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Experience

Education

  • Ph.D. (Cell and Molecular Biology)
  • M.S. (Genetics)
  • B.S. (Agriculture)
  • Trainings

  • University of Durham, England (1980)
        Training on Nutritional Properties (protein characterization)
  • CSIRO Division of Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia (1989-1996)
        Training in Molecular Biology
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Steven Covey) 1998
  • Duke University Certificate of Management (2002)
  • Duke University Certificate on ‘Presentation Skills’ (2003)
  • Dynamic New Approaches to Leadership and Management (2004)
        Syngenta Training on leadership
  • Elon University training on Fundamentals of Project Management (2005)
  • Professional Skills

  • Management of genetic engineering groups
  • Development of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation techniques
  • Gene isolation, cloning and gene targeting
  • Molecular and biochemical characterization of transgene expression
  • Field testing of genetically modified crops
  • Teaching molecular genetics at University levels or research organizations
  • Disseminating biotechnology know-how in developing countries
  • Discoveries

  • Developed genetic engineering techniques for soybean, sunflower,
        subclover and jute
  • Developed biochemical techniques for aiding molecular analysis of
        genetically modified plants
  • Produced Genetically modified crops with genes conferring improved
        nutrition or higher agronomic value
  • Publications

  • Have published 18 publications in scientific journals
  • Authored two books
  • Patents on two discoveries
  • Presented lectures in a number of conferences in the USA, Australia,
        New Zealand, England, Singapore, Bangladesh, Colombia and Peru.
  • Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Plant Physiologists
  • American Society for In Vitro Biology
  • Australian Association of Plant Tissue culture and Biotechnology
  • Bangladesh Association of Plant tissue culture and Biotechnology
  • International Association of Plant Tissue Culture
  • Awards

  • New Zealand Genetical Society's Award of Excellence in 1988
  • Merit scholarships during H.S.C, B.Sc and M.Sc studies
  • Commonwealth Scholarship from New Zealand Government for Ph.D.
        studies in 1984
  • TOKTEN (Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate National) scholarship under
        United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 1993 to transfer Biotechnology
        Know how to Bangladesh
  • Awarded a project from International Jute Organization (IJO) for developing
        genetic engineering technique for jute.
  • Public Speaking

  • Invited by the International Jute Organization at Dhaka as the sole speaker before
        public and press following my discovery of the genetic engineering technique
        for jute in 1996.
  • Syngenta Bangladesh invited me as sole speaker to face public and press on a
        topic 'Genetic engineering and food security' in 2002.
  • I was interviewed by Australian newspapers and television channels in 1993
        following my discovery of a genetic engineering technique for subclover with
        potential to increase wool production in Australia.
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