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Md. Zohorul Islam
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine


About
Qualifications
Honours
Publications


A highly motivated early-career researcher aiming to achieve an outstanding academic career in microbiology and infectious diseases. Currently, I am a postdoc at Harvard University, USA. My  research focuses on identifying new factor in human gut microbiome. Particularly, I want to elucidate the direct role of the gut microbiome to immune regulation. 



Research Interests



Experience


Teaching
•  Associate Professor in Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Chattogram, Bangladesh from Feb. 3, 2019 to Present
•  Assistant Professor in Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Chattogram, Bangladesh from March 2, 2014 to Feb. 3, 2019
•  Lecturer in Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Chattogram, Bangladesh from Oct. 20, 2011 to March 1, 2014

Administrative
•  Assistant Proctor in Proctor Office, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University from Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2015

Others
•  Postdoc in Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Harvard University from July 8, 2020 to Present


Teaching : Current Courses


Undergraduate
Course NameCourse CodeDepartment
Animal HygieneAHY 102Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
Food Hygiene and Veterinary Public HealthFHV-402Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
Food MicrobiologyFMB-202Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
General MicrobiologyGMC-201Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
Immunology and SerologyIMS-302Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
VirologyVIR-301Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health

Masters
Course NameCourse CodeDepartment
Advance Systemic VirologyASV-602Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
Molecular MicrobiologyMMB-602Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
Mycology and Microbiology of Atypical bacteriaMMA-601Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
Techniques in MicrobiologyTIM-601Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health


Contact

Email:
zois@sund.ku.dk
zahir_vet@yahoo.com

Cell Phone:   01716203510

Location

Ground floor, Old Academic building, Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health,
CVASU Khulshi campus.

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Qualifications


Educational Qualifications

Year

Certificate/degree

Institute/country

June 2018 

PhD (in Molecular Bacteriology and Infection)

Thesis: Transmission dynamics of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Denmark. 

University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

June 2012

M.Sc. (in Microbiology)

Thesis: An Investigation on clonal diversity of Escherichia coli from cattle in smallholdings while using selective media for O157 strains.

Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Chattogram, Bangladesh

 

April 

2010

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Chattogram, Bangladesh

2003

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), 

Section: Science

Govt. Azizul Hoque College, Bogra, Bangladesh

2000

Secondary School Certificate (SSC),

Section: Science

Harunza Namizan Aftabi High School, Joypurhat, Bangladesh


Trainings Received

 • ASM science teaching fellowship

  • Command Line Tools for Genomic Data Science by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera. The certificate earned on December 16, 2016
  • Algorithms for DNA Sequencing by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera. The certificate earned on December 14, 2016
  • Bioinformatic Methods I by the University of Toronto on Coursera. The certificate earned on November 20, 2016
  • Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome by University of Colorado Boulder & University of Colorado System on Coursera. The certificate earned on November 4, 2016
  • Python for Genomic Data Science by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera. The certificate earned on September 23, 2016
  • Genomic Data Science with Galaxy by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera. The certificate earned on September 1, 2016
  • Introduction to Genomic Technologies by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera. The certificateearned on June 29, 2016
  • Infection Microbiology Module A (22 February-02 March 2016), University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 
  • Infection Microbiology Module B (04 March- 17 March 2016), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • An introductory course on Responsible Conduct of Research (27 August 2015), University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 
  • One Health International Summer Course (13 April- August 21, 2015), University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Denmark. 
  • Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (8 June- 26 June 2015), Denmark Technical University, Copenhagen, Demark.
  • Workshop on Interactive Teaching and Learning at the Tertiary Level: Steps towards Quality and Excellence, 7-8 March 2014, Organized by Green University, Bangladesh.
  • Workshop on Developing Research Communication Skills and Ethical Considerations, 18-20 February 2014, Organized by CVASU in collaboration with AuthorAID (UK), Bangladesh.
  • Training on Genomics and Bioinformatics Tools used in Computational Biology, 29-30 May 2013, Organized by Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Bangladesh.
  • International Training workshop on Bioinformatics and computational biology in South Asian perspectives, 25 September 2012, Organized by CVASU, CU, and USTC, Bangladesh.
  • Techniques in Molecular Biology and their applications, 22-27 September 2012, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Bangladesh.
  • Teaching Techniques and Methods of Financial Management, 22-29 February 2012, Poultry Research and Training Centre, CVASU, Bangladesh.
  • Practical Training (TOT) on Animal Birth Control by Non-surgical Sterilant, 19-20 September 2010, Directorate General of Health Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • 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.
  • Internship Training program, 16-30 May 2009, Madras Veterinary College Teaching Hospital, Directorate of Clinics, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India.
  • Foundation Course in Computer Science and internet concept, 24 July- 30 August 2004, Bay Softtech (Pvt.) Ltd., Pentasoft, Chittagong Center, Bangladesh.

