M. Anwar Hossain

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M Anwar Hossain
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Dr Hossain giving a speech in Bio Olympiad 2011 at University of Dhaka
Born (1949-08-20) August 20, 1949 (age 65)

M. Anwar Hossain (Bengali: মোঃ আনোয়ার হোসেন; born August 20, 1949) is a Bangladeshi plant scientist. He made contribution to the field of biotechnology to develop flood tolerant rice in Bangladesh. He was a freedom fighter of Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. He is currently a professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in University of Dhaka.He was the project director[1] (2000-2001) of the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Dhaka.

Family and Early Life[edit]

Hossain was born in the Juri Station of Sylhet, Bangladesh on August 20, 1949. His parents Mohiuddin Ahmed and Begum Ashrafunnessa were living in Juri at the time. Mohiuddin Ahmed who began his career as an Apprentice of the British Railway was serving as Station Master of Juri when Professor Anwar was born. He had 3 sisters and 8 brothers. Of the 11 brothers and sisters, 8 of them actively participated in the historic Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. Four of Professor Anwar Hossain's brothers were awarded Gallantry Awards for their acts of valour during the war. They were Lt. Colonel Abu Taher, Abu Yusuf Khan, Shakhawat Hossain Bahar and Waresat Hussain Belal, who were awarded the Bir Uttam, Bir Bikram, Bir Protik and Bir Protik respectively. No other family in Bangladesh has received four Gallantry Awards.

Academic career[edit]

He obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in 1971 from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka and completed his M.Sc from the same department in 1972. He did his M.Sc thesis under supervision of Professor Kamaluddin Ahmed. Following year he joined Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka as a lecturer. In 1982 he went to Kyoto University, Japan for his doctorate degree and achieved it in 1985. The research topic of M. Anwar Hossain was “Photosynthesis : Plant's Defense Mechanism Against Photo-Oxidative Damage.”

He became an assistant professor at 1985 and associate professor at 1990. From 1994 to till date he is working as a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka. He was chairman from 2001-2003.

Professor Hossain was elected as Dean of the Biological Sciences and he is the current President of the Teachers Association of the University of Dhaka. Since May, 18 th 2012 M. Anwar Hossain is the Vice-Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University.

Research career[edit]

After his PhD he returned to Bangladesh for 2–3 years, and then again went to Kyoto Prefectural University as a part of a Biotechnology Career Fellowship Program (1987-1990). This time he studied plant genetic engineering.

From 1991-1994 and 1995-1996 he worked in Purdue University, USA and Kyoto University, Japan respectively as visiting scientist (Full-time professor) during which he worked for developing submergence (flood) tolerant rice. This research was the frontier step in biological field.

He has a patent in USA on discovery of Anoxia inducible promoter isolated from rice for its potential use in Cancer research in 2001.[2] His current research involves group of Scientists, Research Fellows, Ph.D., M.Phil. and Masters course students from University of Dhaka, Bangabandhu Sk. Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University and Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI). A project entitled “Genetic Engineering of Rice to Develop Flooding Tolerant High-Yielding Cultivars” financed by the Rockefeller Foundation under the International Rice Biotechnology Program and Ministry of Science and Technology (S&T), GOB, is being conducted by Hossain. He is also leading research on bioremediation.


  1. Japanese Monbusho Scholarship in 1982
  2. University Grants Commission (UGC) Award 1985 for the research paper entitled, 'Monodehydroascorbate reductase from cucumber is a flavin adenine dinucleotide enzyme' which was adjudged as the best publication in 1985 in fundamental research in the field of Biological Sciences in Bangladesh.
  3. The Rockefeller Foundation Biotechnology Carrier Fellowship in 1987.
  4. The Rockefeller Foundation Visiting Scientist Fellowship in 1991.
  5. Visiting Professorship in Kyoto University, Japan in 1995.
  6. Justice Ibrahim Gold Medal for the year 1993 for outstanding research in Biological Sciences.


Anwar Hossain is a regular columnist in the national daily newspapers.[3] He writes in blogs regularly.[4] He has four books published:

  1. সি এম এম কোর্টে জবানবন্দি
  2. কাঠগড়ায় ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ঃ রিমান্ড ও কারাগারের দিনলিপি
  3. গণতান্ত্রিক রাষ্ট্র ও সেনাবাহিনী
  4. মহান মুক্তিযুদ্ধ ও ৭ই নভেম্বর অভ্যুত্থানে কর্নেল তাহের


  1. ^ http://www.gebudhaka.net/geb/index.php/about-us/history
  2. ^ http://www.google.com/patents/US6541621.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.kalerkantho.com/?view=details&archiev=yes&arch_date=08-05-2012&type=gold&data=Cook&pub_no=876&cat_id=1&menu_id=178&news_type_id=1&index=0
  4. ^ http://www.nirmaaan.com/blog/anwarhossain/6162