5th ICBHA 2023 Conference

September 01 - 03, 2023 | Dhaka, Bangladesh

5th ICBHA Speaker List

Speakers for Plenary Session-1

 

Dr. Rod A. WING 

Dr. Rod A. WING

Bud Antle Endowed Chair Professor- School of Plant Sciences, The University of Arizona.
Professor, Plant Science Director, Center for Desert Agriculture, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Professor Wing (currently on leave from the University of Arizona) leads KAUST’s Center for Desert Agriculture which aims to find sustainable solutions to feed the world’s growing population without destroying the environment. Rod earned his B.A. in biochemistry at UC Berkeley and Ph.D. in genetics at UC Davis. After postdoctoral training at the USDA/UC Berkely Plant Gene Expression Center and Cornell, Rod moved through the professorial ladder at Texas A&M University, Clemson University, and the University of Arizona before moving to KAUST in 2019. Rod is best known for leading the USA effort to sequence the rice genome and is now focused on a deep understanding of the wild relatives of rice which contain a virtually untapped reservoir of genes that can be used for crop improvement and neodomestication.

Prof. Wing has published numerous articles in high-impact journals like Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, Nature Plants, PNAS, and Molecular Plant. Till today, his work has been cited more than 55,000 times.

 

Dr. Asadulghani 

Dr. Asadulghani
Dr. Asadulghani 

Head of Biosafety, icddr,b; Chairman, Bangladesh Biosafety and Biosecurity Society (BBBS); President, Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA); General Secretary, Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists (GNOBB); and Initiator FABA Bangladesh Chapter. 

Dr. Asadulghani is currently leading the Biosafety and Biosecurity program at icddr,b, and nationwide. From icddr,b, he is the technical lead and the Principal Investigator of the project on strengthening Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) analysis laboratory capacity under the first Fleming Fund Country Grant to Bangladesh. He is also the Principal investigator of the project, on qualifying the workforce for AMR surveillance in Asia and Africa, for Bangladesh.

Dr. Asadulghani received his MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Dhaka. He received his MPhil in the field of Molecular Genetics while working at icddr,b and Ph.D. from Saitama University, Japan, while working on the posttranscriptional regulation of HSP genes in Cyanobacteria. He then joined as a faculty at the University of Miyazaki, Japan, and worked with pathogenic E. coli strains and bacteriophages genes and genomes and demonstrated the mechanism for dissemination of virulence genes by defective prophages, induced by DNA-damaging antibiotics.

Dr Asadulghani has initiated the Nationwide Biorisk Management Program. Currently, is a member of the ISO Biorisk Management working group ISO/TC 212/WG5 representing the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA). He is also working as a member of different national bodies serving for the advancement of science and technology in the country. 

 

Ajith V. Kamath, Ph.D. 

Ajith V. Kamath, Ph.D. 
Ajith V. Kamath, Ph.D. 

Ex-Head, External R&D Pfizer
Advisor, Pandorum Technologies
Sr. Advisor, Mestatsop Solutions, Bangalore, India

Ajith Kamath has nearly 30 years of preclinical drug discovery experience, primarily at Pfizer Worldwide R&D, USA. Ajith obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science and carried out postdoctoral studies at the Univ. of Texas - Austin and Stanford University. Ajith joined Pfizer’s R&D center in Groton, CT, and Cambridge, MA, and worked there for 13+ years as an Associate Director. After 20 years in the US, he returned to India and served

as Sr. V.P. at Jubilant Biosys for four years. Ajith rejoined Pfizer as the Head of External R&D Innovation, Worldwide R&D, Pfizer, India, and successfully initiated collaborations with Indian pharma companies and academia. His team contributed to two drugs – one in the market and one in the clinical trial.

 

Ajith also worked at Mitra Biotech as Executive Director to lead their External Research efforts. Currently, Ajith is an Advisor to two start-up companies (i) Pandorum Technologies, focused on corneal blindness, lung and liver diseases, and (ii) Mestastop Solutions working on cancer metastasis. Ajith has more than 30 publications to his credit and is a member of the FABA executive committee. 

