August 31, 2016

DR. Md. Zohorul Islam

DR. Md. Zohorul Islam

Assistant Professor

Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,
Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Chittagong-4225, Bangladesh
Mobile: +4571396466
E-mail: zois@sund.ku.dk, zahir_vet@yahoo.com

Biography

Dr. Md. Zohorul Islam graduated in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) in 2010. He received his MS degree in Microbiology in 2012 from the same university. Currently he is a doctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen, and Statens Serum Institut in Denmark.

Dr. Islam started his academic career as a lecturer of Microbiology in 2011 at Chittagong veterinary and Animal Sciences University. From 2014 to date, he is working as an assistant professor in the department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health, CVASU, Bangladesh.

His research and teaching interests include microbial genomics, microbial population structure, host-microbiome interaction, antimicrobial resistance mechanism, evolution of antimicrobial resistance, controlling the spread of drug resistant pathogens from animals to humans, and discovery of new strategies for the diagnosis and therapy of bacterial infections with the application of genomic tools.

 

Outside the regular research and academic activities, he writes science blog for general people. Currently he is an in-house science blogger at PLOS Early Career Researcher (ECR) community blog. http://blogs.plos.org/thestudentblog/author/zohorulislam/

Journal Publications

1) P.K. Biswas, M.Giasuddin, B.K.  Nath, M.Z. Islam, N.C. Debnath, M. Yamage. 2015. Biosecurity and Circulation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus H5N1 in Live Bird Markets in Bangladesh, 2012. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, (Article first published online: 14 DEC 2015, DOI: 10.1111/tbed.12454).

2) M. Das Gupta, A. Das, M.Z. Islam, P.K. Biswas. 2016. Prevalence of sorbitol non-fermenting shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in Black Bengal goats on smallholdings. Epidemiology and Infection. (In press).

3) Dhakal Laxman Bahadur, Dhakal Ishwari Prasad, Yadav Saroj, Kumar Ahaduzzaman Md., Islam Md. Zohorul, 2016, Prevalence and antibiotic resistance profile of Salmonella from livestock and poultry raw meat, Nepal, International Journal of Molecular Veterinary Research, 6(01): 1-23.

4) M.Z. Islam, J.P. Christensen, P. K. Biswas. 2014. Sorbitol non-fermenting shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in cattle on smallholdings. Epidemiology and Infection, 143: 94-104 (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268814000351).

5) J. Kar, A. Ahad, S.K. Nath, M.Z. Islam, M.S. Sarker. 2014. Haemato-Biochemical Aspects of Foot and Mouth Disease in Cattle in Chittagong, Bangladesh. J. Inf. Mol. Biol. 3 (3): 62 – 65 http://dx.doi.org/10.14737/journal.jimb/2015/3.3.62.65

6) Ahmed, S., Khatun, M. J., Islam, M. M., Khan, M. K. I., Mahmud, S. N., Noman, M. A. A. & Islam, M. Z. 2015. Effect of beef tallow on growth performance, carcass characteristics, meat composition, and lipid profile of growing lambs. Journal of Advanced Veterinary and Animal Research, 2 (3), 346-352. doi:10.5455/javar.2015.b96

7) M.Z. Islam, A. Musekiwa, K. Islam, S. Ahmed, S. Chowdhury, A. Ahad, P.K. Biswas. 2014. Regional variation in the prevalence of E. coli O157 in cattle: A meta-analysis and meta-regression. PLoS ONE 9(4): e93299. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093299).

8) P.K. Biswas, M.Z. Islam, N.C. Debnath, M. Yamagi. 2014. Modeling and Roles of Meteorological Factors in Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1. PLoS ONE 9(6): e98471. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098471).

9) A. Ahad, R.N. Thornton, M. Rabbani, T. Yaqub, M. Younus, K. Muhammad, A. Mahmood, M.Z. Shabbir, M. A. Kashem, M.Z. Islam, P. Mangtani, G.W. Burgess, H.M.Tun, M.A. Hoque. 2014. Risk factors for H7 and H9 infection in commercial poultry farm workers in provinces within Pakistan. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 117: 610-614, DOI: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2014.10.007

10) A.R.M.I.H. Ansari, M.M. Rahman, M.Z. Islam, B.C. Das, A. Habib, S.M.S.H. Belal, K. Islam. 2014. Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance profile of Escherichia coli and salmonella isolated from diarrheic calves. Journal of Animal Health and Production 2 (1): 12–15. (doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14737/journal.jahp/2014/2.1.12.15).

11) K. Islam, A. Ahad, A. Mahmood, M.M. Rahman, M.Z. Islam, M.H.B. Kabir, M. Barua, S. Chowdhury, M.K. Nasir, P.K. Biswas. 2014. Prevalence and Clinico–Pathological Features of Peste des Petits Ruminants in Different Breeds of Goats and their Response to Antimicrobial. Journal of Infection and Molecular Biology, 2(3): 43–48.
http://nexusacademicpublishers.com/table_contents_detail/2/327)

12) M.B. Hossain, M.Z. Islam, M.S. Bari, M.A. Torab, M.A.H. Mondal. 2014. Seroprevalence of Newcastle Disease virus in backyard chickens at Gazipur district of Bangladesh. International Journal of Natural Science 3(1-4): 22-25. (http://www.ijns.net/Archives/volume_three_issue_one2four/article%205.pdf).

