International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)
Research Interest: Food safety - dietary exposure to aflatoxin in slum areas
At the time of his GHES 2012-2013 fellowship, Dr. Mohammad Aminul Islam was an Associate Scientist and Coordinator; he is now Associate Scientist and Head at the Enteric and Food Microbiology Laboratory at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Dr. Islam received his B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. in Food Microbiology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands in 2009. His research interests are in food safety with an emphasis on detection, tracking and control of foodborne pathogens. He is particularly interested in the use of genotyping methods to study transmission routes of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, Shigella, Salmonella and other enteric pathogens in human food chain. He is also interested in molecular investigation of virulence markers in foodborne pathogens and in exploring the causes of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens.
In 2016, he was awarded the NIH R01 grant "Transmission Dynamics of Multi-Drug Resistant Uropathogenic E. coli in Bangladesh," which in part stemmed from his GHES fellowship experience.
Four years after participating as a postdoctoral fellow in our program, the GHES is honored to partner with him as a mentor at our collaborating research site icddr,b.