Have been responsible for teaching Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and
Biotechnology at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
University of Dhaka for more than 19 years. Am teaching on a voluntary
basis at the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, DU,
since the latter's inception in 2001. Have been extensively involved
in designing and supervising Masters and 4th year
honors practical as well as training of students in current methods in
Biotechnology. Have brought in many international as well as local
grants (details below) and established a well-equipped Biotechnology
and Molecular Biology laboratory at the Department.
the Department of Biochemistry, University of Dhaka, since December
1997 to date. Have been teaching molecular
biology to under
graduate students and molecular
biology and plant
master's students. Have supervised M.Sc thesis of more than 40
students/research associates in plant biotechnology and plant
molecular biology. Two students have received M. Phil. And two have
received Ph.D. degrees under my supervision. Currently have 2 more
Ph.D. and 1 M.Phil. students as well as graduate research associates
at the moment (2008).
Co-Principal Investigator with
IRRI scientists on development of rice varieties suited to adverse
soils under a Generation
Challenge program. Details
of partnership and work published in 'Partners and Product
Highlights, 2006', whose web copy is available currently atwww.generationcp.org.
This work has put Dhaka University and my laboratory as a partner
Awards for Visiting Scientist
Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University
of Texas at Austin, USA, August 15-December 15, 2005. Awarded Norman
Borlaug fellowship for this work as first Bangladeshi to receive
Visiting Scientist at USDA
research station at Beaumont, Texas, USA: August
Visiting Research Fellow at
PBGB & CSWS Division, IRRI: IRRI-PETRRA
Bangladesh project on development of high yielding rice varieties
for the coastal wetlands of Bangladesh. June 11-29, 2002 and June
16-20, 2003. Supervision and report writing on fine mapping of the
major QTL of Pokkali.
Visiting Scientist, IRRI,
January-March 1998: Cloning, subcloning
and transformation inE.coli and Agrobacterium.
Organizing Faculty and Update in
Secretary and Organizer of Conference
on promotion of Biotechnology in Bangladesh, National and
International Perspectives, April 4-7, 2007, Dhaka, Bangladesh,http://www.promotebiotechbd.net
Organizer & Faculty: International
Practical Workshop on 'Novel DNA markers for crop improvement',
sponsored by ICGEB and
jointly organized by the Department of Botany and Biochemistry,
University of Dhaka 4-13th November,
Participant: USDA sponsored
Two-week Cochran Fellowship program in USA on current status of crop
transformation, IPR and Biosafety issues, August 15th to
September 3, 2001.
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International and National Collaborative links:
Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) -joint
collaborative research. Md. Sazzadur Rahman, SO, Physiology Division of
BRRI, completing research work on Marker aided selection for production
of saline tolerant rice.
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
Co-PI of joint projects. MOU with Dhaka University and IRRI arranged.
Program (GCP) partner
in International Agricultural Research.
research Reports at conferences
invited speaker at
Alumni on, 'Biotechnological solutions for sustainable crop production
in the changing environment of Bangladesh', February 2008.
'Status of Dhaka University Biotechnological Research, November, 2002,
Plenary Lecture at
Annual Conference of the Bangladesh Association of Plant Tissue Culture
and Biotechnology, BRRI auditorium, Gazipur, December 2002, entitled,
'Progress and Potential in Rice Research'
Meijo University, Nagoya Japan, December, 2003, on 'Characterization and
genetic variation of the traditional coastal rice cultivars of
Bangladesh' during International Symposium on Abiotic Stress Tolerance
'Research at the DU Affiliated center' (Plant Biotechnology and Genetics
laboratories of Biochemistry and Botany) of ICGEB in Board of Governors
meeting, November, 2004.
'Biotechnology and Genetic Modification for Crop Improvement in
Bangladesh' in Report from Regional Public Hearing Workshop on GMO, 12th February,
2006, organized by IUCN, IPSU-MoEF, DANIDA and Orbicon.
Invited by UGC to
be part of Team for World Bank Sponsored Study on, 'A Strategic Plan for
Higher Education', submitted in August 2006.
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Ex-member, Board of Trustees, Bangladesh Rice
Member, Editorial Board, Bangladesh Plant
Tissue Culture and Biotechnology (BAPTCB) Journal.
Life Member, Bangladesh Association of Plant
Tissue Culture and Biotechnology (BAPTC&B)
Life member Bangladesh Biochemical and
Molecular Biology Society (BMBS)
Life member, Graduate Biochemists
- My laboratory is
part of the Affiliated Center jointly with the Department of Botany for
the International Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).
Laisa A. Lisa, Sabrina M. Elias, M. Sazzadur
Rahman, Saima Shahid, Tetsushi Iwasaki, Mahbub Hasan, Keiko Kosuge,
Yasuo Fukami and Zeba I. Seraj (2011).
Physiology and gene
expression of the rice landrace Horkuch
under salt stress. Functional Plant Biology, 38:
Rejbana Alam, M. Sazzadur Rahman,
Zeba I. Seraj, Michael J. Thomson, Abdelbagi M. Ismail, Ellen
Tumimbang-Raiz and Glenn B. Gregorio (2010). Investigation of
seedling-stage salinity tolerance QTLs using backcross lines derived
from Oryza sativa L. Pokkali. Online version published already.
Saima Shahid, Sabrina M. Elias, Sudip
Biswas, Zeba I. Seraj (2010). READS- a resource for plant
non-coding regulatory sequence analysis.
Plant Tissue Cult. & Biotech. 20:
J. Thomson, Marjorie de Ocampo, James Egdane, M. Akhlasur Rahman,
Andres Godwin Sajise, Dante L. Adorada, Ellen Tumimbang-Raiz, Eduardo
Blumwald, Zeba I. Seraj, Rakesh K. Singh, Glenn B. Gregorio and
Abdelbagi M. Ismail (2010). Characterizing the Saltol Quantitative
Trait Locus for Salinity Tolerance in Rice.
