I teach, do research, am always curious to learn more, and communicate science. I think that an enthusiastic and self-motivated teacher can help shape the future of the next generation of learners through teaching, research, and other scholarly activities. I am now developing abiotic stress-tolerant and micronutrient-enriched rice cultivars using genome editing and genetic engineering as a visiting research fellow at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). In 2006, I earned a doctorate in Agricultural Biotechnology from Chungbuk National University in South Korea. At Tsukuba University in Japan, where I was pursuing a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2007 to 2009, my primary duty was to create genetically engineered lettuce plants that included the taste-modifying protein Miraculin. At the University of Florida (2009–2011) I completed my study as a Research Associate where I was developing transgenic greening and canker-resistant citrus cultivars. I have an extensive background in plant tissue culture, bioreactor-based commercial production of plant cells, and plant genetic engineering. My primary research interests include identifying new genes from local biodiversity, genome engineering, and genome editing to generate climate-resilient and micronutrient-rich crops. I am also interested in functional genomics, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, microbiome studies metabolomics, metabolic engineering, clean-energy production, secondary metabolism in endangered species, and their conservation. As the coordinator of Jahangirnagar University's institutional biosafety committee, I was attempting to build institutional biosafety & biosecurity policies and procedures. My role as an additional director in the Institutional Quality Assurance Cell at Jahangirnagar University required me to organize and lead a wide range of training activities and research and design novel approaches to teaching and learning (IQAC, JU). Through Science Porter Bangladesh, I am working to energize and engage young people to adopt new technologies and raise public awareness towards climate change, GMOs, and poverty elimination. At Network for Agribiotech and Nutrition (NABN), I want to help bridge the knowledge gap and other obstacles in the way of commercializing genetically modified crops by bringing together people from regulators, scholars, biotechnologists, and nutritionists. A major focus of my studies is developing and implementing strategies to ensure adequate intake of micronutrients, and resolving the issues related to climate change via the use of cutting-edge biotechnology in the food chain.
Cisgenic/Transgenic Plant development, Genome editing, Cryopreservation, Genetic Engineering, Proteomics, Cell Genetics, Natural products, Stress Physiology, Bio-Diesel production, Medicinal plants, Bioreactor Culture, Antimicrobial Research, Frugal Science, Science Communication, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Metabolomics
JOURNAL PAPERSium Ahmed, Faisal Bin Rahman and Abdullah Mohammad Shohael, In vitro analysis of phytoconstituents and bioactivities of Senna alata L. leaf extracts. (2021), Discovery Phytomedicine, 2021.
Discovery Phytomedicine (Accepted)Moin AT, Chowdhury MA, Riana SH,Ullah Md.A, Araf Y, Sarkar B, Shohael AM, An Updated Overview of Herpes Simplex Virus-1 Infection: Insights from Origin to Mitigation Measures. (2021), Electronic Journal of General Medicine,
Electron J Gen Med. 18(1):emXXX.Bishajit Sarkar, Fayza Akter, Fatema Tuz Johora, Md. Asad Ullah, and Abdullah Mohammad Shohael, Micronutrient Biofortification in Rice through New Breeding Techniques (NBTs): Bangladesh Perspective. (2021), Current Nutraceuticals,
Current Nutraceuticals (DOI: 10.2174/2665978601999201202114714) (In Press)Shahad Saif Khandker, Alamgir Kabir, Md. Jahid Hasan, Abdullah Mohammad Shohael, Siew Hua Gan, Md. Ibrahim Khalil, Md Asiful Islam, Tareq Hossan and Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Elachi Lemon (Citrus limon) Peel and Pulp: Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, Anticoagulant Activities, Bioactive Compounds, Minerals, and Heavy Metals. (2021), 2021.
Current Bioactive Compounds.(DOI:10.2174/1573407215999201005164239) (In Press)Faisal Bin Rahman and Abdullah Mohammad Shohael et al, A comprehensive multi-directional exploration of phytochemicals and bioactivities of flower extracts from Delonix regia (Bojer ex Hook.) Raf., Cassia fistula L. and Lagerstroemia speciosa L. (2020), doi: DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrep.2020.100805
Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports. (DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrep.2020.100805) (In press).Sium Ahmed, Dil Afroj Moni, Kailas Dashrath Sonawane, Kee Yoeup Paek and Abdullah Mohammad Shohael, A comprehensive in silico exploration of pharmacological properties, bioactivities and COX-2 inhibitory potential of eleutheroside B from Eleutherococcus senticosus (Rupr. & Maxim.) Maxim. (2020), doi: DOI: 10.1080/07391102.2020.1803135
Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. (DOI: 10.1080/07391102.2020.1803135)Sium Ahmed, Bilkis Mehrin Moni, Shawon Ahmed, Donald James Gomes and Abdullah Mohammad Shohael, Comparative phytochemical, antioxidant, and antibacterial study of different parts of Doigota plants (Bixa orellana L.) (2020), Bulletin of the National Research Centre, doi: doi.org/10.1186/s42269-020-00349-1
Bulletin of the National Research Centre 44, 95. https://doi.org/10.1186/s42269-020-00349-1Hanan Ashrafi, Muntequa Ishtiaq Siraji, Nazmir Nur Showva, Md. Mozammel Hossain, Tareq Hossen, Md. Ashraful Hasan, Abdullah Mohammad Shohael and Mohammad Mahfuz Ali Khan Shawan, Structure to function analysis with antigenic characterization of a hypothetical protein, HPAG1_0576 from Helicobacter pylori HPAG1. (2019),
Bioinformation. 15(7): 456-466.Sium Ahmed and Abdullah Mohammad Shohael, In silico studies of four anthraquinones of Senna alata L. As potential antifungal compounds. (2019),
PharmacologyOnline. 2: 259-268.Sium Ahmed, Shawon Ahmed, Swapan Kumar Roy, Sun Hee Woo, Kailas Dashrath Sonawane and Abdullah Mohammad Shohael, Effect of salinity on the morphological, physiological and biochemical properties of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) in Bangladesh. (2019),
Open Agriculture. 4: 361-373.
Hands-on Laboratory Course on CRISPR-Cas Gene Editing
Position: Training (NFAO-2018)
New Frontiers in Algal Omics
Rice Molecular Biology
Position: JSPS Postdoctoral fellow
Plant Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering
Position: Research Associate
Cell Genetics & Genetic Engineering