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

Dr. Sohidul Islam

Full Time Faculty


Post Doctoral study in Host-Pathogen Interaction, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Ph.D. in Clinical Microbiology Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka
B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 1921
Office: Room#SAC-811, South Academic Building, NSU Campus

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Sohidul Islam joined North South University in January 2010 with a wealth of knowledge and research experience in Antimicrobial Resistance, Molecular Microbiology, and Cell Biology. Currently, he is serving as a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology under the School of Health & Life Sciences. He earned his BS & MS degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Dhaka. The induction of research for Dr. Islam began, when he joined icddr, b for his MS thesis work, where he focused on the conduit of bacterial infection and immune response in children with acute lower respiratory tract infection. He worked as a research assistant at the Immunology Laboratory icddr, b before starting his Ph.D. study. Dr. Islam received his Ph.D. degree from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden in clinical microbiology. His Ph.D. research involved antimicrobial resistance mechanism on persistent Gram-negative bacteria of the human respiratory system. During the Ph.D. study, he was involved in teaching medical microbiology to undergraduate students at the Karolinska Institute. He then moved to the University of Arizona and later the University of Florida, USA for postdoctoral study on host-pathogen interaction and development of infection.

At the North South University, Dr. Islam is currently engaged in teaching core subjects in Biomedical Science, e.g., cell biology, endocrinology, molecular genetics, and natural products' chemistry. His present research includes isolation of industrial enzyme producing microorganism from Bangladeshi environment & identifying industrially usable enzyme-producing microorganisms, determination & distribution of foodborne pathogens & their antibiotic resistance pattern, and antimicrobial & antioxidant activities of Bangladeshi natural products.  Dr. Islam has coauthored numerous, high impact journal publications & conference articles and received several awards and grants from various funding agencies.


Research Articles

  1. Hossain, Maqsud, Munirul Alam, Abdul Khaleque, Sohidul Islam, Abdus Sadique, Nayeim Khan, Zahra Halim, et al. 2018. “Virulence-Related Genes Identified from the Genome Sequence of the Non-O1/Non-O139 Vibrio cholerae Strain VcN1, Isolated from Dhaka, Bangladesh.” Genome Announcements 6 (10): 1–2.
  2. Hossain, Md Jakir, Shashwata Biswas, Mohammad Shahriar, Maisha Mosharrat Chowdhury, Sohidul Islam, Chowdhury Rafiqul Ahsan,. 2018. “Phytochemical Screening, Antimicrobial Activity, Antioxidant Capacity and in vivo Anticancer Activity of Lannea coromandelica Bark Extracts.” IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences Ver. II 13 (3, Ver II): 19–25.
  3. Jain, Mukesh, Sohidul Islam, A S M Zisanur Rahman, Sharmin Akhtar, Nadim Kazi, Hasan, Uddin Gias, Ahsan, Abdul Khaleque, and Maqsud Hossain. 2018. “Molecular Analysis of Hemagglutinin, Neuraminidase, Matrix Genes Provide Insight into the Genetic Diversity of Seasonal H3N2 Human Influenza a Viruses in Bangladesh during July–August, 2012.” VirusDisease.
  4. Chowdhury, Abhinandan, Sohidul Islam, and Ramen Chowdhury. 2018. “Antibacterial Activity of Bangladeshi Raw and Commercial Honey Against Staphylococcus aureus.” Novel Approaches in Drug Designing & Development 4 (1).
  5. Parvez, Md. Anowar Khasru, Rabeya Nahar Ferdous, Md. Shahedur Rahman, and Sohidul Islam. 2018. “Healthcare-Associated (HA) and Community-Associated (CA) Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Bangladesh – Source, Diagnosis and Treatment.” Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, June.
  6. Jakir Hossain, Md, Md Gahangir Alam, Shashwata Biswas, Sirajo Ismail Isah, Mohammad Shahriar, and Sohidul Islam. 2018. “Prevalence and Antibiotic Resistance Pattern of Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter spp. Isolated from Blood Samples of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Patients.” Int. J. Adv. Res. Biol. Sci 5 (8): 186–95.
  7. Jakir Hossain, Md, Shashwata Biswas, Mohammad Shahriar, Sohidul Islam, and Chowdhury Rafiqul Ahsan. 2018. “In Vivo Anticancer Activity on Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma (EAC) Cells and in vitro Antimicrobial Activity of Psidium guajava Bark Extracts.” Bangladesh Journal of Microbiology 35 (June): 79–81.
  8. Nadim Hasan, Kazi, Md Abdul Khaleque, Nahian Anjum Shejuti, Tanzila Wasi, and Sohidul Islam. 2017. “Prevalence of Hepatitis B Virus Seromarkers and Associated Risk Factors in Young Healthy Individuals in Bangladesh: Implications for Preventive Strategies.” Hepatitis Monthly 17 (6).
  9. Hasan, Kazi Nadim; Wasi, Tanzila; Shejuti, Nahian Anjum; Afjal, Aniqa; Islam, Sohidul. 2017. “Comparative Evaluation of Two Rapid Diagnostic Test Devices and Real Time PCR for the Detection of Hepatitis B Surface Antigens in Human Plasma: Implications in Blood Donation Screening.” Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting. Bangkok.
  10. Islam, Sohidul, Obaidur Rahman, Mahmud Hossain, and Abdul Khaleque. 2015. “Antioxidant Activity of Some Common Seasonal Fruits of Bangladesh.” Biores Comm 1 (11): 28–31.
  11. Hasan, Kazi Nadim; Nasrin, Fahmida; Taher, M Abu; Islam, Sohidul; Rahman, Obaidur; Jabeen, Ishrat; Khaleque, M Abdul; Akhteruzzaman, Sharif. 2012. “Comparative Analysis of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA, Anti-HCV and Liver Transaminase Levels as Markers and Predictors of Infectivity in HCV Infection.” Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science 18 (2): 120–25.
  12. Rahman, Obaidur, Nadim Kazi Hasan, Md Abdul Khaleque, Ishrat Jabeen, and Sohidul Islam. 2012. “Dietary Intake of Urea from Puffed Rice (Muri) in Bangladesh.” Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science 18 (01): 58–61.
  13. Islam, Sohidul; Meem, Lamyah Sultana; Hasan, Kazi Nadim; Khaleque, M Abdul; Rahman, Obaidur. 2012. “Multidrug Resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Isolated from Burn Patients.” Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science 18 (02): 132–34.
  14. Andrésen, Cecilia, Shah Jalal, Daniel Aili, Yi Wang, Sohidul Islam, Anngelica Jarl, Bo Liedberg, Bengt Wretlind, Lars-Göran Mårtensson, and Maria Sunnerhagen. 2010. “Critical Biophysical Properties in the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Efflux Gene Regulator MexR Are Targeted by Mutations Conferring Multidrug Resistance.” Protein Science: A Publication of the Protein Society 19 (4): 680–92.
  15. Avelino, Fabiola, Zeus Saldaña, Sohidul Islam, Valerio Monteiro-Neto, Monique Dall’Agnol, Carlos A Eslava, and Jorge A Girón. 2010. “The Majority of Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli Strains Produce the E. coli Common Pilus When Adhering to Cultured Epithelial Cells.” International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM 300 (7): 440–48.
  16. Islam, S, H Oh, S Jalal, F Karpati, O Ciofu, N Høiby, and B Wretlind. 2009. “Chromosomal Mechanisms of Aminoglycoside Resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Isolates from Cystic Fibrosis Patients.” Clinical Microbiology and Infection: The Official Publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 15 (1): 60–66.
  17. Farra, Anna, Sohidul Islam, Annelie Strålfors, Mikael Sörberg, and Bengt Wretlind. 2008. “Role of Outer Membrane Protein OprD and Penicillin-Binding Proteins in Resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Imipenem and Meropenem.” International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 31 (5): 427–33.
  18. Lindbäck, Emma, Sohidul Islam, Magnus Unemo, Camilla Lang, and Bengt Wretlind. 2006. “Transformation of Ciprofloxacin-Resistant Neisseria Gonorrhoeae GyrA, ParE and PorB1b Genes.” International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 28 (3): 206–11.
  19. Islam, S, S Jalal, and B Wretlind. 2004. “Expression of the MexXY Efflux Pump in Amikacin-Resistant Isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.” Clinical Microbiology and Infection: The Official Publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 10 (10): 877–83.

