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Md.  Majibur Rahman, PhD

Professor (Selection Grade)
Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka

&
Former Vice Chancellor
Stamford University Bangladesh

Tel.: 9661920-59-extn. 7736
9665195 (Residence); 01552459425 (mobile)
Email address: majibrahman@gmail.com; majibrahman@du.ac.bd
National ID No.: 2697557405783

 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH:

United Nations University Post Doctoral Fellow (2001-2002): worked on Cloning & expression of Thermotoga. maritima cellulase gene in E. coli. National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan (United Nations University Fellowship).

Vienna Agricultural University Post Doctoral Fellow (1997-1998): worked on Biodegradation of halogenated pesticides. Interuniversity Research Institute for Agrobiotechnology, Vienna Agricultural University, Vienna, Austria (ÖAD Fellowship).

German National Center of Biotechnology Post Doctoral Fellow (1992): worked on Production of high density yeast cell mass using UBICON system. Industrial Biotechnology, German National Center for Biotechnology (GBF), Braunschweig, Hannover, Germany (ITP Fellowship)

PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK (PhD in Microbial Biotechnology, 1991): worked on Changes in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall associated with autolysis in a simulated industrial process and study of the activity of the related enzymes. Department of Bioscience & Biotechnology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K. (carried out under Commonwealth Scholarship Program). PhD Degree Conferred.

M.Sc. from the University of Dhaka (1979 held in 1983): worked on Production of biogas from plant wastes for M.Sc. thesis,  Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Class obtained: 1st class

B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Dhaka (1978 held in 1981): Department of Soil Science currently renamed as Department of Soil, Water and Environment, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh. Class obtained: 1st class

 

FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION:

1. Industrial Biotechnology: hands on experience on the commercial production of yeast autolysates and production of high density yeast biomass using computerized Fed batch fermentation system.

2. Enzyme Technology & Molecular Biology: hands on experience on cloning, expression and purification of thermostable enzymes including production of recombinant proteins and structure-function analysis.

3. Biogas technology: hands on experience on the production of biogas from organic wastes and analytical devices of the fermentation products.

4. Food Microbiology: In depth experience on the Food borne pathogens and their control including Food safety and hygiene.


EMPLOYMENT RECORD:

Vice Chancellor: Stamford University Bangladesh (2008-2012)

Chairman & Dean: Department of Microbiology & Faculty of Science & Engineering, Stamford University
Bangladesh (2005-2008)

Chairman: Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka (1994-1997)

House Tutor:Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall, Dhaka University (1992-2001).

Professor:Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka since 23 January 2000 (cont.)

Associate Professor: Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka  (October, 1994- January, 2000).

Assistant Professor: Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka (September, 1991- October, 1994).      

Lecturer: Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka (June, 1985- September, 1991).

Research Fellow: Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka (1984-1985).

Quality Control Microbiologist: Essential Drugs Ltd. (1985).


INTERNATIONAL TRAINING, WORKSHOPS & VISITS:

August 21, 2005 - 01 September, 2005: visited Hokiruku University, Kinki University, Shijunwate Gakuen University & National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan under Academic Exchange and Collaborative Research programs between Stamford University Bangladesh and Japanese Universities.

January 25, 2004 - February 26, 2004: worked as Visiting Professor at Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan.

March, 2001 - March, 2002: United Nations University Fellow: worked on Cloning and expression of thermostable endo-β-glucanase gene of T. maritima in E. coli.  Enzyme Laboratory, National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan.

January, 1997 - January, 1998: Visiting Scientist: worked on biodegradation of halogenated pesticides at Interuniversity Research Institute for Agrobiotechnology, Vienna Agricultural University under Austrian Academic Exchange (ÖAD) Fellowship Program.

December, 22 - 27, 1995: attended a UNESCO sponsored Regional Workshop on the Application of Microbial Biotechnology held at IIT, New Delhi, India.

August, 30 - October, 18, 1992: participated in an International training program in Industrial Biotechnology and worked on Yeast biomass production using UBICON control system at German National Center for Biotechnology (GBF), Braunschweig, Hannover, Germany.

July, 1984 - June, 1985: worked as Research Fellow in a Renewable Energy Research Project of Dhaka University.


PROFESSIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS HELD:

Chief Editor: Stamford Journal of Microbiology (2011-2012)

President: Bangladesh Society of Microbiologists (2010-2011)
 
General Secretary: Bangladesh-Japan Association for the promotion of Science & Technology (2007-2009) currently renamed as Asian Food Safety Association (AFSA).

President: Graduate Microbiologist Association (2000-2002).

President: Dhaka University Microbiology Alumni Association (2010-contd.).

Academic Advisor: Faculty of Science & Engineering, Stamford University Bangladesh (2004-2005)

Member: Editorial Board, DU Journal of Biological Sciences (1995, 2001)

House Tutor: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall, University of Dhaka (1992-2001)

Student Advisor, Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka (1994-1995)

Member: Biotechnology Product Development Committee, Ministry of Science & Technology, GOB (1995-96)

Member:  Biotechnology Research Center, Dhaka University (1995-96)

Member, Editorial Board, BSM journal


AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS RECEIVED:

United Nations University Fellowship (2001-2002): National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba Science City, Japan

Austrian Academic Exchange Fellowship (ÖAD) (1997-98):  IFA, Vienna, Austria

UNESCO Fellow (1995):  IIT, New Delhi, India

International Training Program (ITP) Fellowship (1992): German National Center for Biotechnology, (GBF) Braunschweig, Germany

Commonwealth Scholarship (1986-87): for the degree of PhD at the University of Strathclyde,  Glasgow, U.K.

