. 22(2): 183-186
Hossain Z and Sugiyama S. 2013. Differences in microbial functions in soils of semi-natural and improved grasslands. In: Soil functions: Theory, Evolution and Processes (Editors: Jay R. Lynch and Derek T. Williamson). Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, USA. pp. 317-327
Hossain MZ. 2012. Bioremediation of arsenic: Prospects and limitations in the agriculture of Bangladesh. Int. J. Econ. Environ. Geol., 3(1): 6-12
Hossain MA, Hossain MZ, Hossain N and Akter S. 2012. Water Quality, Mitigation Measures of Arsenic Contamination and Sustainable Rural Water Supply Options in Bangladesh. Int. J. Econ. Environ. Geol., 3(1): 34-42
Hossain Z and Sugiyama S. 2011. Grassland management and structural changes in soil microbial communities. In: Grasslands: Types, Biodiversity and Impacts (Editor: Wen-Jun Zhang). Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, USA. pp. 95-108
Saha ML, Islam MN, Aziz CB and Hossain MZ. 2012. Molecular identification of bacteria present in the soils of the Madhupur Sal and the Sunderban mangrove forests of Bangladesh. The Dhaka Univ. J. Biol. Sci. 21(2): 117-123.
Hossain MZ, Aziz CB and Saha ML. 2012. Relationships between soil physico-chemical properties and total viable bacterial counts in Sunderban mangrove forests, Bangladesh. The Dhaka Univ. J. Biol. Sci., 21(2): 169-175.
Hossain MZ and Begum M. 2011. Vegetation of Sunderban mangrove forest after the devastating cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh. Society and Change. 5(3): 72-78.
Hossain Z and Sugiyama S. 2011. Geographical structure of soil microbial communities in northern Japan: effects of distance, land use type and soil properties. Europ. J. Soil Biol. 47: 88-94.
Hossain MZ and Sugiyama S. 2010. Influences of plant litter diversity on decomposition, nutrient mineralization and soil microbial community structure. Grassland Sci. 57: 72–80.
Hossain MZ, Okubo Atsushi and Sugiyama S. 2010. Effects of grassland species on decomposition of litter and soil microbial communities. Ecol Res. 25: 255-261.
Hossain MZ, Saha ML, Aziz CB and Hoque S. 2010. Effects of deforestation on the properties of soil of Sal forests in Bangladesh. The Dhaka Univ. J. Biol. Sci. 19 (1): 63-72.
Ullah SM, Hossain MZ, Mahbuba I, Jahan S, and Bashirullah M. 2009. Extent of arsenic poisoning in the food chain of arsenic affected areas. The Dhaka Univ. J. Biol. Sci. 18 (2): 159-171.
Hossain MZ and Gani S. 2007. Eliminating arsenic consumption: switching drinking water sources through intensive awareness programmes in rural Bangladesh. Society and Changes. 1(4) 60-70.
Sugiyama S, Hossain MZ, and Atsushi O. 2008. Relationships between soil microbial diversity and plant community structure in seminatural grasslands. Grassland Sci. 54: 117-124.
Hossain MZ and Sugiyama S. 2008. Effects of chemical composition on the rate and temporal pattern of decomposition in grassland species leaf litter. Grassland Sci. 54: 40-44.
Hossain MZ, Okubo A, Sugiyama S. 2007. Local variation in soil microbial community structure in seminatural and artificial grasslands. Grassland Sci. 53: 165-171.
Rahman S and Hossain MZ. 2003. Pesticide demand in hybrid seed production technology. J. Food, Agric. Environ. 1 (3 & 4): 174-179.
Hossain Z, Quaiyum M Jakariya M. 2003. Using IEC materials for mass communication: Experiences of an arsenic mitigation project in Bangladesh. Bangladesh J. Commun. Publ. 2 (1): 11-18.
Rahman S and Hossain MZ. 2003. Determinants of Pesticide use in Hybrid Vegetable and Cereal Seed Production in Bangladesh: A Tobit-decomposition Analysis. Asian Profile. 31 (5): 49-440.
Jakariya M, Chowdhury AMR, Hossain Z, Rahman M, Sarker Q, Khan RI and Rahman M. 2003. Sustainable community-based safe water options to mitigate the Bangladesh arsenic catastrophe-An experience from two upazilas. Curr. Sci. 85 (2): 141-146.
Jakariya M, Chowdhury AMR, Hossain MZ, Rahman M. 2003. Management of chronic arsenicosis. Tropical Doctor. 33: 251-252.
Jakariya M and Hossain MZ. 2003. Arsenic poisoning of groundwater and its consequences on human health: Experiences from an upazila. Bangladesh J. Environ. Sci. 1: 103-105.
Hossain Z, Sharmin L and Rahman S. 2002. Use and handling practices of pesticide in hybrid vegetables and maize seed productions in Bangladesh: A case study of BRAC contract farmers. Landschaftsokologie und Umweltforschung. 38: 49-61.
Rahman, S and Hossain MZ. 2000. Pesticide demand among hybrid vegetable and cereal seed producers in Bangladesh: a simultaneous equation analysis. Bangladesh J. Agric. Econ. 23 (1&2): 91-102.
Hossain MZ, Gani MS, Jakariya M, Chowdhury AMR. 2002. People do switch to arsenic-free water. In: Ahmed MF, Tanveer SA, Badruzzaman ABM (Editors). Bangladesh Environment 2002 (Vol 1). Dhaka: Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan, 2002 December : 274-284.
Chowdhury, AMR., Hossain MZ., Nickson R., Jakariya Md., Rahman M., and Shamimuddin Md. 2000. Combating a deadly menace: Early experiences with a community based arsenic mitigation in Bangladesh. Research Monograph Series No. 16. BRAC, Dhaka
2009-2011 Guest Scholarship Program of Swedish Institute, The Swedish Government for Post-Doctoral research at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden.
2003-2007 Monbukagakusho (Monbusho) Scholarship of the Government of Japan for Ph. D. program in Japan.
1996-1997 National Science and Technology Fellowship of the Government of Bangladesh for M. Sc. research.
1993-1994 Delta Study Centre Fellowship, Dhaka University at M.Sc. level.
1991-1994 Dhaka University Merit Scholarship.
1991-1993 Fullar Memorial Scholarship, Dhaka University.
1990 Higher Secondary School Scholarship, the Government of Bangladesh.
Awarded by SAIC (SAARC Agriculture Information Centre) for winning essay writing completion award under university teacher and scientists category on the occasion of SAARC Chartered Day and International Year of Soils 2015.
EDITING AND REVIEWING
Life member of the Bangladesh Botanical Society
Life member of the Bangladesh Association of Advancement of Science
Honorary member of the Science Society of G`alicia, Spain
Senior member of the Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES)
Former member of the Japanese Society of Grassland Science
Former member of the Ecological Society of Japan
Married and born on April 3, 1973 in Munshiganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh.