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Emeritus Scientist, icddr,b; Acting Senior Director, Infectious Disease Division
Senior Director, Infectious Diseases Division, icddr,b
Adjunct Professor, Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences
2011 - 2015
Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences, icddr,b
Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Biotechnology Unit, BRAC University, Bangladesh
2002 - 2011
International Scientist, Laboratory Sciences Division, icddr,b
Senior Associate, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
1993 - 1995
Scientist and Head of Immunology Section, icddr,b
1988 - 1993
Associate Scientist, Immunology Section, Laboratory Sciences Division, icddr,b
1986 - 1988
Postdoctoral researcher, icddr,b
1981 - 1988
Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
My research focuses on infectious diseases, particularly those that are common in children in developing countries. As well as basic and applied immunology of infectious diseases, our work also encompasses clinical and large field-based studies on enteric vaccines.
Our vaccine and infectious disease research has a particular focus on cholera, enterotoxigenic E. coli diarrhoea, enteric fever due to Salmonella Typhi/Paratyphi and other pathogens common in resource-poor settings.
We have a particular interest in understanding the natural course of immune responses, including innate immunity, adaptive immunity, and T and B cell responses. We use a range of approaches, including genomic, proteomic and high-throughput studies, to explore these responses.
A further important goal is to promote the implementation of vaccines and rapid diagnostics in low- and middle-income countries, including technology transfer.
Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries
Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology
Member, Clinical Trial Coordinating Committee of the Bangladesh Drug Administration
Steering Committee Member of the GABRIEL Network, Fondation Mérieux
Professor C N R Rao Prize for contribution to scientific research from the World Academy of Sciences
Member of Global Task force on Cholera Control
Honorary International Fellow of American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Christophe & Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation Prize, French Academy of Sciences
Fellow of the the World Academy of Sciences
American Society For Microbiology Country Ambassador for Bangladesh
Member of the Committee of Action for Research, Extension and Services (CARES)
Member of the advisory group on Coalition for Cholera Prevention and Control
Member of Initiative against Diarrheal and Enteric diseases in Asia
Advisory Group Member of WHO Global Action Plan for influenza vaccines
Member of the Coalition against Typhoid
American Society for Microbiology Moselio Schaechter Award for scientific achievement
Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
Member of Bangladesh Medical Research Council and its Ethical Review Committee
2009 - 2012
Member of the Government of Bangladesh team to the World Health Organization as advisor on cholera in Executive Board Meeting and the World Health Assembly
US Panel member of US-Japan Cooperative Medical Science Program on ‘Cholera and other Bacterial Enteric Infections’
Member of Committee and Technical Committee on Drug Administration, Bangladesh
Member of the scientific advisory board, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh
Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, USA
Gold Medal for outstanding research in Biological Sciences for 2006 by the Bangladesh Academy of Science
Site director and mentor for Fogarty Clinical Research Scholars
2003 - 2008
Member, Steering Committee on Diarrhoeal Disease Vaccines, World Health Organization, WHO