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

Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman

Full Time Faculty
Associate Professor

PhD, University of Heidelberg, Germany
MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bachelor of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 1971
Office: SAC1059

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman has joined the North South University as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Before joining at the North South University he served as a part time lecturer at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Luebeck, Germany. Apart from his excellent academic track records, Dr. Rahman has proved himself as an outstanding research expert in the field of neuropharmacology evidenced by substantial number of publications in the world renowned peer reviewed journals. Dr. Rahman received his doctoral degree in 2013 from the Heidelberg University, Germany. He completed MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Bachelor of Pharmacy from Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka in 2008 and 2006 respectively.  Currently, he is focusing his research on developing an animal model in an attempt to figure out the impact of food habits on neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Rahman started his carrier as a Production Pharmacist at the Eskayef Bangladesh Limited (SK+F) in 2006. He also served Northern University Bangladesh as a lecturer for two years.

 Dr. Rahman is teaching Pharmacology and Physiology at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, North south University.


1. Mahbubur Rahman, Sajjad Muhammad, Hui Chen, Dirk A. Ridder, Barbora Pokorná, Tillman Vollbrandt, Jürgen G. Okun, Stefan Offermanns and Markus Schwaninger. The β-hydroxybutyrate receptor HCA2 induces a neuroprotective phenotype of macrophages. Nature Communications, | 5:3944 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4944 |


2. Ann-Marie Heinonen, Mahbubur Rahman, Godwin Dogbevia, Stefan Wölfl, Rolf Sprengel, Markus Schwaninger. Neuroprotection by the viral expression of bone morphogenic protein 7.

BMC Neuroscience , 2014 Mar 11;15:38. doi: 10.1186/1471-2202-15-38.



3. Hui Chen, Antje Krenz, Mahbubur Rahman, Myriam Grimm, Christian M. Karsten, Stefan Offermanns, Nina Wettschureck, and Markus Schwaninger. HCA2 mediates the protective effect of dimethyl fumarate in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Journal of Clinical Investigations


4. Mc Guire C, Rahman M, Schwaninger M, Beyaert R, van Loo G (2013) The ubiquitin editing enzyme A20 (TNFAIP3) is upregulated during permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion but does not influence disease outcome. Cell death & disease 4: e531


5. Bargiotas P, Muhammad S, Rahman M, Jakob N, Trabold R, Fuchs E, Schilling L, Plesnila N, Monyer H, Schwaninger M (2012) Connexin 36 promotes cortical spreading depolarization and ischemic brain damage. Brain research 1479: 80-85


6. Rosell A, Agin V, Rahman M, Morancho A, Ali C, Koistinaho J, Wang X, Vivien D, Schwaninger M, Montaner J (2013) Distal Occlusion of the Middle Cerebral Artery in Mice: Are We Ready to Assess Long-Term Functional Outcome? Transl Stroke Res Volume 4, Issue 3 (2013), Page 297-307


7. A cross laboratory preclinical study on the effectiveness of interleukin-1 receptor antagonist in stroke. Samaneh Maysami, Raymond Wong, Jesus M Pradillo, Adam Denes, Hiramani Dhungana, Tarja Malm, Jari Koistinaho, Cyrille Orset, Mahbubur Rahman, Marina Rubio, Markus Schwninger, denis Vevien, Philip M Bath, Nancy J Rothwell and Stuart Allan. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2015 Sep 30. pii: 0271678X15606714.

8. Astaxanthin improves behavioral disorder and oxidative stress in prenatal valproic acid-induced mice model of autism. Al-Amin MM, Rahman MM, Khan FR, Zaman F, Mahmud Reza H. Behav Brain Res. 2015 Jun 1;286:112-21. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.02.041. Epub 2015 Feb 28

9. Tadalafil enhances working memory, and reduces hippocampal oxidative stress in both young and aged mice. Al-Amin MM, Hasan SM, Alam T, Hasan AT, Hossain I, Didar RR, Alam MA, Rahman MM. Eur J Pharmacol. 2014 Dec 15;745:84-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2014.10.026. Epub 2014 Oct 23


10. Induction of a neuroprotective phenotype of macrophages by the β-hydroxybutyrate receptor HCA2. Md. Mahbubur Rahman, Publisher: Universität Heidelberg, Record ID:


11. Md. Mamun Al-Amin, Mir Muhammad Nasir Uddin, Md. Mahbubur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud Reza, Md. Sohel Rana. Effect of diclofenac and antidepressants on the inflammatory response in astrocyte cell culture. Inflammopharmacology, July 2013, ISSN: 0925-4692 (Print) 1568-5608 (Online)


12. Md. Ashraful Alam, Nusrat Subhan, Md Mahbubur Rahman, Shaikh J Uddin, Hasan M Reza and Satyajit D Sarker (2014) Effect of citrus flavonoids, naringin and naringenin, on metabolic syndrome and their mechanisms of action, Advances in Nutrition 5: 1–14.


