4th IPFS-ICBHA 2019-GNOBB Conference

November 11 - 13, 2019 | Dhaka, Bangladesh

 Keynote Speakers


Invited Speakers 

Keynote Speakers for 4th ICBHA-IPFS Conference 2019

Dr. Mohammed Rahmatullah : GNOBB Award Lecture 1

Dr. Mohammed Rahmatullah obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the then Department of Biochemistry, University of Dhaka, and obtained his PhD from the Department of Biochemistry, University of Hong Kong in 1982. He then worked in various capacities at Kansas State University, Auburn University and Weis Center for Research till 2000. After returning to Bangladesh, he joined in Khulna University first as Professor and Head of the Department of Biotechnology and later also as Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences. In 2002, Dr. Rahmatullah joined the University of Development Alternative (UODA) as Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, a position he is holding there at present. Besides Dean, Professor Rahmatullah has also served UODA as Pro-Vice Chancellor from 2008 till 2017. His research interest lies in ethnopharmacology of medicinal plants of Bangladesh. At present he has more than 70 PubMed, over 250 SCOPUS, and over 700 Google Scholar abstracted publications. His citation number is over 11,000, and he has an h-index score of 55 and i10-index score of 191.

Dr. Abidur Rahman : GNOBB Award Lecture 2

Dr. Abidur Rahman currently works as Associate Professor at the Department of Plant Bio Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University, Japan. He completed his M.Sc. from Dhaka University, Ph.D. from Kobe University, Japan, and postdoctoral studies from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. His group’s research work is focused on hormonal regulation of plant development at both optimal and stressed conditions, understanding the role of actin in plant development, and the mechanism of selective herbicidal action of auxinic herbicides. In addition, the group is also focused on understanding the root transport mechanism of several metals. He has published more than 40 papers in high impact plant journals and has been serving as editorial board member of several reputed journals. According to Google scholar, till August 2019 his work has been cited for 2485 times and 1261 times in last 5 years.


Dr. Adam Price : Technical Session 1a: Innovations in Crop Science 

Professor Adam Price is a rice geneticist with 28 years of experience conducting genetic mapping research mostly related to sustainability in its widest sense (water use efficiency, drought resistance, root growth, resistance to pests and diseases) and to grain quality, especially grain arsenic. He graduated with BSc in Biochemistry from York and a PhD in Plant Biochemistry from Sheffield before working as a postdoctoral research assistant at both Lancaster and Bangor Universities. He has over 100 paper mostly on rice genetic mapping. His current interest is in exploiting regional genetic diversity in rice through association mapping, alternate wetting and drying as water saving and arsenic reducing irrigation method in rice, and resistance to nematodes.


Dr. Matsuo Uemura : Technical Session 1b: Agronomics and Plant Development 

Dr. Matsuo Uemura is a Professor, Department of Plant-biosciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University (Morioka, Japan). He also serves as the Dean of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences of Iwate University since this April and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada) since 2012. He earned his M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1984) from the Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan). After Ph.D., he worked at Cornell University (Ithaca, USA) twice in 1986-1989 and in 1991-1998 before coming to Iwate University. He has published 90+ papers and 70+ book chapters/reviews in plant science, and co-edited a book “Cold Hardiness in Plants: Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology and Physiology (CABI Publishing) and Survival Strategy in Extreme Cold and Desiccation (Springer). His research interest includes the membrane participation in plant cold acclimation and freezing injury and the molecular and physiological aspects of adaptation processes to low temperatures in plants.

Dr. Sharmila Chattopadhyay : Technical Session 3b: Epigenetics and Signal Transduction

Dr. Sharmila Chattopadhyay has experience working in plant proteomics, plant defense signaling mechanism, pathway engineering on therapeutically important plant secondary metabolites, and scientific validation of traditional knowledge on Indian medicinal plants. She obtained her Masters and PhD degree from the Department of Botany, Visva Bharati University, Santinikatan, India on Plant Biology. Dr. Chattopadhyay did her Post Doctoral research in ATO-DLO, Wageninnen, The Netherlands. After returning  to India she joined in DBT-PDF in Bose Institute, Kolkata followed by  joining as Research Scientist in CSIR-IICB, Kolkata. She has published more than fifty papers in international/national journals of high repute along with several book chapters and patents. Presently her group is actively engaged, through an integrated molecular and physiological analysis, to unravel the intricate molecular mechanism of the interactions of GSH with plant defense signaling molecules to combat environmental stress.  

