Isolation and characterization of bio-active compounds from medicinal plants, microbes and marine animals.
Application of modern NMR techniques to structural elucidation of organic molecules, with special emphasis to marine peptides and macrolides.
Synthesis of chemically unique and biologically interesting compounds and evaluation of their pharmacological activities.
In addition to the main stream research, my research interests are also extended to other aspects of natural product chemistry, evaluation of traditionally used medicines and their source materials, chemical taxonomy of higher plants, insect control agents from plants, etc.
B. Pharm. (Hons.)
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
First class First
M. Pharm. (Thesis)
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
First class First
University of Strathclyde
*Exam. held in 1983; **Exam. held in 1985.
Teaching positions at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
(a) Lecturer January 11, 1987 to March 11, 1992.
(b) Assistant Professor March 12, 1992 to March 4, 1996.
(c) Associate Professor March 5, 1996 to March 6, 2002.
(d) Professor March 7, 2002 to till date.
Administrative positions in the University of Dhaka
Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka (December 21, 2003 to October 12, 2010).
Dean (acting), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka (November 25, 2010 to March 12, 2011).
Acting Provost, Fazlul Huq Hall, University of Dhaka (August 22, 2003 to September 15, 2003).
Chairman, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka (April 24, 2009 to April 23, 2012)).
House Tutor, Fazlul Huq Hall (April 1995-November 1997 & from February 2002 to July 2007) to participate in the residential hall administration.
Awards/ Fellowships/ Scholarships/Honors
1. Admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Soiety of Chemistry (FRSC) on April 24, 2015.
2. Elected as a member of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh from 2015. 3. Nominated as a Member of the Research Committee for School of Science at Katmundu University, Nepal for three years from 2015-2017. 4. Elected as a Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences in the election of the fellows for the year 2011. 5. Received award for the best plenary lecture entitled “Phyto-pharmacological studies of some medicinal plants of Bangladesh with special emphasis to anti-diabetic drug discovery"in the International Conference on Diabetes Mellitus and Cancer (DIA-CAN'2012) held in Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India duringDecember 14-14, 2012.
ReceivedIbrahim Memorial Gold Medal at the 46th Convocation of the University of Dhaka for the year 2003-2004 for outstanding contribution in scientific research.
Awarded Abdur Rob Chowdhury Memorial Gold Medal the 45th Convocation of the University of Dhaka for the year 2005-2006 for extraordinary research achievement in Biological Sciences.
Awarded BAS-Dr. M.O. Ghani Memorial Gold Medal for the year 2005 in recognition of significant contribution in the field of Natural Products Research.
Listed as one of the most productive leading scientists of the OIC member states in 2007-2008 (http://www.comstech.org) [with highest point among the listed scientists within University of Dhaka].
Honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) by the Open International University of Complementary Medicines, Colombo, Sri Lanka in December 1996.
Young investigator’s prize for 1996 by the Third World Academy of Sciences/Bangladesh Academy of Sciences for significant contribution to Natural Products Chemistry.
Constant Outstanding Performance Awards (COPA) by the SAIC Frederick, NCI-FCRDC, USA for the period ending September 1998 and 1999.
Stelleta award for commitment and perseverance during postdoctoral research at the Laboratory of Drug Discovery Research and Development (LDDRD), NCI, NIH, USA.
Chancellor’s award given by the President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Muhit Khan’s award for outstanding result in the B. Pharm. (Hons.) examination.
Fogarty post doctoral fellowship by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work in the NCI’s anti-cancer and anti-HIV drug discovery programs.
Commonwealth Scholarship awarded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities tenable at the University of Strathclyde, U.K. for carrying out research leading to Doctor of Philosophy.
Awarded books by the University of Dhaka for credential results in both B. Pharm. (Hons.) and M. Pharm. examinations.
Also received scholarships at various levels of school, college and university education.
Editorial /Editorial Advisory Board Memberships
Journal of Natural Products (ACS publications, USA) [http://pubs.acs.org/page/jnprdf/editors.html]
Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry (www.hindawi.com/journals/jamc/editors)
Advances in Pharmacological Sciences (www.hindawi.com/journals/aps/editors)
Executive Editor, Bangladesh National Formulary 2003 and 2005.
Oriental Pharmacy and Experimental Medicine, Korea (www.springer.com/biomed/journal/13596).