Honours


Acedemic Awards

2018- Lundbeck foundation international postdoctoral fellowship for postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School/ Joslin Diabetes Center, and the University of Copenhagen. Awarded by Lundbeck Foundation, Denmark.

2018- Gold Medal Award for the best academic performance in MS in Microbiology, session 2011-2012, CVASU, Bangladesh.

2018- Gold Medal Award for the best academic performance in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, season 2003-2004, CVASU, Bangladesh.

2017- ASM Microbe 2017 conference attendance grants from American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC, USA.

2017- Awarded for ASM young ambassador of sciences, American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC, USA.

2016- ASM Science Teaching fellow 2017, American Society for Microbiology. Washington DC, USA.

2016- Conference attendance grants for attending the International Symposium on Staphylococcus and Staphylococcal Infections (ISSSI 2016), Seoul, Republic of Korea.

2016- American Society for Microbiology agar art contest 2016, first-place winner for creative artwork on agar canvas using microbes. ASM agar art contest 2016, ASM, Washington DC, USA.

2015- Conference attendance grants from the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2015- Full funded PhD fellowship, University of Copenhagen, and Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2013- Best poster presentation award, 10th Annual Scientific conference, 6 April 2013, CVASU, Bangladesh.

2011- PRTC-DANIDA funded MS research grant 2010-2011, Poultry Research and training center, CVASU, Chattogram, Bangladesh.


