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Book of AbstractConference on Promotion of Biotechnology in Bangladesh: National and International Perspectives April 6, 7 & 8

Compiled byMustak Ibn Ayub S M Mahbubur Rashid Md. Mehedi Hasan

Published ByConference Secreteriat: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of Dhaka

Printed ByDigital Sajghar 34, Northbrook Hall Road, Dhaka-1100 Ph: 01712964636

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PreambleBiotechnology is a multidisciplinary Science which has the potential to play a major role in National Development. Management and consolidation of Biotechnology activities in the country is therefore essential in order to implement a coordinated and coherent plan for the countrys development. In this context, the recent publication of the Biotechnology Policy of the Government through the Ministry of Science, Information and Communication Technology (MoSICT), is a welcome document. However the most important need of the hour is to mobilize this policy into an effective plan of action with tangible benefits in the immediate, short-term and long-term future of Bangladesh. This will not only require an effective prioritization of scientific research, but also identification of successful strategies for generating sustainable funding for work in specific areas of Medicine, Health, Agriculture, Environment and Energy and related industries. For the first time in the country, the Government, Public and Private Universities, a Major Science Academy and the Private Sector are jointly organizing this 3-day conference to brainstorm and put ideas forward in an effort to promote Biotechnology in Bangladesh. The Ministry of Science, Information and Communication Technology, University of Dhaka, BRAC University, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research (ICDDR,B), Square Pharmaceuticals, Incepta Pharmaceuticals and East West Seed (Bangladesh) Ltd. are sponsoring this major event. The participation of other relevant government agencies, academic and research institutes, both public and private, banking institutions, and the private sector, are also being welcomed. It is hoped that the deliberations of the conference will result in the following actions: 1. Scientific capacity assessment within the country in terms of identifiable research outputs of government, non-government and private institutes working on Biotechnology-related activities. Strengthening, management and appropriate networking of existing research institutes and universities. Effective partnership with government agencies and industry for delivering research output. Strategies for upgrading 1-2 selected institutes into Centers of Excellence, e.g. the National Institute of Biotechnology, NIB. 2. Establishment of International Linkages with Scientific Centers of Excellence and arranging collaboration with the help of Expatriate Scientists. Identification of local areas of strength as well as need, which could attract foreign funding and collaboration. 3. Prioritization of research goals and activities and strategies for implementation of deliverable outputs in tune with some of the Millennium Development Goals. It is expected that the deliberations of the conference will produce a targeted plan of action for biotechnological research activities for National Development. The plan should lead to tangible outputs through cooperation, networking and coordination, not only among local and expatriate scientists, but also with the Government, industry and end-users for the welfare of the general population of Bangladesh. The idea for the conference was initiated by Expatriate and Local Senior Scientists and the forum of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists built through the website, Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists, or GNOBB on a purely voluntary basis. This site has played a crucial role in bringing the Bangladeshi Biotechnology Community all over the world together over the past two years. The multifaceted activities of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists and important advances in the diverse fields of biotechnology have been regularly highlighted in this website. GNOBB was also responsible for bringing the student community together through the formation of the Young Bangladeshi Biotechnologists webbased group, YoungBB. A one day preliminary seminar also took place successfully at the Center of Excellence, University of Dhaka on the 28th December, 2006 to initiate the activities for the current 3-day conference. The response to the call of the conference from Biotechnologists within Bangladesh has been overwhelming. More than 300 participants have already registered for the conference. We were unable to

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accommodate many undergraduate students, who were eager to participate. Many expatriate scientists have agreed to participate voluntarily and will be presenting their work. Some scientists unable to physically participate are providing information through the survey questionnaire, which will be published in the book of abstracts. We are very sorry that we were unable to accommodate many oral presentations because of time constraints in this 3-day promotional and scientific conference. Well known Scientific Leaders from India, Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia are joining us to share their experience and help us in our endeavors. COMSTECH and ICGEB have joined our efforts to make this important participation possible. Messages from some expatriate and foreign well-wishing scientists have been included in the book of abstracts. Abstracts have been published as received from the participants, without any editing. The abstracts have been named after the scientist who communicated with us. In a few cases, we were unaware whether the communicator was a student or professor-we hope that any error in this regard will be overlooked. The effort of expatriate scientists, conference conveners, conference chairs, chairs of other committees, Committee members, senior scientists at the venue, ICDDR,B and most of all the young and enthusiastic volunteers at the conference secretariat have been crucial in organization of the conference. Grateful mention must also be made of the young student webmasters of the conference website, promotebiotechbd.net. However organizational lapses may occur and request is being made to the participants to overlook these and join hands to make the conference a resounding success.

Conference Secretariat

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Brief ContentsProgram Oral Presentations Poster Presentations Expatriate and Foreign Scientists Abstracts and Messages Questionnaire Conference Committees Index of Scientists Name 05 - 11 14 - 73 74 - 141 142 - 145 146 - 230 231 - 239 240 - 242

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PROGRAMConference on Promotion of Biotechnology in Bangladesh: National and International PerspectivesDay-1 April 6, 2007: Venue: ICDDR, B, Sasakawa Auditorium Inaugural Session: Chief guest Honorable Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Advisor, MoSICT Special Guest: Dr. C. S. Karim, Honorable Adviser, MoAProf. A.S. Islam Retired Professor, Botany, DU Prof. Jamilur Reza Choudhury Vice Chancellor, BRAC University Prof. Naiyyum Choudhury Secretary, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) Dr. David Sack Executive Director, ICDDR,B Dr. S.M.A Faiz Vice Chancellor, Dhaka University Prof. Shamsher Ali President, BAS Dr. C. S. Karim Honorable Adviser, MoA Mr. Tapan Chowdhury Honorable Adviser, MoSICT Recitation of verses from the Holy Quran relating to the theme of the Conference and their Translation Welcome Address and conference objective Current Status and Prospects for Biotechnology in Bangladesh Speech by Guest of Honor Speech by Guest of Honor Speech by Guest of Honor Speech by the Special guest Inaugural address by the Chief Guest

April 6-8, 2007, Dhaka, Bangladesh

9:00 - 10:10

Tea:

10:10 - 11:00

Scientific Session 1: 11:00 -13:00 Chair: Dr. A. K. Azad Khan, Secretary General, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh Co-Chair: Dr. Anwar Nasim, Adviser Science, COMSTECH, PakistanProf. Ahmed A. Azad (Scientific Adviser (CSA), ICGEB and TWAS Research Professor, BRAC University) Dr. S. M. Faruque (Head, Molecular Genetics, ICDDR, B) Dr. Alam Nur--Kamal (Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA) Dr. Lamia Sharmeen (Nanoderm Therapeutics, Founder and CSO, USA) Novel Therapeutic Strategies against AIDS Progression based on the Structure and Function of HIV-1 Pathogenic Proteins Nef and Vpr. Potential For Biotechnology In Environmental Intervention To Prevent Epidemic Diseases: Cholera As A Model Embryonic Stem Cells: Potential Use in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Drug Discovery Knowledge And Application: Strategies to Reinvent The R&D Business Model

LUNCH 6

13:00-14:15

Scientific Session 2: Chair: Prof. S. Hadiuzzaman, Botany, DU Co-Chair: Dr. C.M. Hasan, Chairman, BCSIRDr. Abed Chaudhury (CSIRO, Australia) Dr. Firdausi Qadri (Head, Immunology, ICDDR,B) Prof. A.K. Azad Choudhury (Pharmacy, DU) Prof. M. Anwar Hossain, (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Dean, Biological Science Faculty, DU) Prof. Haseena Khan (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, DU)

14:15-16.45

Biotechnological Approaches in Hybrid Development Vaccine Research, Development and Production: an important strategy for Reducing Infectious Diseases in Bangladesh Biotechnology to Solve some Local health Problems: Arsenicosis, Molecular Characterization of Pathogens, Emergence of Multi Drug Resistance and Development of Drugs for Multidrug Resistant Pathogens. Biosensors for Pesticide Detection in Fruits and Vegetables

Understanding Jute at The Molecular Level

TEA Scientific Session 3: 17:00-18.15 Chair: Dr. Abed Chaudhury, PI, CSIRO, Australia Co-Chair: Dr. Zafar IqbalDr. Abul Ekramoddoullah (Canadian Forest Service, Victoria, Canada) Prof. Zeba