Kathmandu University Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology
Current Pharma Research (India)
Journal of Pharmacy and Clinical Sciences (ANSI, Pakistan)
Journal of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences (ANSI, Pakistan)
International Research Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (IRJPS)
African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry(www.academicjournals.org/ajpac/Editors.htm)
The Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (www.banglajol.info/index.php/JPharma)
Former member- Bangladesh Journal of Life Sciences
Stamford Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bangladesh Physiotherapy Journal
Journal of State University of Bangladesh
Membership in various committees approved by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Former member, Drug Appellate Committee
Former member, Essential Drug List Preparation Committee
Former member, Pricing of Medicines
Member, Advisory Committee for Herbal Medicines
Executive Editor, Bangladesh National Formulary 2003 and 2005.
Former member, Manual Preparation Committee for Herbal Medicine in Primary Health Care
Former member, Technical Sub Committee of Drug Control Committee
Former member, Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh
Former member, Accreditation and Education Committee, Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh
Former Convener, Community Pharmacy Committee, Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh.
Reviewers of Scientific Journals
J. Nat. Prod. (U.S.A.), Int. J. Pharm. (U.S.A.), Pharmaceutical Biology (U.S.A.), Jordan J. Pharm. Sci., Oriental Pharmacy & Experimental Medicine (Korea), Australian J. Chemistry, Molecules, Bangladesh Pharm. Journal, Dhaka University J. Pharm. Sci., The Dhaka Univ. J. Biological Sci., J. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Bangladesh J. Sci. Indust. Res., Bangladesh J. Bot., etc. Additional Professional and Administrative Responsibilities
Senate member, Khulna University (2004- 2011).
President, Dhaka University Club, July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010).
Former General Secretary (2002-2010), Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Society.
Member/Chairman of governing bodies of various medical & dental colleges and allied health science institutions, affiliated to the University of Dhaka.
Former Member of selection committees for teachers of various public & private universities and medical colleges.
Member of committee of courses and academic council of various universities.
Expert member for evaluation of Ph.D. thesis of local and foreign universities.
Professional attachment with Private Universities
Honorary Advisor, Department of Pharmacy, State University of Bangladesh and Visiting Professor, Stamford University Bangladesh.
Memberships of Professional Societies
American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP)
Dhaka University Teachers’ Association
Phytochemical Society of Europe
International Society of Ethnopharmacology
Society of Ethnopharmacology, India
Asiatic Society of Bangladesh
Former General Secretary, Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Society (BPS)
Bangladesh Botanical Society
Executive Committee member, Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC (2007-2010)
Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis, Quality Control and Analytical Method Validation, Spectroscopy, Pharmacognosy & Natural Product Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Medicinal Chemistry.
A-grade Pharmacist registered by the Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh.
1)Scientist II, SAIC-Frederick, NCI-Frederick, Frederick, MD 21702 from May 5, 2000 to November 29, 2001. I was involved in the isolation & characterization of anticancer compounds from marine organisms.
2)Visiting Scientist, SAIC-Frederick, NCI-Frederick, Frederick, MD 21702 from December 9, 1997 to May 5, 2000, where I was involved in the isolation & characterization of anticancer and HIV-inhibitory lead compounds, with special emphasis to peptides from aqueous marine extracts.
3) Post Doctoral- I carried out a two year of research (from April 1993 to March 1995) at the U.S. National Cancer Institute which was supervised by Dr. Kirk R. Gustafson. As a member of the research group headed by Dr. John H. Cardellina II, I successfully completed more than a dozen of projects dealing with the anti-cancer and HIV-inhibitory activities of the aqueous/ organic extracts of plants, marine and microbial organisms. A variety of compounds such as alkaloids, antibiotics, polyacetylenes, saponins, pterocarpans, lignans and peptides were obtained as active constituents.
4) Doctoral research- During my Ph.D. research at the University of Strathclyde, under the supervision of Prof. Peter G. Waterman and Dr. Alexander I. Gray, I submitted a thesis entitled “Phytochemical and Chemosystematic Studies in Eristemoninae (Rutaceae).” This thesis describes the isolation and structure elucidation of a total of 93 compounds, including 34 novel ones from 11 Australian plant species and their uses as chemotaxonomic markers.
5) Carried out a research project in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka and submitted a dissertation entitled “Antihypertensive Principle from Moringa oleifera.”
6) Supervised/ co-supervised various research projects of the students approaching towards the degrees of M. Pharm./M.Sc./M. Phil./Ph.D. at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Rajshahi University Engineering and Technology (RUET) and the Institute of Post Graduate Medicine & Research (IPGMR), Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.
