Dr. ABMM Khademul Islam

Designation: Professor
Academic Institution: University of Dhaka

Research Field: Epigenetics, Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics, Computational & Systems Biology,
Medical Biotechnology.
Research Interest: Cancer, Arthritis, Emerging infectious disease, Drug & Vaccine Design.

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Associate Professor, Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.

 Short Biography

Dr. Islam is a Professor at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Both in Bachelor and Master degree in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka, Dr. Islam stood First with First class. For this achievement he was awarded with Gold medal, Provost Award etc. Also, during bachelor study he achieved prestigious Sumitomo Corporation (Japan) fellowship from the Biological Sciences faculty of this university. He was awarded with Honors award for his excellent performance in second master degree in Japan. To do Ph.D., he was awarded a competitive Spanish Govt. fellowship (Modalitat B). To do part of PhD research in the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, he received competitive AGAUR Modalitat-A fellowship from Spanish (Catalan) Government. For his outstanding performance in examination, he achieved Ph.D. with highest Distinction (Cum Laude). For his translational research from bench to industry in the field of cancer biology and epigenetic drug target during his PhD, he was awarded with Premi del Consell Social a la transferencia de Coneixement, 2012 award (Knowledge and Technology Transfer award from social council) from Spanish (Catalunya) Govt. and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain). For his overall outstanding contribution to the biological sciences, he was awarded as the Young Scientist prize from The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) in 2013 and also Samson H Memorial award in 2017. Dr. Islam is doing research in the field of Medical Biotechnology using the state of the art technologies of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. He has vast experience in NGS and other high-throughput technologies. His main interest is epigenetic/genetic mechanisms of cancers & arthritis, drug discovery and vaccine design. In last few years he publish over 60 research articles, total Impact factor over 380. Most of these papers are well cited (over 1500, Google Scholar i-10-index is 40; h-index: 25). Recently he has become Associate Fellow of BAS. Dr. Islam actively organizing national and international seminar/workshop/conferences regularly. He was the key personnel/member of scientific committee in several international conferences in last 5 years. He was also an invited speaker for the international conferences. Dr. Islam is serving as executive member of several scientific community, also editorial board member of international journals and actively engage science communications and spreading science to the society. He has received several national and international research grants and supervising graduate and postgraduate students’ research as well. Furthermore, he is working towards the generation of Bioinformatic work-force in Bangladesh and in other countries to meet the global need of bioinformatics expertise through conducting series of workshop/seminar/conference/training courses.

Selected publications:  

  1. Single cell RNA-sequencing reveals a metabolic aspect of apoptosis in Rbf mutant. Majd M Ariss, Abul B.M.M.K. Islam, Hayley Critcher, Maria Paula Zappia and Maxim V Frolov. 2018. Nature Communication.
  2. Chiara Di Vona, Daniela Bezdan, Abul B.M.M.K. Islam, Eulàlia Salichs, Nuria López-Bigas, Stephan Ossowski, and Susana de la Luna. Chromatin-wide profiling of DYRK1A reveals a role as a gene-specific RNA polymerase II CTD kinase. 2015. Molecular CELL.
  3. Mulero C, Ferres-Marco D, Abul B.M.M.K. Islam, Pecoraro M, Charneco C, et al. Chromatin-Bound IκBα Regulates a Subset of Polycomb Target Genes in Differentiation and Cancer. 2013. Cancer CELL.