Md. Tofazzal Islam
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Md. Tofazzal Islam
Islam in Dhaka (Feb 2012)
মোঃ তোফাজ্জল ইসলাম
|Alma mater||Bangladesh Agricultural University|
Md. Tofazzal Islam (born December 20, 1966) is an ecological chemist, educator, and author from Bangladesh. He is now a professor of the Department of Biotechnology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Gazipur. He joined Bangladesh Open University (BOU) as a lecturer in 1994 and became an assistant, associate and full professor in 1997, 2004 and 2010, respectively. He joined BSMRAU on July 1, 2010 as a professor and head of the Department of Biotechnology.
Early life and education
Islam was born in 1966 in Shashai village of Brahmanbaria District in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). His father, Bazlur Rahman, is a farmer and mother, Khaleda Khanom is a house wife. He witnessed the atrocities of Pakistani armies during liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, which delayed starting of his primary education. He started his primary education from Grade 2 at a newly established a primary school at Shashai. As the elder son, during his primary and secondary education, he participated with his parents for maintaining the family from production of crops. He was a meritorious student in his schools and never stood second from Grade 2-10. He passed SSC and HSC from Satbarga High School and Brahmanbaria Government College, respectively securing First Division in both cases.
He obtained B Sc Ag (Hon) and M Sc (Ag) in agricultural chemistry from Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU). He secured First Position in the First Class in both the cases in order of merit. He did M Sc in ecological chemistry (1999) and PhD in applied bioscience (2002) from Hokkaido University, Japan.
Tofazzal Islam married Hasna Hena Begum in 1995. She is currently serving as the Senior Specialist (Soil and Environment) of the Waste Concern, Bangladesh. They have one son - Tahsin Islam Sakif who was born on July 2, 1997. Hasna Hena did her Ph.D. in plant physiology at Hokkaido University in 2003.
Tofazzal Islam has been working on ecological chemistry of Peronosporomycete phytopathogens and applied phytochemistry since 1997. His MS and PhD theses were involved in understanding cell biology of flagellar motility, taxis, viability and differentiation of zoospores of the oomycete phytopathogens when interacting with host and nonhost plant secondary metabolites. He elucidated mechanisms of damping-off disease control in spinach and sugar beet by Lysobacter sp. SB-K88. He has awarded a fellowship (2003–2005) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to work on ‘signaling systems between root and rhizoplane microorganisms including oomycetes and their agricultural usage’ at the said laboratory of Hokkaido University.
Tofazzal Islam published more than 100 research papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals and books series, more than 150 articles in national dailies and periodicals, seven books. Most of his fundamental research contributions have been published in some world-leading international journals and reviews such as -
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Phytochemistry, Phytopathology, Plant and Soil, Biological Control, European Journal of Plant Pathology, Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, Journal of Pesticide Science, Journal of Basic Microbiology, World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, The Journal of Antibiotics, Journal of General Plant Pathology and so on.
His one of the pioneer researchers in open and distance learning (ODL) in Bangladesh. As the founder teacher, he significantly contributed to the establishment of School of Agriculture and Rural Development at Bangladesh Open University. His research book titled "Information and Communication Technology in Education" published by Paragon Enterprises Ltd. in Bangla language has been well accepted by readers and elites. Recently, he co-edited a book Effectively Implementing Information Communication Technology in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region with Jim Peterson, Okhwa Lee, and Matthew Piscioneri.
He presented research findings and chaired sessions in many international conferences/symposia in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, Malaysia, China, Nepal, India, and Jamaica.
Islam worked as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (2007–2009) at Georg-August-Universitat Goettingen, Germany with Andreas von Tiedemann in the Division of Plant Pathology and Plant Protection. His research interests are concentrated in understanding the underlying molecular mechanism of asexual sporulation in peronosporomycetes and signal transduction pathways of chemotaxis and differentiation of zoospores. He has made outstanding leadership in addressing rapid wheat blast outbreak in Bangladesh in 2016. Since wheat blast first emerged in Bangladesh, the genetic identity and origin of wheat blast fungus was detected by an international collaborative team, Prof. Tofazzal Islam from Bangladesh led this team . His research findings on molecular biological studies on wheat blast fungus published in BMC Biology 2016 and mitigation of the fearsome wheat blast disease by development of blast resistant wheat varieties are ongoing projects. In addition, he has been collaborating with Prof. Yusuke Yamauchi and Dr. Shahriar Hossain of Wollongong University in Australia to utilize nanotechnology for production of high valued products from jute fiber, development of nanopesticide and preparation of agriculturally and environmentally valuable mesoporous nanomaterials. Their fruitful collaboration already produced an outstanding publications in Nature Communication 2017. Prof. Islam is the Chief Editor of a Springer book series Bacillus and Agrobiotechnology. He worked on the development of a convenient molecular diagnostic tool for diagnosing anthracnose diseases in asymptomatic strawberry plants with Prof. Daniel Panaccione at West Virginia University as a Fulbright Scholar.