Dr. Haseena Khan : Technical Session 4a: Plant and Microbes interaction & immunity

Dr. Haseena Khan, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka and Fellow and Associate Secretary, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences is well known for her research on jute molecular biology. Her group collaborated to decode the jute genome. Her team has also decoded the Hilsa genome. Dr. Khan’s team is continuing the work to understand the reasons for migration of Hilsa from sea to fresh water which would in the future allow delineating conditions for growing the fish in fresh water. She works with the government in different capacities. As a consultant, she helped in the development of the National Biotechnology Guidelines. She also serves as board of members in multiple national science institutes.  She also served on the Board of Studies (2016 – 2018), Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, South Asian University New Delhi, India. Dr. Khan recently became a Fellow of The World Academy of Science.  She is also a recipient of multiple prestigious national awards, like Bangladesh Academy of Science-M.O. Ghani Memorial Gold Medal award, Kazi Mahbubullah Gold Medal award, Moni Singh - Farhad Memorial Trust Award and more recently the Independence Day Award, 2019.

Dr Xiaojie Wang : Technical Session 5a: Innovations in Food and Feed Biotechnology

Dr. Wang is currently working as an associate professor in the college of plant protection, Nortwest A&F University, China. He did Ms and PhD from Northwest A&F University and BS from Laiyang Agricultural College, China. Pucciniastriiformis Westend. f. sp. tritici Eriks (Pst), causes devastating stripe rust disease in wheat worldwide. Dr. Wang’s research mainly focuses on the identification of Pst virulence factors and host response regulators during Pst-wheat interactions, especially focus on the Pst haustorium, a specialized infection structure to take nutrients from their host, and establish an intimate feeding relationship, and the host hypersensitive response (HR) to restrain the Pst growth and reproduction. He was awarded as the National “Creative Intellectual Pushing Program” Youth and Middle-Aged Leading Scientist Program scientist and as the “Ten-Thousand Program” Youth Top Intellectual Scientist of the Central Human Resource in 2015. Also he was awarded from the National Excellent Youth Science and Technology Foundation in 2014 and won the national “Hundred Ph.D. Dissertations” in 2011. Over 60 research papers have been published in scientific journals, including Nature Communications, the Plant Journal, etc., of which more than 40 have been included by SCI.

Dr. Jianchun Qin : Technical session 6a: Phytochemical Analysis

Dr. Jianchun Qin completed his B.Sc. Degree (Plant protection) in 2001 and his M.Sc. Degree (Phytochemistry) in 2006 at Northwest A&F University. In 2009, he acquired his Ph.D. degree (Natural Product Chemistry) from Northwest A&F University and the University of Gottingen in Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Jin-Ming Gao and Hartmut Laatsch. In 2011, he carried out postdoctoral research on Plant Natural Product Biosynthesis with Prof. Xiang-Li at Jilin University. At present, he works as a professor of college of plant science in Jilin University. His current research interests focus on natural product chemistry and functional food chemistry.


Dr. Wais Kabir : Technical Session 7a: Agricultural and Food security for sustainable development

Dr. Wais Kabir, obtained his bachelor of Science degree in Agri Engineering from Bangladesh Agricultural University. Later he completed his Masters degree from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Ph.D. in the field of water management from Central Luzon University, Philippines. He did his postdoctoral research in Kansas State University, USA. He also received professional trainings in diversified fields of agriculture and research management at home and abroad.   He led National Agricultural Research System (NARS) as Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council for about five years. He served in government functionaries, worked with donors and the private sector as well as with international forum FAO and SAARC. He contributed as a member of the international mission to review development programs supported by the donor agencies. Presently, Dr. Kabir is serving Krishi Gobeshona Foundation (Agri Research Foundation), a government sponsored autonomous research grant making body.

Dr. Nazmul Ahsan : Technical Session 7b: Fisheries and Livestock Biotechnology

Dr. Md. Nazmul Ahsan is currently serving as Professor at the Fisheries and Marine Resource Technology (FMRT) Discipline at Khulna University. He completed his B.Sc and M.S from Fisheries Faculty of Bangladesh Agricultural University and later obtained his second masters, PhD and post-doc from the University of Tokyo, Japan. During his higher studies in Japan, Dr. Ahsan worked on biochemical and molecular properties of cold adaptive proteolytic enzymes from fish and shrimp and later applied biotechnological tools to overproduce those enzymes through bacteria and yeast host systems. Dr. Ahsan has been a member of many professional societies at home and abroad and published over 40 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, country papers, policy reports and factsheets and presented his research findings in many seminars and symposia across the globe.


Dr. Akio Ebihara : Technical Session 9a: Medical and Nano biotechnology

Dr. Akio Ebihara

Dr. Akio Ebihara is currently working as a Professor of Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences, Gifu University, Japan. He received B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Tsukuba, Japan. His main area of Ph.D. work is Biotechnology. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher (2001-2006) and a team leader (2006-2008) at RIKEN SPring-8 center (Japan), and has been trained as a protein X-ray crystallographer. Since 2008, Dr. Ebihara is working as a faculty of Gifu University. His research interests are structure-based understanding of protein function and enzymatic catalysis, production of recombinant protein for clinical applications, and developing a point-of-care-testing of a biomarker. He has extensively investigated a series of proteins involved in Renin-Angiotensin System, which is a key component of blood pressure homeostasis. Dr. Ebihara is a liaison between University of Dhaka and Gifu University. He is also working as an academic coordinator of “International Joint Master's Degree Program in Food Science and Technology between Indian Institute Technology Guwahati and Gifu University.