Government Merit Award (1981): based on B.Sc. (Hons.) results


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ATTENDED:

DUMAA-US convention at Houston, Texas, USA (November 11-13, 2016) organized by DUMAA US chapter.

International Conference on Food safety & Security (September 15-18, 2016) organized by AFSA (3rd conference) at KIIT University, Bhubeneswar, Oddissa, India.

International Conference on Food Safety & Security (15-18 August, 2014) organized by AFSA (2nd conference) at Dong Nai University , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

International conference on Infectious diseases and Nanomedicine 2012 (15-18, December, 2012) organized by Nepalese Association of Medical Microbiology and Nepal Polymer institute held at Park Resort Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal.

International conference Going Global 2012 on Future Higher Education held in Queen Elizabeth Conference Hall, London (March 13-15, 2012) organized and sponsored by British Council, UK.

International Conference on Food Safety & Hygiene (March 2009) held in Nara Institute of Public Health, Nara, Japan.

2nd Japan-Bangladesh Joint International Conference on Microbiology Education & Japanese Collaboration (26-27, December 2006) sponsored by Kinki University, Nara, Japan.

South Asian Regional Conference on Food Safety & Hygiene (7, March 2006) sponsored by Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Tsukuba, Japan

The Molecular Biology Society of Japan (2002), Yokohama, Japan sponsored by United Nations University, Tokyo. Japan

JSBA Conference at Sendai, Japan (2002) sponsored by United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan

UJNR Conference at Tsukuba, Japan (2001) sponsored jointly by US-Japan National Research Council & National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan.

Biotech Industry in the 2005 A.D.(1998) in New Delhi, India  sponsored jointly by All India Biotech Association and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) (as Invited Speaker), India.

ITP Conference (1996) at GBF, Braunschweig, Germany sponsored by German National Center for Biotechnology, Germany.

Society of General Microbiology Conference (1990) at Swansea, Cardiff, U.K. sponsored by Society of General Microbiology, U.K.

Consultancy Record (National & International):

2017 (Team leader-DU Microbiology part): Last 100 metres funded by British Academy of Science ( A multinational project on water quality).

2015-2016 (Principal Investigator): Molecular characterization of pathogens associated with fresh produce and efficacy of different sanitizers in reducing the load of pathogens funded by MOST, GoB.

2014-2017 (Principal Investigator): Effect of climate change on the genetic diversity of microorganisms found in different regions of Bangladesh and construction of a microbial data bank- funded by the Ministry of Education, GOB.

2013-2014 (Principal Investigator): Prevalence of Burkholderia  pseudomallei –a causative agent of Melioidosis,  in soils of different areas of Bangladesh- funded by UGC.

2013-2014 (Principal Investigator): Assessment of survivability of pathogenic bacteria in raw fresh vegetables through in vitro challenge test funded by MOST, GOB

2013-2014 (Principal Investigator): Survival and growth of human pathogens in fresh and minimally processed vegetables and the efficacy of electrolyzed water and GRAS chemicals in the removal of pathogens funded by UGC-DU

2012-14 (ASPM): Strategies to reduce the burden of influenza virus in the slums of Bangladesh: funded by World Bank (HEQEP Project).

2011-2013 (Principal Investigator): Molecular Characterization of the Pathogens Associated with Export Quality Frozen Shrimp to determine Antibiotic Resistant Genes and Virulent Properties funded by Ministry of Education, GOB under Grants for Advanced Research in Science.

2006-2007 (Principal Investigator): Shrimp hygiene & Safety: funded by National Food Research Institute (under MAF) Tsukuba, Japan.

2002-2004 (Principal Investigator): Microbial cellulases: funded by United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.

1998-1999 (Principal Investigator): Municipal waste management: funded by MOSICT, GOB under special allocation.

1998-1999(Principal Investigator): Study of bacterial dehalogenases: funded by MOSICT, GOB

1994-1995 (Principal Investigator): Bioprocess development: funded by Biotechnology Research Center, Dhaka University

1994-1996 (Principal Investigator): Production of yeast & yeast derivatives: funded by MOSICT, GOB


PUBLICATIONS:

As of today total paper published 77

In International journals: 22

In National journals: 55


OTHER SOCIAL & PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Founder Member, Board of Trustees, Port City International University, Chittagong (2013-contd.)

Member:  Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (2014- contd.)

Champion:  F.H. Hall Debate Competition, DU (1980)

Member: Society for General Microbiology, UK (1990)

Life Member:  Bangladesh Society of Microbiologists

Member:  Molecular Biology Society of Japan

Life Member:  EDAPHOS (Soil Science Society)

Life Member: Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS)

General Secretary:  Bangladesh Association, Scotland, U.K. (1987-1988)


PERSONAL:  
Married, Father of two children
Date of birth: 31 December 1957

 

COUNTRY VISITED: 

United Kingdom, Germany, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Austria, Japan, Vietnam and USA.