13. Md Ashraful Alam and Md Mahbubur Rahman (2014) Mitochondrial dysfunction in obesity: potential benefit and mechanism of Co-enzyme Q10 supplementation in metabolic syndrome, BMC Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorder 13:60.


14. Md. Mamun Al-Amin, Nageeb Hasan, Tanzir Alam, Ahmed Tasdid Hasan, Imran Hossain, Rohini Rowshan Didar, Md. Ashraful Alam, Md. Mahbubur Rahman (2014) Tadalafil enhances working memory, and reduces hippocampal oxidative stress in both young and aged mice. European Journal of Pharmacology, Available online 23 October 2014.

15. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor prevented oxidative stress, inflammation and fibrosis in liver of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) treated rats

Hasan Mahmud Reza • Nabila Tabbasum • Md Abu Taher Sagor • Md Mahbubur Rahman • Preeti Jain • Md Ashraful Alam , Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods (Accepted)

16. Relationship between protein-binding and free drug concentrations of a sparingly water-soluble selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (escitalopram) and its interaction with arsenic. N. Subhan, R. Habibur, A. Ashraful, I.Rashedul, R. Mahbubur. ROMANIAN J. BIOPHYS., Vol. 21, No. 2, P. 139–149, BUCHAREST, 2011

17. Alam, Md Ashraful, Riaz Uddin, Nusrat Subhan, Md Mahbubur Rahman, Preeti Jain, and Hasan Mahmud Reza. "Beneficial role of bitter melon supplementation in obesity and related complications in metabolic syndrome." Journal of lipids 2015 (2015).


Abstracts and Presentation:

M. Rahman, s. Muhammad, j. G. Okun, s. Offermanns, m. Schwaninger. HCA2-mediated protective effect of nicotinic acid in cerebral ischemia. Society for Neuroscience , New Orleans, LA (2012); Poster

M. Rahman, s. Muhammad, j. G. Okun, s. Offermanns, m. Schwaninger. The hydroxyl-carboxylic acid receptor 2 reduces ischemic brain damage through an immunomodulatory mechanism. Cluster of Excelence in inflammation Research, ‘Inflammation at Interfaces’ Hamburg, Germany (2013), Poster.

Michalski, A.-M.; Rahman, M.; Groß, A.; Alborzinia, H.; Seeburg, P. H.; Wölfl, S.; Schwaninger, M.; Sprengel, R.: Novel recombinant AAV gene delivery systems for the modulation of BMP signaling in ischemic injury. Society for Neuroscience , Washington, DC (2011); Poster

Salinin S, Muhammad S, Rahman M, Ridder DA, Schröck H, Offewrmanns S, Schwaninger M. The crucial role of endothelial Gq/11 in regulation of cerebral blood flow. XXV th International symposium on Cerebral Blood flow, Metabolism, and Function & Xth International Conference on Quantification of Brain Functions with PET. Barcelona, Spain, May 25-28, 2011.

Hui Chen, Antje Krenz, Myriam Grimm, Mahbubur Rahman, Nina Wettschureck and Markus Schwaninger

Dimethyl fumarate alleviates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) via HCA2 receptors. Cluster of Excelence in inflammation Research, ‘Inflammation at Interfaces’ Hamburg, Germany (2013), Poster


  • ERASMUS scholarship, 2009
  • University Grant Commission Bangladesh Scholarship 2005, through  Jahangirnagar University (highest scorer in faculty of Biological sciences).
  • ‘Shahid Mohammad Hakim Foundation Scholarship’ 2004 (highest scorer in faculty of Biological sciences). .
  •  National Merit Scholarship 1999, Peoples’ Government of Bangladesh, Dhaka Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Bangladesh.

Doctor of Natural Science (PhD), Neuropharmacology, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 17th September, 2013

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh,
1st Class and 1st Position.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons.), Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh,
1st Class and 1st Position.

Higher Secondary Certificate (H.S.C. equivalent to 12th grade), Dhaka College, Dhaka Board, Bangladesh,
First division*

Secondary School Certificate (S.S.C. equivalent to 10th grade), Naogaon K.D Govt. High School, Rajshahi Board, Bangladesh, First division*


2014 to date, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, North South University

2013 - 2014, Assistant Professor (Part time), Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, North South University

2011-2013, Lecturer (part time), Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology,
University of Lübeck, Germany

2007-2009, Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, Northern University Bangladesh

2006-2007, Production Pharmacist, Eskayef Bangladesh Limited

Advanced Pharmacology II
Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy III
Human Physiology II

Registered Pharmacist , A2829
Member of the Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Society
Member of the Pharmacy Graduate Association
Member of the committee for Graduate academy, NSU
Member of Master’s thesis defense committee
Member of the committee for the Animal house Managemen

External at Jahangir nagar University
External at Goboshastha university

Neuropharmacology, focusing inflammation at brain interface.