13) M. Barua, F. Hossain, M.Z. Islam, K. Islam. 2014. Schistosomus reflexus syndrome, a congenital defect in ruminants; occurrence and management through caesarean section in dairy cow. Research Journal for Veterinary Practitioners, 2(3): 40–41.

(doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14737/journal.rjvp/2014/2.3.40.41).

14) M.Z. Islam, A. Ahad, P.K. Biswas. 2013. Antimicrobial resistance profile of sorbitol non–fermenting Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli isolated from smallholdings cattle. Journal of Infection and Molecular Biology, 1(4): 58–63. (http://nexusacademicpublishers.com/table_contents_detail/2/146)

15) P.K. Biswas, A.H. Sumon, H. Barua, M.Z. Islam, D. Biswas. 2013. Isolation, O-serotypic characterization and in vitro susceptibility of Escherichia coli isolates from chickens to five common antimicrobials used in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Veterinary and Animal Science, 2: 29-33.

16) P.K. Biswas, M.Z. Islam, S.K. Shil, R.K. Chakraborty, S.S.U. Ahmed, J.P. Christensen. 2012. Risk factors associated with anthrax in cattle on smallholdings. Epidemiology and infection, 140: 1888–1895. (doi:10.1017/S0950268811002408).

17) M.Z. Islam, S. Ahmed, S.A. Khan, M.B. Hossain. 2011. Significance of duck in the transmission of avian influenza virus. University Journal of Zoology Rajshahi University, 30: 77-79. (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/ujzru.v30i0.10759).

Awards and Fellowships

1) 2016: American Society for Microbiology agar art award, first place winner of ASM agar art contest 2016

 2) 2015: Conference attendance award from European Society or Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)

3) 2015: Full funded PhD fellowship, 1 April 2015, Section of Veterinary Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and Department of Microbiology and Infection Control, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark.

4) 2013: Best poster presentation award, 10th Annual Scientific conference, 6 April 2013, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh.

5) 2011: PRTC-DANIDA funded MS research grant 2010-2011, Poultry Research and training center, CVASU, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

6) 2010: Best academic performance (holding first position), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Scientific Training Accomplished

1) Infection Microbiology Module B (04 March- 17 March 2016), University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Content: Antimicrobial resistance and bacterial typing, Whole genome sequencing. (6 ECTS)

2) Infection Microbiology Module A (22 February-02 March 2016), University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Content: Details about pathogenic bacteria and the tools needed to study their gene regulation and virulence. (6 ECTS)

3) Introductory course on Responsible Conduct of Research (27 August, 2015), University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Content: Authorship and the Vancouver Guidelines, Documentation of scientific results and handling and keeping of scientific data, Intellectual property rights, Conflicts of interest and commitment and communication with the public. (2 ECTS credits)

4) One Health International Summer Course (13 April- August 21, 2015), University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Denmark. Content: Introduction to One Health and global challenges, One Health hazards, Source attribution and risk analysis, Surveillance, intervention and control, Communication and risk management, Case preparation, Risk management. (5 ECTS credits)

5) Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (8 June- 26 June, 2015), Denmark Technical University, Copenhagen, Demark, Content: Multi-disciplinary approach to microbiological risk assessment concerning food safety. (5 ECTS credits)

6) Workshop on Interactive Teaching and Learning at the Tertiary Level: Steps towards Quality and Excellence, 7-8 March, 2014, Organized by Green University, Bangladesh.

7) Workshop on Developing Research Communication Skills and Ethical Considerations, 18-20 February 2014, Organized by CVASU in collaboration with AuthorAID (UK), Bangladesh.

8) Training on Genomics and Bioinformatics Tools used in Computational Biology, 29-30 May, 2013, Organized by Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Bangladesh.

9) International Training workshop on Bioinformatics and computational biology in South Asian perspectives, 25 September, 2012, Organized by CVASU, CU and USTC, Bangladesh.

10) Techniques in Molecular Biology and their applications, 22-27 September, 2012, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Bangladesh.

11) Teaching Techniques and Methods of financial Management, 22-29 February, 2012, Poultry Research and Training Centre, CVASU, Bangladesh.

12) Practical Training (TOT) on Animal Birth Control by Non-surgical Sterilant, 19-20 September, 2010, Directorate general of Health Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

13) Internship Training on clinical activities, Health and Production Management of livestock and poultry, 01-15 May, 2009, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India.

14) Internship Training program, 16-30 May, 2009, Madras Veterinary College Teaching Hospital, Directorate of Clinics, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India.

15) Foundation Course of Computer Science and internet concept, 24 July- 30 August, 2004, Bay Softtech (pvt.) Ltd., Pentasoft, Chittagong Center, Bangladesh.

