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Prof. Dr. Md Tofazzal Islam

(Fellow, 2016)

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Professor Dr. Md Tofazzal Islam was born on 20 December 1966.

Professor Md. Tofazzal Islam obtained B Sc Ag (Hon) and M Sc (Ag) degrees from the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), securing First Position in the First Class in both the cases in order of merit. He went to Japan as a Japanese government scholar and did MS (1999) and PhD (2002) at Hokkaido University with distinction. Dr. Islam did Post-doc as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (2007-2009) at University of Goettingen, Germany with Prof. Dr. Andreas von Tiedemann in the Division of Plant Pathology and Plant Protection. He has been awarded the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (March to May 2013) to work with Prof. Michele L. Clarke at the University of Nottingham, UK. He worked with Prof. Satoshi Tahara of Hokkaido University and Prof. Shinya Oba of Gifu University, Japan as a JSPS Postdoctoral (2003-2005) and JSPS Invitation Fellow (June-July 2015), respectively. He has also been awarded the prestigious US Fulbright Visiting Fellowship (September 2017 to June 2018) to work on development of a convenient molecular tool for diagnosing anthracnose diseases in asymptomatic strawberry plants with Prof. Daniel Panaccione at West Virginia University.

Prof. Islam joined Bangladesh Open University as a lecturer in 1994 and became an Assistant Professor (1997), Associate Professor (2004) and Professor (2010). On July 1, 2010, he joined Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) as a Professor in the Department of Biotechnology (current Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, IBGE). He served as an adjunct Professor (2014-2017) in Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of East West University, Dhaka.

Prof. Tofazzal Islam was awarded many prizes, awards and medals for his outstanding academic and research accomplishments in interdisciplinary research in the field of biotechnology. His notable awards include Commonwealth Innovation Award 2019, Islamic Development Bank Transformer Roadshow Innovation Award 2018, Rotary International Vocational Excellence Award 2017, Bangladesh Academy of Science Gold Medal & Award 2011 in Biological Sciences (Senior Group), Food & Agriculture Award 2011 from Oxfam, CSRL and GROW, University Grants Commission (UGC) Bangladesh Awards in 2004 and 2008, the Best Young Scientist Award 2003 from the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry (JSBBA), Chancellor’s Prize in 1995 and a Gold Medal in 2003 from BAU.

Prof. Islam’s contributions have been published in many international journals and book series (>250 peer-reviewed articles, >25 book chapters, total citation, 3,900+ h index = 34, i10-index 90 on 21 April 2021; Researchgate Score: 43.42).

He is Academic Editor of PLOS One, Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture, WebMedCentral (Microbiology), Plant Science Today, and Bangladesh Journal of Ecology; and Chief Editor of two series books, CRISPR-Cas Methods (Springer) and Bacilli and Agrobiotechnology (Springer).

Prof. Islam served as Head of the Department of Biotechnology of BSMRAU for 5 years. He served as the founding Director (2019-2021) of Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE) (former Department of Biotechnology) of BSMRAU. He also served as Director of International Affairs and Director of Outreach Activities of BSMRAU. He was a member the Syndicate of Sylhet Agricultura University and a Member of the Academic Council of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University, Bangladesh Open University and BSMRAU.

Prof. Islam participated in more than 100 national and internation al conferences, symposium and workshops and presented papers and chaired sessions. He organized several international conferences and conference sessions at home and abroad. He served as a consultant of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (China) and South Pacific Community (Fiji). He led 31 researchers including Prof. Sophien Kamoun, FRS and Prof. Nick Talbot, FRS, FRSB from 4 continents for rapidly determining the genetic identity and origin of the first epidemic outbreak of wheat blast fungus in 15,000 hectares in eight districts of Bangladesh using field pathogenomics, open data sharing and open science approaches.

He was awarded Fulbright (2017-2018), Commonwealth (2013), Alexander von Humboldt (Georg Forster) (2007-2009) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) (2003-2005 & 2015) Fellowships for doing research in USA, UK, Germany and Japan. He is an active member of American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (USA), American Phytopathogical Society (USA), Board Member of DivSeek International (Canada), and Wheat Initiative (Germany).

He visited USA, UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Hong Kong, Norway, Malaysia, India, Nepal, China, South Korea, Fiji, Thailand, Iran, Belgium, France, Denmark, and Jamaica.

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