Presentation in Scientific Conferences

  • Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting, 2016
  • International Conference on Genomics, Nanotech & Bioengineering, 2017
  • 16th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Nice, France, April 1-4, 2006 – Oral presentation (Abstract Number: O126)
  • 15th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Copenhagen, Denmark, April 2-5, 2005 – Poster presentation (Abstract Number: 1134_03_48)
  • 103RD General Meeting American Society for Microbiology Washington, DC; May 18- 22, 2003 – Poster presentation (Poster Number A-149 )
  • 12th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Milan, Italy, April 21-24, 2002 – Poster presentation (Abstract Number: P1072)




  • Ph.D. in Clinical Microbiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden - 2008 Degree Awarded


  • M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka- 2000 (First Class)


  • B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka- 1998 (First Class)



  • 05/2019 - Present    Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Microbiology, North South University, Dhaka
  • 03/2015 - 04/2019    Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Microbiology, North South University, Dhaka
  • 05/2010 - 03/2015   Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Microbiology, North South University, Dhaka
  • 01/2010 - 04/2010   Assistant Professor (Part-time), Dept. of Biochemistry & Microbiology, North South University, Dhaka




  • 01/2009 - 09/2009  Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA


  • 04/2008 - 12/2008  Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Immunobiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA


  • 01/2000 - 06/2001  Research Officer, Immunology Laboratory, Laboratory Science Division, ICDDR, B, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Courses taught in differrent semesters

Undergraduate-Level Courses:

  • Bioorganic Chemistry Courses: Bioorganic Chemistry I & II, Chemistry of Natural Products
  • Cell & Molecular Biology Courses: Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology
  • Human Biology Courses: Human Physiology, Endocrinology, Neurochemistry
  • General Education Courses: Biology I, Biology II

Graduate-Level Courses:

  • Fundamental Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology

Supervised research projects of undergraduate students and dissertations of graduate students

  • American Society for Microbiology


  • Graduate Biochemists Association, Bangladesh


  • Bangladesh Biosafety and Biosecurity Association


  • Bangladesh Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • Dhaka University Alumni Association

 Host-Pathogen Interactions, Antimicrobial Resistance Mechanism, Bacterial Pathogenesis & Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism.

My current research focus mainly involves,

  • Determination of molecular mechanism of antimicrobial resistance by using Next Generation Sequencing in clinical and environmental bacterial isolates.
  • Detection of multidrug-resistant variants of Gram-ve bacteria like Paeruginosa, and K. pneumoniae by using Next Generation Sequencing.
  • Finding the association of candidate gene polymorphisms in cancer & cardiovascular disease by using in silico
  • Differential gene expression in the intestine of Silkworm Bombyx mori in response to multidrug-resistant and pathogenic bacterial Infection.
  • Efflux-mediated antimicrobial resistance mechanism in Gram-ve Bacteria.
  • Determination & distribution of foodborne pathogens & their antibiotic resistance pattern
  • Antimicrobial & antioxidant activities of locally available natural products.