 

Speakers for Plenary Session-2

 

Dr. Md. Tofazzal Islam 

Dr. Md. Tofazzal Islam 
Dr. Md. Tofazzal Islam 

Professor and Founder Director, Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU).

Prof. Islam is an internationally reputed molecular biologist and biotechnologist. His current research foci include genomics, genome editing, and the application of plant probiotics for sustainable agriculture and food security in Bangladesh. Prof. Islam has published over 100 articles in SCI-indexed journals and received over 7,000 citations with an h-index of 48. Dr. Islam is an elected Fellow of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (FBAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). In recognition of his valuable contribution to Bangladesh’s agriculture, Dr. Islam received many awards including a Gold Medal from the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences in 2011, UGC Research Awards (2007 and 2011), the Commonwealth Innovation Award (UK) 2019, Transformer Road Show Innovation Award from Islamic Development Bank in 2018, ATN Bangla Unnayane Bangladesh Award 2021 and GNOBB award 2021 for Outstanding Senior resident Bangladeshi Scientist.

 

Dr. Hasan Zaki 

Dr. Hasan Zaki 
Dr. Hasan Zaki 

Associate Professor
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Zaki’s research is focused on exploring the complex interplay between the host immune system, diet, and gut microbiota in regulating inflammatory disorders including cancer. He made major contributions to understanding the physiological functions of several pattern recognition receptors (PRR) in health and diseases. His laboratory made a seminal discovery that high sugar diet predisposes and enhances the pathogenesis of colitis via modulation of gut microbiota composition. More recently, he discovered the mechanism of cytokine storm during COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Zaki has been consistently publishing in high-impact journals like Immunity, Cancer Cell, PNAS, e-life, etc. He has published over 40 journal articles with an H-index of 23. His research articles have been cited more than 4500 times. 

Dr. Zaki is the recipient of the GNOBB Award 2021 for Outstanding Senior Non-resident Bangladeshi Scientist.

 

Dr. Mirza Hasanuzzaman  

Dr. Mirza Hasanuzzaman
Dr. Mirza Hasanuzzaman


Professor of Agronomy
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka.

Dr. Hasanuzzaman’s research interest is in crop physiology, plant stress responses and tolerance, Metals/Metalloids toxicity, and phytoremediation. Dr. Hasanuzzaman has published over 200 articles in SCI-indexed journals and received over 25,500 citations with an h-index of 82. In recognition of his valuable contributions in the field of agriculture and plant physiology, he received numerous awards including the World Academy of Science (TWAS) Young Scientist Award 2014, UGC Gold Medal 2018, and Distinguished Scientists Award (2020) from AETDS, India. He is a fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS), the Royal Society of Biology, and a foreign fellow of The Society for Science of Climate Change and Sustainable Environment. Dr. Hasanuzzaman is the recipient of the GNOBB Award 2021 for Outstanding Early to Mid-Career resident Bangladeshi Scientist.

 

Dr. Mohammad Ariful Islam  

Dr. Mohammad Ariful Islam 
Dr. Mohammad Ariful Islam 


Principal Scientist/mRNA Drug Product Leader
Sanofi, USA

Dr. Mohammad Ariful Islam’s research is focused on drug development, mRNA/nucleic acid therapy, biomedical engineering, and nanomedicine. Dr. Islam has published more than 50 journal articles with an H index of 30. His research articles have been cited more than 4500 times. He also holds 4 international patents. In recognition of his valuable contributions to the field of biomedical science, he received numerous awards The Most Rising Young Bangladeshi Biotechnologists from NYBB, 2020; Recognition Award from Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School (2017); Discover Brigham Research Excellence Award from Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School (2016); Award for Research Excellence from Seoul National University (2013). Dr. Islam is the recipient of the GNOBB Award 2021 for Outstanding Early to Mid-Career Non-resident Bangladeshi Scientist.