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Satter, Dr. Syed Moinuddin

Project Coordinator
Emerging Infections
Infectious Diseases Division
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Syed Moinuddin

“Emerging pathogens, including the SARS-CoV-2, Nipah virus, Rotavirus, fascinate me a lot; there are just too many unknowns.”  

I was a cricketer and was quite good at it. When I was in medical school, I wanted to become a sports physician but was probably destined to be a scientist working on emerging pathogens, of which some have pandemic potential. My knowledge and expertise in epidemiology helped me undertake the national rotavirus surveillance that produced the evidence for policymakers to consider the inclusion of the rotavirus vaccine in the national immunization programme. I have also worked on cholera and intussusception. From 2012, I have conducted studies and surveillance on infectious diseases in collaboration with the CDC, USA; USAID, WHO, GAVI, BMGF, CDC Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Presently, I am leading icddr,b’s outbreak response initiative and hospital-based Nipah virus surveillance in partnership with the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (IEDCR), Bangladesh, and CDC, USA. I am also leading nationwide norovirus epidemiological studies since 2018. In 2018, we successfully investigated and mitigated the ever largest Hepatitis E outbreak of Bangladesh in Chattogram.

In recognition of pioneering work on rotavirus diarrhea among the young Bangladeshi children, I received “PSF-AMAH Siddique Memorial Award-2016”. As a young scientist, I received the “ICEID 2018 Leaders program award” to contribute to emerging pathogens research in Bangladesh.

Since early 2020, I have also been working on sero-surveillance of Covid-19, which is very important to control the disease, as it requires detecting asymptomatic and mild infections.

Why I work at icddr,b:

icddr,b’s research provides the basis for public health measures in Bangladesh and the global South and saves lives. I see this as a rare opportunity for anyone to have a career in science. It is indeed very gratifying to see my work translated into policies and programmes and impacting people's health and well-being.     

Future Plans:

I will continue to work on emerging pathogens, including the Nipah virus, for which we have a long cohort of patients.

2021 - till date

Assistant Scientist & Deputy Project Coordinator, icddr,b

2017 - 2020

Assistant Scientist, icddr,b

2012 - 2016

Medical Officer, icddr,b

2010 - 2011

Project Research Physician, icddr,b


MPH (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences

2009 - 2010

Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine, Ibne Sina Medical College

2008 - 2009

District Medical Officer, Health Programme (Malaria & TB), BRAC, Rangamati, Bangladesh

2007 - 2008

In charge and Medical Officer, Primary Health Care Programme, PHALS, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

2006 - 2007

Medical Officer, Post-operative Cardiac ICU, Al-Helal Cardiac Hospital


MBBS, Jahurul Islam Medical College and Hospital, Kishoregonj, Bangladesh