Book/chapters in book: 10
Papers in Scientific Journals: 384 (International: 218, National: 165, Submitted: 01).
For a complete list, please see Annexure-I.
Delivered a keynote speech entitled “Natural Products Based Drug Discovery in Bangladesh: Antidiabetic Activity of Some Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh” at the 16Th Asian Chemical Congress (16 ACC) held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from March 16-19, 2016.
Delivered a plenary lecture on “Natural Products Based Drug Discovery in Bangladesh” at the Fisrt SQU Internatrional Chemistry Conference: Recent Trends in Drug Development at Muskat, Oman from November 10-12, 2015.
Delivered Prof. A. Hisham endowment lecture entitled “Recent Progress in Phytochemical Research in Bangadesh” at the 1st International Symposium on Phytochemistry organized by the Kerala Academy of Sciences, India on April 25, 2015.
Delivered an invited lecture entitled ‘Drug discovery: natural product research in Bangladesh” at the Department of Pharmacy, Lincoln University College, Malaysia on December 17, 2014.
Delivered an invited lecture on “Natural Products Based Drug Discovery in Bangladesh” at the Department of Chemistry, University of Malaya, Malaysia on December 15, 2014
As a Visiting Professor (December 15-16) delivered a public lecture entitled “Natural products based drug discovery: Antidiabetic activity of some medicinal plants of Bangladesh” at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University Kabangsan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
As a Visiting Professor (December 15-16) delivered a lecture to the post gradulate students on Separation and purification of secondary metabolites: role of HPLC at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University Kabangsan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Presented a posrer entitled “Anti-diabetic activity of some medicinal plants of Bangladesh” at the Joint Malaysia-UK symposium on natural products chemistry held on December 13, 2014 at the International Medical University, Malaysia,
Delivered an invited leteture on “Natural Products Based Drug Discovery in Bangladesh” at the Department of Chemistry, University of Malaya, Malaysia on December 15, 2014
Delivered invited lecture entitled “Natural products based drug discovery: anti-diabetic activity of some medicinal plants of Bangladesh” at the ANRAP 7th International Seminar on Prevention & Management of Diabetes: Prospects & Challenges held in Nepal Academy Hall, Kathmandu, Nepal during 22-24 March 2013.
Delivered keynote speech on “Natural products based drug discovery in Bangladesh” at the 1st International Symposium on Pharmaceutical Sciences: A Global Approach held on February 26, 2013 at the University of Science and Technology Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Delivered plenary lecture entitled “Phyto-pharmacological studies of some medicinal plants of Bangladesh with special emphasis to anti-diabetic drug discovery"in the International Conference on Diabetes Mellitus and Cancer (DIA-CAN'2012) held in Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India duringDecember 14-16, 2012.
Delivered invited lecture on “Phyto-pharmacological studies of some medicinal plants of Bangladesh with especial emphasis to anti-diabetic drug discovery" at the 3rd Indian National Seminar of Asian Network of Research on Anti-diabetic Plants (ANRAP), Prevention & Management of Diabetes: Prospects & Challenges held in RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata, India during September 14-16, 2012.
Delivered a plenary lecture on “Drug discovery from natural products in Bangladesh” at the AFASSA-ANRAP Workshop on Chemical and Biological Studies on Bioactive Plant Materials at Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences (BIHS), Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh from December 31, 2011 to January 03, 2012.
Delivered a plenary lecture on “Recent trends of natural products research in Bangladesh” at the 2nd ANRAP National seminar on Plants in Diabetes: Prospects & Challenges at Guwahati University, Assam, from April 08-09, 2011.
As a Visiting Professor (from March 03-06, 2011) delivered a lecture entitled “Recent trends in natural products research in Bangladesh” at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University Kabangsan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Participated at the ExActCoat seminar organized by BASF South Asian regional Office in Hong Kong from October 20-21, 2010.
As an invited speaker delivered a lecture on “Recent trends in natural product research and Bangladesh perspective” at the 7th ANRAP National Seminar on Antidiabetic Plant Materials Separation techniques and Biological Testing at Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences (BIHS) auditorium, Dhaka, Bangladesh from July 16-17, 2010.
Participated at the “Educating Pharmacists (Asia) Symposium” held in National University of Singapore (NUS) during April 15-16, 2010 and organized by NUS and supported by the South East Asian FIP-Who Pharmaceutical forum.
