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OVERVIEW

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.

 

CONTACT ADDRESS

Professor

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

E-mail: zabed@du.ac.bd

 

EDUCATION

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)

PROFESSION

Employment

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)

Teaching responsibility

Teaching courses Synecology (B.S), Ecology and Environment (B.S.), Plant Molecular Ecology (M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D.) and Ecosystem Ecology (Ph.D.)

Supervising responsibilities                                                       

  1. Supervising Ph.D. program of Nur Jahan, Md. Habibur Rahman, Md. Ataur Rahman and Md. Ashraful Alam Khan, Co-supervising Ms Najama
  2. Supervising M.Phil program of Jannatul Ferdous and Protika Sarker
  3. march 2017 till date: Supervising of M.S. students Saila Kabir and Sirajum Munira, Department of Botany, University of Dhaka
  4. Completed MS thesis supervision of Mumtahina Nabila, Farzana Zaky, Md. Mehedi Hasan, Md. Ishaque Uddin, Md. Abul Kaseh, Ms Shaila Islam Satu, Shuchita Nasreen Jannat and Tania Sultana, Department of Botany, University of Dhaka
  5. October 2010-February 2011: Co-supervisor of the research project of M.S. student Mr Mohammad Saiful Islam Rasel, Department of Plant Biology and Forest Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden
  6. September 2009-February 2011: Co-supervisor of the research project of Bachelor Degree student Mr Martin Gregorc, Department of Plant Biology and Forest Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden

Computing                                            

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

PUBLICATION

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Hossain MZ. 2012. Bioremediation of arsenic: Prospects and limitations in the agriculture of Bangladesh. Int.  J. Econ. Environ. Geol., 3(1): 6-12

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. Hossain MZ, Okubo A, Sugiyama S. 2007. Local variation in soil microbial community structure in seminatural and artificial grasslands. Grassland Sci. 53: 165-171.

  27. Rahman S and Hossain MZ. 2003. Pesticide demand in hybrid seed production technology. J. Food, Agric. Environ. 1 (3 & 4): 174-179.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. Jakariya M, Chowdhury AMR, Hossain MZ, Rahman M. 2003. Management of chronic arsenicosis. Tropical Doctor. 33: 251-252.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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

SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP AWARDED

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.

AWARDS

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. 

CURSES/TRAININGS ATTENDED

  1. ´´Proteomics: High Throughput Analysis of Proteins and Proteome by Mass Spectrometry´´ Theoretical and practical training course organized by International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India, October 10-21, 2011
  2. ´´Genomics for ecologists-fundamentals and practicalities’’ Graduate student course organized by the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. January 20 - 22, 2010
  3. ´´Legumes: Plant-soil interactions and agricultural applications´´. Graduate course organised by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå Campus, Sweden. October 12 - 16, 2009
  4. ´´Community structure analysis of soil microorganisms by biomarkers`` Course of study offered by the Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science, Hirosaki University, Japan, October 2003 - September 2004
  5. ´´Preparatory Intensive Course in the Japanese Language´´ offered by the International Student Exchange Center, Hirosaki University, Hirosaki, Japan, October 2003- March 2004
  6. ´´Plant Genetic Transformation, in situ Hybridization and Bioinformatics´´ workshop organised by Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP), Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. October 06 - 14, 2012
  7. ´´Genomics and proteomics´´ workshop organised by Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP), Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. July 16 - 24, 2012
  8. ´´International Training Course on Operation Research in Reproductive Health´´ organised by the Institute of Health Economics, University of Dhaka, January 23 - February 1, 2001.
  9. Attended a number of workshops on EIA and IEE during the period from 1998 to 2003.
  10. Completed basic training course on Participatory Rapid Rural Appraisal (PRA) from BARD, Comilla, Bangladesh, April 26-May 3, 1998.

