Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Muhammad Maqsud Hossain

Full Time Faculty

Director, NSU Genome Research Institute (NGRI)

Associate Professor


Ph. D. (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology), University of Nottingham, UK

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 1903

Office: SAC614

Curriculum Vitae


I am currently the Director of country’s first ever genome research center, NSU Genome Research Institute (NGRI) and also Associate Professor of the Dept of Biochemistry and Microbiology.  I was one of the founding faculty members  of the Department and  also working as an honorary consultant in developing and implementing future projects of a Bangladesh-based Research Unit of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Global Network for maternal and child health. A scientist with over a decade of specialism in bioinformatics, genomics and molecular microbiology and  extensive experience gained by working at the renowned University of Nottingham, A star  Genome Institute of Singapore where I  was a central part of the analysis, interpretation and writing of the genome sequencing projects involving RNA editing pattern in different human diseases such as cancer and effect of this biological process in the developmental processes of human and other animals. This experience was built on through research at University of Nottingham (eg. Emes and Hossain, BMC Genomics, 2015), icddr,b., Moredun Research Institute and training at European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, University College London, and Birmingham University. Recent interests of  my group are comparative genomics to understand gene function and evolution and functional genomics. Significance and impact of our research has been through creation of original analysis tools and comprehensive interpretation of complex biological data enabling challenging research to be undertaken. Our identification of the lack of a coherent capability in complex biological/biomedical data analysis drove the creation of the NSU Genome Research Institute (NGRI) in May, 2017. Under my co-direction NGRI has since secured funding and looking for potential grant opportunities in collaboration with other national and international institutes such as University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of Nottingham, IIIT Delhi and many others. The research works of NGRI has already been resulted in few publications in international journals and the Institute has also established the infrastructure for biobanking and genetic analysis around 50,000 samples from different stages of pregnancy to identify potential genetic and epigenetic markers for intervention of different maternal, neonatal and child health related adverse conditions.

MAQSUD HOSSAIN, MUNIRUL ALAM, ABDUL KHALEQUE, SOHIDUL ISLAM, ABDUS SADIQUE, NAYEIM KHANA, ZAHRA HALIMA, MRINMOY SARKER, NAJIB M. EL-SAYEDD, ANWAR HUQ, GIAS UDDIN AHSAN, RITA R. COLWELL. Virulence-Related Genes Identified from the Genome Sequence of the Non-O1/Non-O139 Vibrio cholerae Strain VcN1, Isolated from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Genome Announc. March 2018, 6 (10), e01513-17

Molecular analysis of hemagglutinin, neuraminidase, matrix genes provide insight into the genetic diversity of seasonal H3N2 human influenza a viruses in Dhaka, Bangladesh 2018, VirusDisease, 29 (1),  54-60

MAQSUD HOSSAIN, S. A. E., TRACEY COFFEY, PHILIP N. WARD, RAY WILSON, JAMES A. LEIGH RICHARD D. EMES. 2015. Virulence related sequences; insights provided by comparative genomics of Streptococcus uberis of differing in virulence. BMC Genomics, 16, 334

REGAN, C. S., YON, L., HOSSAIN, M. & ELSHEIKHA, H. M. 2014. Prevalence of Entamoeba species in captive primates in zoological gardens in the UK. PeerJ, 2, e492.

AHMED, M. U., CHAWDHURY, F. A., HOSSAIN, M., SULTAN, S. Z., ALAM, M., SALAHUDDIN, G., ALAM, A., NESSA, K., NAHAR, S., SHAMA, A. W., ALAM, A. & RAHMAN, M. 2010. Monitoring antimicrobial susceptibility of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolated from Bangladesh during 1997-2006: emergence and pattern of drug-resistant isolates. J Health Popul Nutr, 28, 443-9.

MAQSUD HOSSAIN, A. A. T., S A M KHAIRUL BASHAR, SARDER A NAYEEM, JONAID SHAFIQ, DONALD JAMES GOMES, FARIZA SHAMS 2009. Shams An overview on Tuberculosis - Causative agent, Epidemiology, Management and Vaccination Bangladesh Journal of Medical Sciences, 15, 1-8.

MUHAMMAD MAQSUD HOSSAIN, F. S., S A M KHAIRUL BASHAR, ABDUL KHALEQUE, NAZMUL AHSAN KHAN, KHARIRUL AZAM, CHOUDHURY RAFIQUL AHSAN, AND DONALD JAMES 2009. Clinical aspects of Helicobacter pylori infection. Bangladesh Journal of Medical Sciences, 14, 155-168.

MUHAMMAD MAQSUD HOSSAIN, M. A. U., M ABDUL MALEK, S A M KHAIRUL BASHAR, PARVIN NOOR AND M MAJIBUR RAHMAN. 2008. Production of Extracellular Xylanase from Intestinal Bacteria in Termite. Bangladesh Journal of Microbiology, 25, 123-127.

MAQSUD HOSSAIN, S A M KHAIRUL BASHAR. 2005. Bioinformatics Research in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science, 12, 146-149.

SAHA, S. K., DARMSTADT, G. L., BAQUI, A. H., CROOK, D. W., ISLAM, M. N., ISLAM, M., HOSSAIN, M., EL ARIFEEN, S., SANTOSHAM, M. & BLACK, R. E. 2006. Molecular basis of resistance displayed by highly ciprofloxacin-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi in Bangladesh. J Clin Microbiol, 44, 3811-3.

NESSA, K., WARIS, S. A., SULTAN, Z., MONIRA, S., HOSSAIN, M., NAHAR, S., RAHMAN, H., ALAM, M., BAATSEN, P. & RAHMAN, M. 2004. Epidemiology and etiology of sexually transmitted infection among hotel-based sex workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. J Clin Microbiol, 42, 618-21.

  • Grand Challange Research Fund (GCRF), UK - 250,000.00 GBP
  • CTRG funding, North South University ( 4 lacs BDT)
  • BAS - USDA funding in collaboration with BSMRAU ( 28 lacs BDT)
  • International Research Excellence Scholarship, University of Nottingham (2011-2014)
  • European Social Fund MSc Scholarship, 2002-2004 (Tuition fees and maintenance)
  • Society for General Microbiology Conference Grant, 2012
  • UK NGS Meeting Grant, University of Nottingham, 2012

PhD Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, 2011 – 2015.

MSc Bioinformatics , University of Abertay Dundee, 2002-2004

MSc Microbiology, 1st Class, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2000

BSc Microbiology, 1st Class Honours, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 1998.


11/2016-Till Date

Assistant Professor ,  Microbiology and Bioinformatics,

North South University


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Microbiology and Bioinformatics, North South University


Research Officer, ICDDR, B Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh



Research Fellow, Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK


MSc student, University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, UK


Research Officer, ICDDR, B Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Senior Laboratory Technician, ICDDR, B Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh



Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Microbiology, Clinical and Diagnostic Microbiology

  • International Society for Computational Biology
  • Genetics Society
  • Society for General Microbiology
  • Bangladesh Society for Microbiologists

Pathogen Genomics, Bioinformatics, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Systems Biology