DHAKA: Dr M Tofazzal Islam, a renowned agriculture scientist, Professor and Head of the Department of Biotechnology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), has recently been awarded Commonwealth Academic fellowship of UK in 2012 tenable at University of Nottingham.
Under this fellowship, Dr Islam will conduct research on ‘Climate Change and Biodiversity of Bangladesh’ with Professor Michele Clark of University of Nottingham.
The fellowship will be started in October 2012.
Currently, he is involved in implementing a British Council funded INSPIRE project titled, ‘Climate change: food security, water resources and rural resilience of western Bangladesh’ with Professor Michele Clarke of University of Nottingham, UK and Professor Afzal Hossain of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Bangladesh.
Dr Islam got many prizes and medals for his outstanding academic and research accomplishments, including UGC Award (2004 & 2008), Food and Agriculture Award 2011 from CSRL, Oxfam and GROW, Chancellor’s Prize in 1995, and a Gold Medal from BAU, UGC Merit Award, Professor A Karim Memorial Award and the Best Young Scientist Award 2003 from the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry.
Before joining to BSMRAU, he served Bangladesh Open University from 1994 to 2010 and played a key role in establishing the School of Agriculture and Rural Development.
As a Japanese Government Monbusho scholar, he obtained his MS (1999) and Ph D (2002) from Hokkaido University under supervision of Professor Satoshi Tahara.
Dr Islam did his first Postdoctoral Research (2003-2005) at the same university in Japan as a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) fellow.
Dr Islam also worked in Goerg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (2007-2009) with Professor Andreas von Tiedemann. His research interests are concentrated on bio-pesticides, bio-fertilizers, plant probiotics, and natural products chemistry.
Dr Islam published more than 100 research papers in international journals and book series having high impact factors, 55 articles in national dailies and periodicals and seven reference and course-books.
He also presented his research findings and chaired sessions in many international conferences/symposia in USA, UK, Norway, Germany, Japan, Italy, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Iran, Nepal and India.
He is involved in many professional organizations at home and abroad. He has been serving as the General Secretary (2011-2013) of both Association of Humboldt Fellows Bangladesh and Bangladesh JSPS Alumni Association. He is elder son of Md Bazlur Rahman and Khaleda Khanom of village Shashai of Brahmanbaria district.
BDST: 2135 HRS, JUL 09, 2012
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