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Mohammad Aminul Islam, PhD, MSc

GHES LMIC Fellow 2012-2013

Fellowship Site: International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)

Research Interest: Dissemination of multidrug resistant NDM-1-producing bacteria in Dhaka city environment

Dr. Mohammad Aminul Islam is an Associate Scientist, Principal Investigator 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.

His research on antibiotic resistance in urban environments was featured as a leading story in The Daily Star, a major newspaper in Bangladesh. He has also been featured in the NIH Fogarty Global Health Matters, Profile: Fogarty Fellow Dr Mohammad Aminul Islam battles antimicrobial resistance in Bangladesh.

Five years after participating as a postdoctoral fellow in our program, the GHES is honored to partner with him as a mentor at our collaborating institution icddr,b in Dhaka.