Enrichment of facilities to promote quality higher education and research in biotechnology (HEQEP)



  • To establish a modern biotechnology laboratory for need based innovative research by the graduate students, teachers and other research staffs
  • To develop modern techniques/ protocols and provide practical training for innovative and world class research in biotechnology to teachers, students, research staffs and other stakeholders
  • To develop a plant growth room for in vivo experiments in biotechnology to integrate higher studies with advanced research for steady generation of new knowledge in biotechnology, which will be used for the development of sustainable technology to ensure food security and clean environment
  • To enhance active involvement of young faculties and students in advanced studies and research in biotechnology and establish a bank/ collection of biofunctional microorganisms and other natural resources for future use
  • To enhance academic collaboration, human resource development and knowledge sharing in biotechnology


Funding Agency:

    World Bank                      UGC



Phase I: 3 years (2011-2015)
Phase II: 1.5 Years (May 2017 to September 2018)



First Phase: BDT 26400000.00
Second Phase: BDT 9500000.00

Team Members:

Prof. Dr. Md. Tofazzal Islam

Sub-Project Manager (SPM)

Dr. Mahbubur Rahman

Deputy Sub-Project Manager (DSPM)

Dr. Dipali Rani Gupta


International Collaboration:

Professor Sophien Kamoun

Professor Nicolas Talbot

Professor Yusuke Yamauchi

Senior Researcher Dr. Md. Shahriar Hossain


  • Three laboratories (ca. 2,200 sft) with state-of-art facilities for advanced research in biotechnology were
    established and made functional.
  • Total 25 protocols developed/optimized for research in biotechnology. The students and faculty members
    routinely use these protocols. Substantial research discoveries were achieved by using these protocols.
  • A growth room of about 220 sft. was developed and it has been used for tissue culture experiments.
  • Faculty members (4) received local and foreign training. In addition to advanced skills and experiences,
    faculty members have developed a strong network with researchers in home and abroad. Some of these
    collaborations have made research breakthroughs such as discovery of genetic identity and origin of wheat
    blast through genomic studies with a large number of international researchers from 4 continents.
  • An interactive website (www.btlbsmrau.org) established which illustrates the detail activities of the department
    including e-learning of the MS in Biotechnology students.
  • 240 BS, 45 MS, and 1 Ph.D. students received hands-on training and conducted advanced research in the
    established enriched facilities.
  • Published 37 research articles, 15 conference proceedings, 10 book chapters and 1 book.
  • The department organized a large number of national and international conference, workshop and symposia.

Selected Publication from HEQEP CP # 2071:

  1. Jiang B et al. 2017. Mesoporous metallic rhodium nanoparticles. Nature Communication 8:15581 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15581. Impact Factor 11.42
  2. Rahman M 2017. Molecular Identification of Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Fish Pathogenic Enterococcus faecalis and their Control by Medicinal Herbs. Scientific Reports, in press. Impact Factor 5.25
  3. Mondol MAM et al. 2017. Metabolites from the endophytic fungus Curvularia sp. M12 act as motility inhibitors against Phytophthora capsici zoospores. Journal of Natural Products 80: 347–355. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00785 Impact Factor 3.66
  4. Kumar A et al. 2017. Co-inoculation with Enterobacter and Rhizobacteria on yield and nutrient uptake by wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in the alluvial soil under Indo-Gangetic plain of India. J Plant Growth Regul. doi:10.1007/s00344-016-9663-5. Impact Factor 2.166
  5. Akita S et al. 2017. Gold nanoparticles supported on mesoporous titania thin films with high loading as a CO oxidation catalyst. Chemistry: An Asian Journal 12 (8): 877–881. Impact Factor 4.592
  6. Islam MT et al. 2016. Emergence of wheat blast in Bangladesh was caused by a South American lineage of Magnaporthe oryzae. BMC Biology, 14:84 DOI 10.1186/s12915-016-0309-7. Impact Factor 6.97
  7. Dame, T.D., et al. 2016. Oligomycins pamamycin homologues impair motility and induce lysis of zoospores of the grapevine downy mildew pathogen, Plasmopara viticola. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 363 (16): fnw167 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnw167 Impact Factor 1.858
  8. Islam MT et al. 2016. Inhibitory effects of macrotetrolides from Streptomyces spp. on zoosporogenesis and motility of peronosporomycete zoospores are likely linked with enhanced ATPase activity in mitochondria. Frontiers in Microbiology 7: 1824. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01824. Impact Factor 4.165
  9. Islam, S., et al. 2016. Isolation and identification of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria from cucumber rhizosphere and their effect on plant growth promotion and disease suppression. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:1360. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01360. Impact Factor 4.165
  10. Mondol, M.A.M. et al. 2015. Macrocyclic trichothecenes from Myrothecium roridum Strain M10 with motility inhibitory and zoosporicidal activities against Phytophthora nicotianae. J. Agric. Food Chem. 63:8777–8786. Impact Factor 2.857
  11. Tareq FS et al. 2015. Gageopeptins A and B, new inhibitors of zoospore motility of the phytopathogen Phytophthora capsici from a marine-derived bacterium Bacillus sp. 109GGC020. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters 25: 3325–3329. Impact Factor: 2.420
  12. Tareq, F.S., et al. 2014. Gageotetrins A-C, noncytotoxic antimicrobial linear lipopeptides from a marine bacterium Bacillus subtilis. Organic Letters 16: 928–931. Impact Factor 6.732
  13. Talukder S 2014. Evaluation of fertility disrupting potentials of Abrus precatorius seed extracts in male rats for arresting spermatogenesis and suppressed fertility in Vivo. Pakistan Veterinary Journal 34(1): 18-23. Impact Factor 1.65.
  14. Tatong MDK et al. 2014. Banchromene and other secondary metabolites from the endophytic fungus Fusarium sp. obtained from Piper guinensis inhibit the motility of phytopathogenic Plasmopara viticola zoospores. Tetrahedron Letters, 55(30): 4057-4061 Impact Factor: 2.397
  15. Tareq FS et al. 2014. Non-cytotoxic antifungal agents: isolation and structures of Gageopeptides from a marine-derived Bacillus subtilis 109GGC020. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, DOI: 10.1021/jf502436r. Impact Factor: 2.857
  16. Mondol, M.A.M. et al. 2013. Diversity of secondary metabolites from marine Bacillus species: chemistry, biosynthesis and biological activity. Marine Drugs 11: 2846-2872. Impact Factor 3.345
  17. Talontsi, F.M., et al. 2012. Zoosporicidal metabolites from an endophytic fungus Cryptosporiopsis sp. of Zanthoxylum leprieurii. Phytochemistry 83: 87-94. Impact Factor 2.779


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