M. Sazzadur Rahman, Keshob C. Das, Dipok K.
Das, Kuntal Biswas, M. Badrul H. Chowdhury, Nilufer H. Karim, M. Abdus
Salam and Zeba I. Seraj (2010). Breeding and anther-derived
lines of rice for saline coastal areas of Bangladesh. Bang J Bot
S.M. Touhidul Islam,
R.S. Tammi, Sneh L Singla-Pareek, Z.I. Seraj (2010).
Enhanced Salinity Tolerance and improved yield properties in Bangladeshi
rice Binnatoa through Agrobacterium Mediated Transformation of PgNHX1
from Pennisetum glaucum. Acta Physiol Plant
SM Touhidul Islam, Rumana S. Tammi,
Richard Malo, Mahzabin Amin, M. Sazzadur Rahman, Sabrina M. Elias and
Zeba I. Seraj
expression of OsNHX1 under the promoter Actin1D can
improve the tolerance and yield
characteristics of Bangladeshi rice Binnatoa in salt stress.
Australian J. of Crop
Sci 3: 329-335.
Islam, Rumana S. Tammi, Sneh_Lata Singla-Pareek and Zeba I. Seraj
Transformation and Constitutive Expression of PgNHX1 from Pennisetum
glaucum L. in Oryza sativa L. cv. Binnatoa.
Tissue Cult. & Biotech. 19: 25-33.
Islam and Zeba I Seraj (2009). Vacuolar Na+/H+
antiporter expression and salt tolerance conferred by actin1D and
CaMV35S are similar in transgenic Binnatoa rice. Plant
Tissue Cult. & Biotech. 19: 257-262.
MA Salam, MR Islam, MS Rahman,
MA Rahman, MAR Bhuiyan, ZI Seraj, TL Aditya, MK Uddin, MK Mandal,
AM Ismail, DL Adorada, RD Mendoza, EB Tumimbang-Raiz and GB Gregorio
(2010). In Tropical Deltas and coastal zones: Food production,
communities and environment at the land-water interface. Eds: CT Hoanh
et al. CAB International. Pp 183-198.
Hossain Mahabub and Seraj Zeba I
(2008). Biotechnology for crop improvement: global status and potential
gains for Bangladesh. In: ‘Emerging issues in Bangladesh economy’, ed,
Osmani SR, CPD, University Press Ltd, Dhaka, pp 83-100.
Laisa A. Lisa, M. Rafiqul Islam, Rokeya Begum and Deepok K. Das (2006).
Genetic diversity of saline coastal rice (Oryza sativa L.)
landraces of Bangladesh.
Abiotic stress tolerance of plants. Towards the improvement of global
environment and food. Eds.: Rai, Aswani K and Takabe, Teruhiro,
SpringerVerlag, pp. 229-244
Seraj ZI, Rasul NM, Das KC, Biswas K, Salam MA, Gomosta
AR,Tumimbang E, Adorada D, Gregorio G, Bennett J.
(2004). Breeding rice for salinity tolerance using the Pokkali
allele: finding a linked DNA marker. In:In Vitro Culture,
Transformation and Molecular markers for Crop Improvement. Ed. Islam AS.
Science Publishers, Inc., USA, pp 157-170.
Seraj Z I,
Khan H, Sarker RH, Khan S N and Islam AS (2004). Harnessing
Biotechnology. In: Bangladesh in the New Millenium, A Dhaka University
Study. Ed. Abul Kalam, University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh, pp
Hossain MB, Rasul NM, Akhter , Khan H, Hossain S, Salam MA and Gregorio
G (2002). Agrobacterium mediated transformation of Bangladesh indica
rice for conferring salt tolerance. In: R. Ahmad and KA Malik
(eds.). Prospects for saline agriculture. Pages 167-176. Kluwer
Islam AS, Haque MM, Hoque MI and Seraj ZI
(1992). Tissue Culture and micropropagation of jute (Corchorus
spp.).InBiotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry Vol. 19 High tech and
Micropropation III. Ed. YPS Bagaj. Springer Veriag,Berlin, Heidelberg PP
Knowler JT, McGregor CW and Islam Z
(1986), Ribonuleooprotein particles containing heterogenous nuclear RNA.
In Nuclear Structures: Their isolation and characterization (MacGillivray
A J and Birnie G D eds.) PP 118-129. Butterworths Scientific, London.
Manuscripts submitted/in preparation
Aliya Ferdousi, Suhaila Rahman, Rejbana Alam,
Nazlee Sharmin, M. Sazzadur Rahman, Taslima Haque, Habibul B. Shozib,
Saima Shahid, M. Noorjahan Begum, Jesmin and Zeba I. Seraj.
Investigation of DNA markers and pre-miR408 sequence across Saltol
in Pokkali rice and different mapping populations. Being Re-Revised
after submission to Theoretical Applied Genetics in April
and then Oct 2010.
Relative sequence divergence of plant miRNA
precursors involved in stress responses.Sajib
Chakraborty, Saima Shahid , Rajib Chakravorty , Zeba I. Seraj.
In preparation for the The Journal of Molecular Evolution.
Laisa A. Lisa, Sabrina M. Elias, M. Sazzadur
Rahman, Saima Shahid , Tetsushi Iwasaki, A. K. M. Mahbub Hasan, Keiko
Kosuge, Yasuo Fukami and Zeba I. Seraj. Physiology and gene expression
of the Rice (Oryza sativa L.) landrace Horkuch under salt stress
Submitted to Functional Plant Biology in November, 2010. Has been
reviewed once and is being edited for possible publication.
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