Delivered a plenary lecture on “Drugs from Nature” at the 6th ANRAP International Seminar on Plant Materials as a Source of Antidiabetic Agents at LGED auditorium, Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 15-17, 2010.
Delivered a plenary lecture entitled “Bioactive compounds from medicinal plants and microbes of Bangladesh” at the Regional seminar on Plants in Diabetes: Prospects & Challenges jointly organized by ANRAP, Bangladesh and Nepal Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal at Hotel Shankar, Kathmandu, Nepal from June 06-07, 2009.
As an invited speaker delivered a talk entitled “Bioactive compounds from medicinal plants and microbes of Bangladesh” at the Hamdard International Integrative Medicine Conference-2008 at Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan from November 24-26, 2008.
As an invited speaker delivered a talk entitled “Bioactive compounds from medicinal plants and microbes of Bangladesh” at the 12th International Conference on Traditional Medicine, held in COEX, Samsung-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea on November 13, 2008.
As an invited speaker delivered a talk entitled “New and interesting compounds from some medicinal plants and microbial strains of Bangladesh” at the 6th national seminar on Antidiabetic plant materials: separation techniques and biological testing organized by ANRAP (Asian Network for Research on Antidiabetic Plants) held in Dhaka on March 15, 2008.
Participated at the WHO Regional Meeting on Role of Education in Rational Use of Medicines (RUM) held at Hotel Montien, Bangkok, Thailand during December 12-14, 2007.
Attended at the Pharmaceutical Summit organized by Shimadzu Asia Private Limited held in Swissotel Stamford, Singapore during December 6-7, 2007.
As an invited speaker delivered a talk on “Natural products- potential sources of new drugs” at the First Indian Seminar on Plants in Diabetes- Prospects & Challenges held at the North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), Jorhat, India during November 05-07, 2007.
Attended the International Summit on Generic Antithrombotic Drugs organized by the International Union of Angiology (IUA), International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis (ICATH), North Americal Thrombosis Forum (NATF) & South Asian Society on Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis (SASAT) in Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi, India on October 12, 2007.
Participated at the symposium 'Standardisation of natural products' jointly organized by Radiant Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Sinoveda Canada Incorporated at Hotel Sheraton in Dhaka, on 22 May, 2007.
As an invited speaker delivered a talk on “Present and future research perspectives in herbal, pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and biotechnological areas” at the Conference on Promotion of Biotechnology in Bangladesh: National and International Perspectives held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from April 6-8, 2007.
Participated at the workshop on WHO Pricing of Medicines held in Kandy, Sri Lanka during June 13-16, 2006.
Delivered a talk, as an invited speaker, on “New chondropsin macrolide lactams from the marine sponges in the genus Ircinia” at the 10th Asian Symposium on Medicinial Plants, Spices, and Other Natural Products (ASOMPS X), held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from November 18-23, 2000.
Attended the 220th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, held in Washington, DC, USA from August 22-26, 2000.
Presented a poster entitled “Cytotoxic -carboline alkaloids from the ascidian Eudistioma sp.” at the 41st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Seattle, Washington, USA during July 22-26, 2000.
Presented a poster entitled “HIV-inhibitory cembrane derivatives from the soft coral Lobophytum sp.” at the Joint Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Association Francaise pour I'Enseignment et la Recherche en Pharmacognosie, Gesellschatt fur Arzneipflanzenforschung, and Phytochemical Society of Europe held in Amsterdam during July 26-30, 1999.
As an invited speaker presented a talk on “Chemical and biological studies of some medicinal plants of Bangladesh” at the Department of Biology, University of Minnesota- Duluth on October 23, 1998.
Participated at the ANRAP (Asian Network for Research on Antidiabetic Plants) workshop on Phytochemical Techniques held in the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, Pakistan during November 16-20, 1996.
Presented a poster entitled “Mycalolides D and E, new cytotoxic macrolides from a collection of a stony coral Tubastrea sp.” at the 35th Annual Buffalo Medicinal Chemistry Symposium, University of Buffalo, New York, USA during May 22-25, 1994.
Delivered a lecture entitled “Studies on Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh” at the National Seminar on Traditional Medicines held on March 22, 1993 at the Hotel Purbani International, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Attended a 15 day (16/7/92-30/7/92) international workshop organized by the International Network on Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD), held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
1.Dr. John H. Cardellina II 2. Dr. Kirk R. Gustafson