Advanced Online Courses

1) Gut Check Exploring Your Microbiome, online course offered from University of Colorado Boulder & University of Colorado System, USA

2) Genomic Data Science with Galaxy, Online course offered from Johns Hopkins University through Coursera, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

3) Introduction to Genomic Technologies, Online course offered from Johns Hopkins University through Coursera, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

4) Statistics for Genomic Data Science, Online course offered from Johns Hopkins University through Coursera, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

5) Bioconductor for Genomic Data Science, Online course offered from Johns Hopkins University through Coursera, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

6) Command Line Tools for Genomic Data Science, Online course offered from Johns Hopkins University through Coursera, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

7) Algorithms for DNA Sequencing, Online course offered from Johns Hopkins University through Coursera, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

8) Python for Genomic Data Science, Online course offered from Johns Hopkins University through Coursera, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

9) An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 1), Online course offered from Rice University through Coursera, Rice University, USA

10) An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 2), Online course offered from Rice University through Coursera, Rice University, USA

11) Bioinformatics Methods I, Online course offered from University of Toronto through Coursera, Instructor-Nicholas James Provart, Associate Professor, Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Canada.

12) Bioinformatics Methods II, Online course offered from University of Toronto through Coursera, Instructor-Nicholas James Provart, Associate Professor, Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Canada.

13) R Programming, Online course offered from Johns Hopkins University through Coursera, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

Competency

Classical Microbiology

General safety regulation of a microbiology laboratory, classical microbiological and common serological tests. Investigating the relationship between organisms and disease, including the control of epidemics and the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms. Outbreak investigation of microbial diseases, zoonosis and other public health hazards.

Molecular Microbiology

Hands on experience upon extraction of genomic DNA, Plasmid and RNA, Polymerase chain reaction, Plasmid profiling, Poly Acryl amide Gel Electrophoresis (PAGE), Plasmid vectored cloning, Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE), DNA sequencing, Spa typing, Multilocus Sequence typing (MLST), whole genome sequencing, amplicon sequencing for microbiome study

Bioinformatics

A good working command with Genomic database searching, BLAST, Sequence alignment, Primer designing basics, Phylogenetic analysis, Whole genome sequence analysis, genome annotation, genome assembly, metagenomics and microbiome sequence analysis and other basic tools of bioinformatics and computational biology.

Teaching Experience

1) General Microbiology (GMC 201, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh. 2011-

2) Immunology and Serology (IMS 302, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh. 2011-

3) Animal Hygiene (AHY 102, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh. 2012-

4) Virology (VIR 301, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh. 2012-

5) Veterinary Public Health (VPH 402, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh. 2014-

6) Food Microbiology (FMB 202, Bachelor of Food Science and Technology), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh. 2012-

 7) Mycology and Microbiology of Atypical bacteria (MMA-601, MSc in Microbiology), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh. 2013-

8) Techniques in Microbiology (TIM-601, MSc in Microbiology), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh. 2013-

9) Advance Systemic Virology (ASV-602, MSc in Microbiology), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh. 2014-

Conference and Seminar Contributions

1) Islam M Z, Christensen J P and Biswas P K: An Investigation on diversity of Escherichia coli from cattle in smallholdings while using selective media for O157 strains, Poster Abstract, 10th ASCON, 6th april,  CVASU, Bangladesh.

2) Islam M Z and Biswas P K: Prevalence of shiga toxin and haemolysin producing Escherichia coli from small cattle holdings in Bangladesh and the antimicrobial sensitivity profile of the isolates, Abstract, Seminar on Immunology, drug resistance & environment in relation to natural and synthetic drug development, 8 September, 2012, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Attended Conferences and Seminar

1) International Conference on One Health Antimicrobial Resistance (ICOHAR 2015), 30 September- 2 October 2015, Copenhagen Denmark.

2) 25th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECMID 2015), 25 - 28 April 2015, Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.

3) The 10th Annual Scientific Conference on “Emerging Food Challenges in Food, Health and Environment" 2014, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Chittagong, Bangladesh.

4) Seminar on Immunology, drug resistance & environment in relation to natural and synthetic drug development, held on 8 September, 2012, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

5) 26th Annual Conference of Bangladesh Society of Microbiologists on “Microbes and Environment”, held on 21 January, 2012, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

6) The 9th Annual Scientific Conference (ASCON-IX), 2012 Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Bangladesh on “Food Safety in Bangladesh: Issues and Challenges”, held on 7-8 March 2012, The Hotel Agrabad, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Professional Memberships

1) European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)

2) One World One Health: Bangladesh Initiative

3) American Society for Microbiology (ASM)-Global outreach member

4) Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)

5) Nature Publishing Group (NPG)

6) Bangladesh Society of Microbiologist, Bangladesh

7) Bangladesh Society for Veterinary Microbiology and Public Health (BSVMPH)

8) Bangladesh Veterinary Council Registered Veterinary Practitioner in Bangladesh

9) Bangladesh Veterinary Association

10) Bangladesh Agriculturist Association (Krishibid Institution), Bangladesh

11) Bongobundhu Agriculturist Association (Bongobundhu Krishibid Institution), Bangladesh

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