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Zakaria Ahmed

Zakaria Ahmed

Principal Scientific Officer

Discipline: Microbiology
Bangladesh Jute Research Institute, Dhaka, 1207. Bangladesh


Dr. Zakaria Ahmed has completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc in Microbiology (1993 and 1995 respectively), Dhaka University, Bangladesh. He has completed Ph.D in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (2000), Ehime University, Japan. Dr. Ahmed worked in National Food Research Institute, Japan (2003-2005) as JSPS Postdoctoral fellow; Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), Bangladesh (1996-2003) as Scientific Officer, Primeasia University (2007-2016) as Assistant and Associate Professor; Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia (2010-2011) as Senior Lecturer and at present, working BJRI in Microbiology discipline. Dr. Ahmed published several articles in different prestigious international and local journals, presented at international scientific conferences and meetings. He is the reviewer and editorial board members of several reputed international journals. Dr. Zakaria was awarded Junior High School Governmental Scholarship (1983 to 1986); Departmental Scholarship (1989 to 1993); Governmental General Scholarship (1993 to 1995); Japanese MONBUSHO scholarship (1997-2000) and JSPS post-doctoral fellowship (2003-2005). He has memberships in various professional scientific bodies. His current and previous research interests are environmental and natural product microbiology with particular reference to search for bio-pesticides for the control of crop and animal pests as a strategy of improving food security, search for antimicrobial agents from medicinal plants, synthesis of bioactive natural products; bacterial enzyme and its application; medical microbiology and jute & its related research. Dr. Ahmed has a hobby to write popular articles in daily newspapers regarding microbiology and also published some of these.

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Principal Scientific Officer Since January 2022

Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (Dhaka BD)

Worked with scientists; prepared scientific reports and manuscripts and published papers in reputed scientific journals. Participated in interdisciplinary research and development projects.

Senior Scientific Officer September 2016 - January 2022

Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (Dhaka BD)

Participated in interdisciplinary research and development projects; Worked with scientists; prepared scientific reports and manuscripts and published papers in reputed scientific journals. Gained experience: Enzyme Production ; Softening For Barky Root End; Softening Of Fiber For Better Spinning; Biochemical Analysis Ofjute Plants; Value Added Product

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR January 2012 - June 2016

Primeasia University (Dhaka BD)

Teaching and research in Microbiology

Assistant Professor January 2007 - January 2012

Primeasia University (Dhaka BD)

Teaching and Research in Microbiology


DOCTORAL DEGREE September 1997 - September 2000

Ehime University (Matsuyama JP)

Gained experience in many microbiological and enzymatic techniques including: Isolation And Identification Of Microbes; Isolation, Purification, Immobilization And Characterization Of The Enzyme; Optimization Of Transformation Reactions; Separation Of The Product Using Various Column Chromatography; Identification Of The Product By Analyses The High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Infra-Red (IR) Spectra, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectra Melting Point And Optical Rotation Measurements.

Masters January 1993 - January 1995

Dhaka University (Dhaka BD)

Gained experience in the field of Radiation Biology and various aspects of radiation sterilization techniques such as: Radiation Dose Determination, D10 Value; HPLC Analysis; UV Spectrophotometric Analysis; Potency Determination of Various Pharmaceutical Products, etc.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE January 1989 - January 1993

University of Dhaka (Dhaka BD)

Studied basic on Microbiology


Scientist Award, Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

International Conference for Award Winners in Engineering, Science and Medicine, 15 & 16-Apr-2023, Pondicherry, India

Mowlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani Award 2017

Sponsered by Bangladesh Unnoyon Shongsod, 14 Purana Polton, Darus Salam Arched, (8th Floor), Dhaka 1000

Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship in Post-doctoral level 2003

Government of Japan

Japanese Governmental Scholarship (MONBUSHO) in doctoral course 1997

Government of Japan

Departmental Scholarship 1993

academic feat in undergraduate level

Governmental General Scholarship in graduate level 1993

scholastic result in undergraduate level, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh

Junior High School Governmental Scholarship 1986

academic feat in class eight

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