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2011 - present
Senior Scientist (International), Head, Nutritional Biochemistry Lab (NBL), Infectious Diseases Division, icddr,b
Senior Scientist & Head, NBL, Laboratory Sciences Division(LSD), icddr,b.
2008 - present
Head, Nutritional Biochemistry Lab, LSD, icddr,b.
2006 - 2008
Scientist, Immunology Lab, LSD, icddr,b.
Post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis, USA.
2002 - 2005
Associate Scientist, Immunology Lab, LSD, icddr,b.
1995 - 2002
Assistant Scientist, Immunology Lab, LSD,icddr,b.
1991 - 1995
icddr,b PhD student at Karolinska Institute.
My areas of specialization include immuno pathogenic mechanisms and host responses to infections, mainly in enteric diseases and tuberculosis. Understanding the impact of environmental toxicants on human health is another major area of investigation of our group.
Starting from pre-clinical to clinical trials, our group evaluates the impact of alternative/adjunct therapeutics in the treatment diarrheal and respiratory diseases, particularly shigellosis and tuberculosis with international and national partners.
Our infectious disease research further involves Phase I/II oral Shigella vaccine trial in adults and children in endemic settings.
Another area of interest is fetal origin of diseases, assessing pre-and postnatal nutritional and environmental factors that affect the immune system, growth and early markers of chronic diseases in children at different ages in a longitudinal mother-child cohort in rural Bangladesh.
Mitigating toxic effects of environmental pollutants/toxicants through community based intervention and examining the relationship with immune function are active areas of research of our group.
2009 - 2012
Two global patents jointly with two Swedish and one Icelandic Scientists. The invention relates to compounds which are active as drugs for stimulating the innate antimicrobial peptide system and can be used for treatment of infections mainly diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections including tuberculosis. These are WO/2009/087474 and WO2012140504
One patent on a Tuberculosis diagnostic method(Patent No. 7,638,271)
2008 - 2009
Awarded by The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) based in Italy for a project involving research on Pediatric TB
Awarded by the Ellison Medical Foundation Fellowship in Nutrition and Infection
1999 - 2004
Editor of the journal “Microbes and Infection” from Elsevier, Éditionsscientifiquesetmédicals Elsevier SAS, Paris cedex, France
Scientific Advisory Committee, Vaccines AgainstShigella and ETEC (VASE) Conference
2009 - 2015
Member of the Ethical Review Committee, ICDDR,B
2007 - 2012
Member of the Scientific Council, ICDDR,B
2008 - present
Member of the American Society for Nutrition, Bethesda, USA
1995 - present
Member of the International Cytokine Society, Georgia, USA
1996 - present
Member of the Bangladesh Biochemical Society, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dhaka University, Bangladesh