Area of specialization and research interests
- Genomics and genome editing for blast resistance in wheat
- Molecular Plant-Oomycte Interaction
- Applied and Environmental Microbiology
- Ecological Chemistry
- Plant probiotics and their usage as biofertilizers and biopesticides
Administrative, academic and other position (leadership)
- Member, Board of Governors (BOG, highest authority of BOU), Bangladesh Open University (BOU), 1997–98.
- Member, Academic Council (2010), BOU.
- Dean (in charge), School of Agriculture and Rural Development, BOU in 1996.
- Vice-President (elected), Shaheed Nazmul Ahsan Hall Sangsad (1991–92), BAU.
- General Secretary, Executive Committee of Bangladesh Open University Teachers Association (BOUTA), 1995–96.
- Member, Bangladesh Federation of University Teachers Association in 1995–96.
- Member, Executive Committee of BOUTA in 1996–97, 2002–03, 2010–11.
- Head (July 2010 to July 2012), Department of Biotechnology, BSMRAU, Gazipur, Bangladesh.
- Member (July 2010 to date), Academic Council, BSMRAU, Gazipur, Bangladesh.
- Member (July 2010 to date), Academic Council, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University, Bangladesh.
- Member (October 2010 to date), Executive Committee, School of Life Science, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
- Director (July 2012 to date), Outreach Program, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Gazipur, Bangladesh
- Syndicate Member, Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU), Sylhet, Bangladesh
Award and prizes
- Islamic Development Bank Transformers Roadshow Competition Prize 2018
- Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship from 2017 to 2018 in USA
- Vocational Excellence Award 2017 for Outstanding Contribution to Science and Technology from the Rotary Club of Uttara (RI Dist 3281), Bangladesh.
- Abdul Mannan Memorial Award 2017 from the Hafiza Khatun Memorial Trust.
- The “Genius Award 2016” from the Bangladesh Education Observation Society, Bangladesh.
- Food and Agriculture Award 2011 from CSRL (campaign for sustainable livelihoods), Oxfam and GROW for outstanding contribution to agriculture.
- University Grants Commission (UGC) Award 2008 for the second time (award received in May 2011) for outstanding fundamental research discoveries in Agricultural Sciences.
- Georg Forster Research Award and Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2007-2009)
- UGC Research Award 2004 from the University Grants Commission (UGC), Dhaka, Bangladesh for fundamental research accomplishments in agricultural science.
- Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry (JSBBA) Best Young Scientist Award 2003 for significant research discovery in Ecochemical Interactions between Plants and Phytopathogenic Peronosporomycetes.
- JSPS Foreign Researcher Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research at Hokkaido University from April 2003 to March 2005
- Monbukagakusho Scholarship for MS and Ph D Study at Hokkaido University (1997–2002).
- Gold Medal from the Honorable President of Bangladesh and the Chancellor of BAU Prof. Iazuddin Ahmed for securing first position in M. Sc. (Ag.) among all students in all the department of the Faculty of Agriculture with more than 75% marks in 1989 (held in 1995).
- BAU Chancellor's Prize from the Honorable Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia for securing First Position in the First Class in B. Sc. Ag. (Hons.) in 1988 (held in 1991).
- Prof. Karim Memorial Award in 1992.
- University Grants Commission Merit Scholarship in 1990.
- Commonwealth Academic Fellowship of UK in 2012
- Bangladesh Academy of Sciences Gold Medal 2011
Professor Tofazzal Islam published more than 150 research papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals and books series, more than 150 articles in national dailies and periodicals, seven books. Most of his fundamental research contributions have been published in some world-leading international journals and reviews such as -Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, BMC Biology, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, PLOS ONE, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Natural Products Chemistry, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Phytochemistry, Phytopathology, Plant and Soil, Biological Control, European Journal of Plant Pathology, Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, Journal of Pesticide Science, Journal of Basic Microbiology, World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, The Journal of Antibiotics, Journal of General Plant Pathology, Journal of Basic Microbiology and so on.
1. Plant probiotic bacteria Bacillus and Paraburkholderia improve growth, yield and content of antioxidants in strawberry fruit. Mosaddiqur Rahman, Abdullah As Sabir, Julakha Akter Mukta, Md. Mohibul Alam Khan, Mohammad Mohi-Ud-Di, Md. Gishuddin Miah, Mahfuzur Rahman, Md Tofazza Islam. Scientific Reports (2018) 8:2504.
2. Application of CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing Technology for the Improvement of Crops Cultivated in Tropical Climates: Recent Progress, Prospects, and Challenges. Haque E, Taniguchi H, Hassan MM, Bhowmik P, Karim MR, Smiech M, Zhao K, Rahman M and Islam T (2018) Front. Plant Sci. (2018) 9:617.
3. Enhancement of Growth and Grain Yield of Rice in Nutrient Deficient Soils by Rice Probiotic Bacteria. Khan MMA, Haque E, Paul NC, Khaleque MA, Al-Garni SMS, Islam MT. Rice Science (2017) 24(5): 264-273.
4. Mesoporous metallic rhodium nanoparticles. Bo Jiang, Cuiling Li, Omer Dag, Hideki Abe, Toshiaki Takei, Tsubasa Imai, Md. Shahriar A. Hossain, Md. Tofazzal Islam, Kathleen Wood, Joel Henzie & Yusuke Yamauchi. Nature Communications (2017) 8:15581.
5. Molecular Identification of Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Fish Pathogenic Enterococcus faecalis and their Control by Medicinal Herbs. Muntasir Rahman, Md. Mahbubur Rahman, Suzan Chandra Deb, Md. Shahanoor Alam, Md. Jahangir Alam & Md. Tofazzal Islam. Scientific Reports (2017) 7, Article number: 3747.
6. Bacilli and Agrobiotechnology. Islam MT, Rahman M, Piyush P and Aeron A. (2017) An edited series book published by Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-44408-6 (Print) 978-3-319-44409-3 (Online). pp. 416.
7. Emergence of wheat blast in Bangladesh was caused by a South American lineage of Magnaporthe oryzae. M. Tofazzal Islam, Daniel Croll, Pierre Gladieux, Darren M. Soanes, Antoine Persoons, Pallab Bhattacharjee, Md. Shaid Hossain, Dipali Rani Gupta, Md. Mahbubur Rahman, M. Golam Mahboob, Nicola Cook, Moin U. Salam, Musrat Zahan Surovy, Vanessa Bueno Sancho, João Leodato Nunes Maciel, Antonio NhaniJúnior, Vanina Lilián Castroagudín, Juliana T. de Assis Reges, Paulo Cezar Ceresini, Sebastien Ravel, Ronny Kellner, Elisabeth Fournier, Didier Tharreau, Marc-Henri Lebrun, Bruce A. McDonald, Timothy Stitt, Daniel Swan, Nicholas J. Talbot, Diane G. O. Saunders, Joe Win and Sophien Kamoun. BMC Biology (2016) 14:84
8. Inhibitory effects of macrotetrolides from Streptomyces spp. on zoosporogenesis and motility of peronosporomycete zoospores are likely linked with enhanced ATPase activity in mitochondria. Islam MT et al. 2016. Frontiers in Microbiology 7: 1824.
9. Protein kinase C is likely to be involved in zoosporogenesis and maintenance of flagellar motility in the Peronosporomycete zoospores. M. T. Islam, A. von Tiedemann, H. Laatsch. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (2011) 24: 938-947.
10. Dynamic rearrangement of F-actin organization triggered by host-specific plant signal is linked to morphogenesis of Aphanomyces cochlioides zoospores. M. T. Islam. Cell Mot. Cytoskel. (2008) 65: 553-562.
11. Disruption of ultrastructure and cytoskeletal network is involved with biocontrol of damping-off pathogen Aphanomyces cochlioides by Lysobacter sp. strain SB-K88. M. T. Islam (2008) Biol. Contr. 46: 312-321.
12. Suppression of damping-off disease in host plants by the rhizoplane bacterium Lysobacter sp. strain SB-K88 is linked to plant colonization and antibiosis against soilborne Peronosporomycetes. M. T. Islam, Y. Hashidoko, A. Deora, T. Ito, S. Tahara (2005) Appl.Environ. Microbiol. 71: 3786-3796.
13. Host-specific plant signal and G-protein activator, mastoparan, triggers differentiation of zoospores of the phytopathogenic oomycete Aphanomyces cochlioides. M. T. Islam, T. Ito, S. Tahara. Plant Soil (2003) 255: 131-142.
14. Zoosporicidal activity of polyflavonoid tannin identified in Lannea coromandelica stem bark against phytopathogenic oomycete Aphanomyces cochlioides. M. T. Islam, T. Ito, M. Sakasai, S. Tahara. J. Agric. Food Chem. (2002) 50: 6697-6703.
15. Dihydroflavonols from Lannea coromandelica. M. T. Islam, S. Tahara. Phytochemistry (2000) 54: 901-907.
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