Maqsudul Alam

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Maqsudul Alam
Born (1954-12-14)14 December 1954
Faridpur, East Bengal, Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Died 20 December 2014(2014-12-20) (aged 60)
Hawaii, United States
Resting place Hawaii General Park, U.S.
Nationality Bangladeshi
American
Institutions University of Hawaii at Manoa
Alma mater Moscow State University
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Known for Jute genome decoding
Spouse Rafia Hasina
Children 1

Maqsudul Alam (December 14, 1954 – December 20, 2014)[1] was a Bangladeshi American scientist and professor. Alam achieved four milestones in genomics: sequencing the genomes of papaya, rubber, jute and fungus.[2] Alam was a professor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a member of advisory board at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.

Career[edit]

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.

Death[edit]

Alam died on December 20, 2014 at the Queen’s medical center, Honolulu, Hawaii.[3] He was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Daily Dhaka Tribune
  2. ^ The Daily Star
  3. ^ "Daily Jugantor article". Daily Jugantor. December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jute genome decoder Maqsudul Alam passes away". Daily Star. December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2014.