SEMINAR/CONFERENCE ATTENDED

  1. “Salt tolerance of varieties of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) in Bangladesh”” presented as by Mohammad Zabed Hossain as Invited Guest in the International Symposium on Innovation in Agriculture and Food Science”, September 8-10, 2017, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  2.  “Effects of Eucalyptus on the decomposition of leaf litter of other plant species” by Protika Sarker and Mohammad Zabed Hossain presented at the Annual Botanical Conference, February 3-4, 2017, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi
  3. “Effects of land-use changes on the soil properties of deciduous Sal forest in Bangladesh” presented in the 23rd Bangladesh Science Conference, 17-18 October 2015, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Gazipur, Bangladesh
  4. ´´Growth responses of groundnut plants (Arachis hypogaea L.) to the proerties of soils of agricultural and forest soiols’ poster presented in the International symposium on Protein crops, May 4-7, 2015, Pontevedra, Spain.
  5. ´´ Nodule inhabiting non-rhizobial bacteria and their role in rowth of leguminous plants. 7th Plant tissue culture and Biotechnology conference, March 1 - 3, 2014, Dhaka.
  6. ´´ Molecular identification of bacteria present in the soils of the Madhupur Sal and the Sunderban mangrove forests of Bangladesh´´. National conference on Plant tissue culture and Biotechnology, January 5 - 6, 2012, Ishurdi, Pabna.
  7. ´´Occurrence and diversity of Bradyrhizobium sp. associated with N2-fixing root nodules of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) in agricultural and non-agricultural soils in Bangladesh´´. Fifth International Botanical Conference, December 9 - 11, 2011, Dhaka.
  8. ´´Ecological implications for interaction between plant litter and soil microbial communities in grassland ecosystems´´. 4th International Botanical Conference, January 16 - 18, 2009, Dhaka
  9. ´´Ecological relationships between plant and soil microbial communities´´. Seminar presentation in the Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, April 9, 2008, Dhaka
  10. ´´Linkages between aboveground plants and belowground soil microbial communities through leaf chemicals: an experimental evidence´´. 55th General conference of the Grassland Society of Japan, October 29 - Novermber 1, 2006, Okinawa, Japan.
  11. ´´Plants can influence decomposition and mineralization through leaf chemical composition´´. 55th General conference of the Grassland Society of Japan, October 29 - Novermber 1, 2006, Okinawa, Japan.
  12. ´´Plant litter effects on the soil microbial community structure-PLFA analysis´´ 2nd Scientific Congress of East Asian Federation of Ecological Societies, March 25 - 28, 2006, Niigata, Japan.
  13. ´´Relationship between plant and soil microbial community diversity in grasslands´´. 53rd General conference of Grassland Society of Japan, University of Tokyo, March 28 - 30, 2005, Tokyo, Japan.
  14. ´´Peoples’ awareness about medicinal plants and its prospect in Bangladesh´´ International conference on the role of plant taxonomy in herbal medicine and conservation policy of floral diversity, Bangladesh National Herbarium, March 17 - 19, 2003, Dhaka.
  15. ´´People do switch to arsenic-free water´´ 2nd International Conference on Bangladesh Environment. BUET, December 19 - 21, 2002, Dhaka.
  16. ´´Peoples’ perception about the impacts of modern agriculture technology adoption on environment: a case study from BRAC contract farmers´´. 1st National Conference on Environmental Health in Bangladesh, ICDDR,B, February 19 - 20, 2002, Dhaka.
  17. ´´Peoples’ responses to some safe water devices implemented in the arsenic affected rural areas of Bangladesh´´ 1st National Conference on Environmental Health in Bangladesh, ICDDR,B, February 19 - 20, 2002, Dhaka.
  18. ´´Pesticide use and awareness of hybrid vegetables and maize seed productions in Bangladesh: A case study of BRAC contract farmers´´. International Workshop on Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides and Integrated Pesticide Management in Developing Countries, November, 6 - 9, 2001, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  19. ´´Ecological conditions of lotic environment: a case study of the Meghna river´´. 10th Bangladesh Botanical Conference. November 12 - 14, 1999, Dhaka.

RESEARCH GRANTS

  1. ‘Securing enhanced growth and biological nitrogen fixation in lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) by using salt tolerant rhizobium in the salinity affected soils of Bangladesh’ funded by Ministry of Education (2015-16/17/18)
  2. ‘Drought tolerance of symbiotic association between lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) and Rhizobia in the context of global climate change’ funded by Ministry of Scoence and technology (2015-16).
  3. ´Microbial ecology of bacteria associated with the rhizosphere and root nodules of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) in arsenic affected soils in Bangladesh´´ funded by the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden (2012-2013).
  4.  “Molecular identification and characterization of nitrogen fixating bacteria compatible to Arachis hypogaea and Lens culinaris in the soils of Sal forests” funded by the Bangladesh University Grants Commission (2012-2013).
  5. “Enhancing growth and nitrogen fixation in Arachis hypogaea L. (groundnut) and Lens culinaris Medik. (lentil) by using indigenous rhizobia in agricultural soil of Bangladesh” funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of the People´s Republic of Bangladesh (2013-2014).
  6. ‘Productivity responses of plant functional types to drought stress as an  effect of global climate change’ funded by the Centre for Advances Studies in Biological Science, University of Dhaka (2015-16)
  7. ´´Bioremediation of arsenic by using arsenic-resistant nitrogen fixing bacteria compatible to leguminous crops Arachis hypogaea L. (groundnut) and Lens culinaris Medik. (lentil) in the arsenic affected soil of Bangladesh´´ funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of the People´s Republic of Bangladesh (2012-2013).
  8. “Ecological investigation on Eucalyptus plantation in Bangladesh’ funded by the Bangladesh University Grants Commission (2014). 

EDITING AND REVIEWING                                     

  1. Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biology and Life Sciences
  2. Reviewer of international journals (i) African Journal of Agricultural Research (AJAR), (ii) Journal of Soil Science and Plan Nutrition (JSSPN), (iii) PLOSOne, (iv) Journal of Ecology and Natural Environment (JENE), (v) Bangladesh Journal of Botany, (vii) Pedosphere, (VIII) Scientific Reports etc.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

  1. Life member of the Bangladesh Botanical Society

  2. Life member of the Bangladesh Association of Advancement of Science

  3. Honorary member of the Science Society of G`alicia, Spain

  4. Senior member of the Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES)

  5. Former member of the Japanese Society of Grassland Science

  6. Former member of the Ecological Society of Japan

OTHER SKILLS

Languages proficiency

Bangla (mother tongue)

English (fluent)                                   

Japanese (moderate)

Country visited

India, Nepal, Japan, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Canada

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Married and born on April 3, 1973 in Munshiganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh.