Zeba Islam Seraj
|Zeba Islam Seraj|
|Native name||জেবা ইসলাম সেরাজ|
12 January 1958 |
East Pakistan, Pakistan
|Known for||Rice research|
|Fields||Biotechnology and Molecular Biology|
|Institutions||University of Dhaka|
Zeba Islam Seraj is a Bangladeshi Scientist known for her research in developing salt-tolerant rice varieties suitable for growth in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. She is currently a Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka.
Seraj studied at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh obtaining a B.Sc. in 1980. She completed her M.Sc. from the same university in 1982. She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from University of Glasgow in 1986 and went to University of Liverpool for post-doctoral work in the following year. After completing her post-doc she joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka in 1988. She became an associate professor in 1991 and later a professor in 1997 at the same university. She has been supervising Plant Biotechnology projects funded by foreign and local grants as a Principal Investigator since 1991.
Seraj has established a well-equipped plant biotechnology laboratory at the University of Dhaka. She is a co-principal investigator of a project in the Generation Challenge Program (GCP)—an initiative to use molecular biology to help boost agricultural production. Seraj has worked on fine mapping of the major QTLs for salinity tolerance in Pokkali, a traditional rice landrace and application of markers to aid breeding programs for incorporation of salinity tolerance in rice. She also works on developing genetically modified rice varieties with improved salt tolerance suitable for growing in the coastal region of Bangladesh. She was the recipient of the PEER award (joint USAID-NSF initiative) for using next generation sequencing technologies to find the basis of salt tolerance of a rice landrace endemic to the Bangladesh coast, where University of Texas at Austin served as the host for collaborative work 
Seraj has been a visiting scientist in PBGB, IRRI (Constructs for salinity tolerance with Dr. John Bennett Jan-March 1998), PBGB & CSWS Division, IRRI(IRRI-PETRRA Bangladesh project on development of MV rice for the coastal wetlands of Bangladesh. June 11–29, 2002 and June 16–20, 2003), USDA research station at Beaumont, Texas, USA ( Aug. 4-16, 2003) and at the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Texas, Austin, USA as Norman Borlaug Fellow (August 15-December 15, 2005). She has been honored with Visiting researcher status at University of Texas at Austin (October 2014-September, 2018).
She was recently awarded with the Annanya Award, 2017 for her Scientific Research. 
- http://www.bmbudhaka.net/fac/zis.htm Archived March 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- http://beta.irri.org/news/images/stories/ricetoday/6-2/SS_less%20salt%20please.pdf Archived March 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Zeba Islam Seraj's lab website
- Barrell, Tony (17 December 2006). "Bangladesh: Rice is Life". Rice Bowl Tales. Story Transcript. ABC Radio National.
- "Partner and Product Highlights 2006" (PDF). Generation Challenge Programme. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2007.