Publications


Journal Publications

  1. Ahmed, S., Das, T., Islam, M.Z. et al. High prevalence of mcr-1-encoded colistin resistance in commensal Escherichia coli from broiler chicken in Bangladesh. Sci Rep 10, 18637 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-75608-2.
  2. M.Z. Islam, T.B. Johansen, B. Lilje, T.R. Urth, A.R. Larsen, Ø. Angen, J. Larsen. 2020. Investigation of the human nasal microbiome in persons with long- and short-term exposure to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other bacteria from the pig farm environment. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0232456.
  3. A. Dutta, M.Z. Islam, H. Barua, E.A. Rana, M.S. Jalal, P.K. Dhar, A. Das, T. Das, S.M. Sarma, S.K. Biswas, and P.K. Biswas. 2020. Acquisition of Plasmid-Mediated Colistin Resistance Gene mcr-1 in Escherichia coli of Livestock Origin in Bangladesh. Microbial Drug Resistance. http://doi.org/10.1089/mdr.2019.0304
  1. M.Z. Islam, J. Larsen, R. Skov, Ø. Angen. 2019. Carry-over of host nutrients during sampling enhances undesired growth of Staphylococcus aureus in liquid Amies transport medium. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 93, 5–8. 
  1. M.S. Jalal, M.Z. Islam, A. Dutta, P.K. Dhar, A. Das, M.M. Hasan, H. Barua, P. K. Biswas. 2019. Antibiotic resistant zoonotic bacteria in Irrawaddy squirrel (Callosciurus pygerythrus). Veterinary Medicine and Science, DOI: 10.1002/vms3.138.
  1. O.J. Otalu, J.K.P. Kwaga, E.C. Okolocha, M.Z. Islam, A. Moodley. 2018. High Genetic Similarity of MRSA ST88 Isolated from Pigs and Humans in Kogi State, Nigeria. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9:3098. 
  2. M.Z. Islam, Espinosa-Gongora C, Damborg P, Sieber RN, Munk R, Husted L, Moodley A, Skov R, Larsen J and Guardabassi L. 2017. Horses in Denmark are a reservoir of diverse clones of methicillin-resistant and -susceptible Staphylococcus aureus. Frontiers in Microbiology. 8:543.
  3.  A.M. Madsen, S. Moslehi-Jenabian, M.Z. Islam, M. Frankel, M. Spilak, M.W. Frederiksen. 2017. Concentrations of Staphylococcus species in indoor air as associated with other bacteria, season, relative humidity, air change rate, and S. aureus-positive occupants. Environmental Research, 160, 282–291.
  4.  J. Larsen, M. Sunde, M.Z. Islam, A.M. Urdahl, A.S. Barstad, A.R. Larsen, C.A. Grøntvedt, Ø. Angen (2017). Evaluation of a widely used culture-based method for detection of livestock-associated meticillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Denmark and Norway, 2014 to 2016, Eurosurveillance, 22 (28), 30573.
  5. E.T. Würtz, J.H. Bønløkke, T.R. Urth, J. Larsen, M.Z. Islam, T. Sigsgaard, et al. 2017. No apparent transmission of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus CC398 in a survey of staff at a regional Danish hospital. Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, 6:126. 
  6.  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, 144(12):2501-8.
  7. M.Z. Islam, J.P. Christensen, P. K. Biswas. 2015. Sorbitol non-fermenting shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in cattle on smallholdings. Epidemiology and Infection, 143: 94-104. 
  8. 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, 64(3):883-891.
  9.  M.Z. Islam, S. Ahmed, M.F. Hossain, A. Mahmood, A. Ahad, S. Chowdhury, J. P. Christensen. 2015. Risk factors for Mycoplasma gallisepticum seroprevalence in chickens. The Journal of Animal & Plant Sciences, 25(4): 1200-1205.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13.  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.
  14. 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. 
  15. 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. 


Conference and seminar contributions

  1. Islam MZ, Jesper L, Tinna R U, Anders R L, Øystein A. Carriage dynamics of methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus and changes in the nasal microbiome after long- and short-term exposure to the pig farm environment. Poster Presentation, ASM microbe  2019, San Fransisco, USA.
  2. Islam MZ, Jesper L, Tinna R U, Anders R L, Øystein A. Carriage dynamics of methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus and changes in the nasal microbiome after long- and short-term exposure to the pig farm environment. Oral Presentation, ARAE 2017, Braunschweig, Germany.
  3. Islam MZ, Jesper L, Tinna R U, Anders R L, Øystein A. Colonization dynamics of LA-MRSA CC398 in pig farmers, Oral presentation, Copenhagen Pig Seminar, 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  4. Islam MZ, Carmen Espinosa-Gongora, Peter Damborg, Raphael Sieber, Rikke Munk, Louise Husted, Arshnee Moodley, Robert Skov, Jesper Larsen, Luca Guardabassi, Identification of an equine methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus CC398 clone in horses and humans in Denmark, Poster presentation, ISSSI 2016, Seoul, Republic of Korea. 
  5. Islam MZ, 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 presentation, 10th ASCON 2013, CVASU, Bangladesh.
  6. Islam MZ and Biswas PK: Prevalence of shiga toxin and haemolysin producing Escherichia coli from small cattle holdings in Bangladesh and the antimicrobial sensitivity profile of the isolates, Oral presentation, Seminar on Immunology, drug resistance & environment in relation to natural and synthetic drug development, 2012, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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