14 December 1954|
Faridpur, East Bengal, Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
|Died||20 December 2014
Hawaii, United States
|Resting place||Hawaii General Park, U.S.|
|Institutions||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Alma mater||Moscow State University
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
|Known for||Jute genome decoding|
Maqsudul Alam (December 14, 1954 – December 20, 2014) was a Bangladeshi American scientist and professor. Alam achieved four milestones in genomics: sequencing the genomes of papaya, rubber, jute and fungus. Alam was a professor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a member of advisory board at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.
Alam and his team became globally famous after they discovered the genome sequence of ‘Tosha’ jute—the Jute Plant Draft Genome – in June, 2010. Their triumph continued as they sequenced the DNA make-up of a fungus, Macrophomina phaseolina, which reduces yield of more than 500 species of crops including jute, soybean, cotton, tobacco, maize and sunflower. Alam, who taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, had achieved two more milestones in genomics: sequencing the genomes of papaya in the US and rubber in Malaysia.