Heartiest congratulations to GNOBB president Dr. Zeba Islam Seraj for being appointed as the Chairperson of Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka, started from November 1st, 2018. This year also marks her achievement on being selected as a fellow of Bangladesh academy of sciences (BAS).
Professor Zeba I. Seraj has been teaching in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since 1988. Her courses include Plant Molecular Biology with emphasis on stress biology as well as Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology. She received her training in Molecular Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Universities of Glasgow (HnRNP particles of Rat Liver Proteins), where she received her Ph.D. in 1986 and University of Liverpool (Characterization of a bovine cDNA library) where she did a short Postdoc. After joining the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh in 1988, she has been mainly working on the Molecular Biology of Rice salinity tolerance. She also worked on Jute regeneration and transformation as well as characterization of constitutive and salt-inducible promoters.
Dr. Seraj has been collaborating with the International Rice research Institute where she has spent some time occasionally as a visiting scientist. She has spent a few months as a visiting scientist at UT, Austin and at the Rice Research Station at Beaumont, Texas. Her current professional duties apart from teaching and research include membership of the editorial panel of the Journal Bangladesh Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology and Membership of the Core Committee on Biosafety of the Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment, Government of Bangladesh, since 2009 to date. GNOBB wishes a very successful tenure of her new responsibility as the chairperson of Department of Biochemistry, DU.