Dr. Niyaz Ahmed : Technical Session 9b: Genomics, bioinformatics and computational biology

Dr.  Niyaz Ahmed, FNASc, FRSC, FAAM. professor of University of Hyderabad (UoH), India is on leave and currently serving as Senior Director of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Dhaka. He is a renowned public health microbiologist .Prof. Ahmed’s main research interest is about how bacteria interact with humans and the environment. He is actively involved in the provisioning of high quality diagnostic services as a part of health systems approach to assist populations embattling high infection burden. Prof. Ahmed’s research work embodied in about 150 international publications remains highly cited and recognized.  Prof. Ahmed has been the recipient of the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2016), India’s highest science prize. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of India, the Royal Society of Biology (UK), the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). Prof. Ahmed edits Gut Pathogens journal published by Springer/Nature (London) and serves as Chief Editor since 2009.

Dr. D K Mitra : Technical Session 10a: Immunology, Medical microbiology & emerging infectious disease.

Professor Dipendra Kumar Mitra works in AIIMS since 2004. He is an MD, Ph.D, trained in Stanford in the laboratory where flow cytometry was invented by Professor L.A. Herzenberg. Currently he chairs the Department of Transplant Immunology & Immunogenetics, at AIIMS.

Dr. Mitra’s area of research interest is to understand the role of various lymphocyte subsets, particularly at local pathological site in disease pathogenesis. His current research focuses on local immune response among patients with chronic intracellular infections (TB, Leishmaniasis, Sarcodiosis, Leprosy, HIV-TB), Rheumatoid Arthritis and transplant patients. He is also working on TB Vaccine trials. His laboratory also offer diagnosis services for patient with leukaemia and immune deficiency disorders.


Dr. Firdausi Qadri : Technical Session 10b: Epidemiology and Environmental health Research

Firdausi Qadri is Senior Scientist and Head, Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Unit, Infectious Diseases Division at icddr,b. Her work has involved the planning and implementation and setting up of research priorities in the field of vaccines and infectious diseases relevant to Bangladesh and globally. Her interests involve laboratory, clinical and field implementation of enteric vaccines.  Using immunological, molecular biological and high throughput genomic and proteomic studies which include epidemiology and surveillance, the team within her unit work on natural infections and vaccine related responses which have led to large field trials in Bangladesh. Special interests include are infections caused by V. cholerae, ETEC, Salmonella spp, Helicobacter pylori and Hepatitis E Virus


Dr. Nasir Uddin : Technical Session 11a: Non-communicable diseases & Personalized Medicine

Dr. M. Nasir Uddin, FAHA is the Founder Executive & Scientific Director of Orion Institute for Translational Medicine and Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emergent Biotechnology, LLC., Temple, Texas. Dr. Uddin is serving as Associate Professor of Medical Physiology at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. He is also serving as an Adjunct Professor of Texas Bioscience Institute. Dr. Uddin is a Visiting Professor and Founding Coordinator of Department of Public Health at North South University, Bangladesh. Dr. Uddin is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and also serves as a Councilor of the Central Texas Society for Clinical and Translational Research. His research currently focuses on two diseases of high unmet medical need: preeclampsia (hypertension during pregnancy) and gynecologic cancer, in particular ovarian cancer. He has published more than 150 peer reviewed articles.  He is a member of several professional societies and also a peer review member of several Journals and funding agencies at USA and several other countries.  

Dr. Sibgat A. Chowdhury : Technical Session 11b: Pharmaceutical & Industrial Biotechnology

Dr. Choudhury is currently working as Director, Research and Development at Metamark Genetics Inc., a Biotechnology company involved in the diagnosis and management of prostate and bladder cancer along with other urologic conditions. He was instrumental in developing the first protein based prognostic test for prostate cancer using quantitative multiplex immunofluorescence (QMIF) platform which is currently available for prostate cancer patients in USA. Dr. Choudhury did his undergraduate and graduate studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He studied Molecular Biology at Long Island University, NY and later completed his PhD from McGill University, Canada under Dr. Terry Chow, who did pioneering work on DNA repair mechanisms using yeast as a model system. After completing his PhD, Dr. Choudhury worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School as a Research Fellow. Dr. Choudhury published many articles in international peer-reviewed journals and his research works were also mentioned in Scientific Newspapers and Bulletin. He also has a patent on “Methods for treating, preventing and predicting risk of developing breast cancer.”