M. Rezaul Karim, Ph.D.

- Research interests include cancer epidemiology

Associate professor

Dept. of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Jahangirnagar University
Savar, Dhaka-1342

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M. Rezaul Karim, Ph.D.


Dr. M. Rezaul Karim is an Associate Professor of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (BGE) department of Jahangirnagar University. He joined at BGE department as an Assistant Professor from August 2014. His research interests include cancer epidemiology. Dr. Reza completed his undergraduate from University of Chittagong in 2003. He then went for Masters with thesis group in the same University.

Dr. Reza  conducted his Masters thesis work in Dhaka BIRDEM under the supervision of Prof. Liakot Ali. Immediately after completing his Masters, he went to RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan, for his graduation study.  During his PhD, he worked on the genetic networks that organize the class-specific sensory neuron development in Drosophila Peripheral Nervous System (published in Journal of Neuroscience). He also worked on the role of Notch signaling pathway in determining the Olfactory Receptor Neuron (ORN) identity in Drosophila and the results published in “Nature Neuroscience”. He was born on 1979 in Comilla, and grew up in a port city Chittagong, Bangladesh.


  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at Kyoto University, Japan from 2015 to 2017.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Doshisha University, Japan from 2012 to 2014.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, USA in 2012.
  • PhD from Saitama University, Japan on Sep, 2011.
  • Research Scientist at RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan from Feb, 2006 to Feb 2012.
  • Masters of Science from department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Chittagong University on 2005.
  • Bachelor of Science from department of Biochemistry of Chittagong University on 2003.
  • HSC: 1997, Govt. Hazi Mohammad Mohsin College, Chittagong, Comilla Board.
  • SSC: 1995, Port Authority High School, Chittagong, Comilla Board.


Courses Taught:

  • BGE 105 Basic biochemistry
  • BGE 203 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
  • BGE 301 Microbial genetics
  • BGE 304 Advanced molecular biology
  • BGE 309 Biosafety, ethics and regulation in biotechnology
  • BGE 404 Animal Biotechnology
  • BGE 407 Genetic engineering
  • BGE 110 Biology laboratory and field work
  • BGE 111 Biochemistry laboratory
  • BGE 312 Techniques in molecular biology
  • BGE 412 Genetic engineering laboratory


Research Areas/Interests:

Cancer epidemiology..

Awards and Fellowships:

2018                   Awarded FY2018 JU UGC research grant

2018                   Awarded FY2018 JU research grant

2018                   Awarded UGC grant for FY2018

2018                   Awarded Ministry of Education FY2018 Fellowship

2015                   Awarded FY2015 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship

2015                   Awarded FY2015 NST grant from Ministry of Education, Bangladesh.

2015                   Awarded UGC grant for FY2015

2014                   Research Fellowship for Young Scientists Group B, MEXT, Japan

2013                   The Kato Memorial Bioscience Grant for International Travel Fellowship, Doshisha University, Japan

2011                   Successfully completed one year training program on Brain Science provided by RIKEN Brain Science Institute.

2003                   Fellowship Award, Dutch Bangla Bank Foundation Scholarship, Bangladesh.

2000                   Merit Scholarship (Bac. Sc. Hons), University of Chittagong, Bangldesh.

1995                   Junior School Merit scholarship (5th Grade), People’s Republic of Bangladesh Govt. Scholarship.

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  1. 1

    Karim MR, Taniguchi H, Kobayashi A. Constitutive activation of Drosophila CncC transcription factor reduces lipid formation in the fat body. BBRC. June 3, 2015 BBRC paper

  2. 2

    Karim MR, Haruta T, Oda H, Taniguchi H. Imaging of cell movement in Drosophila gastrulation using E-cadherin reporter transgenic flies. J. Vis. Exp. (under review).

  3. 3

    Karim MR, Endo K, Moore AW, and Taniguchi H. Whole mount immunolabehng of olfactory receptor neurons in the Drosophila antenna. J. Vis. Exp. 87, May 4, 2014 1

  4. 4

    Tsuchiya Y, Taniguchi H, Ito Y, Morita T, Karim MR, Ohtake N, Fukagai K, Ito T, Okamuro S, Iemura S, Natsume T, Nishida E, and Kobayashi A. The CK2-Nrfl axis controls the clearance of ubiquitinated proteins by regulating proteasome gene expression. Mol. Cell. Biol. 33, 17, pp.3461-72, Sep, 2013. 2

  5. 5

    Karim MR and Moore AW. Convergent local identity and topographic projection a sensory neurons. J Neurosci 2011 Nov 23;31(47)17017-27 3

  6. 6

    Endo K, Karim MR *, Taniguchi H*, Krejci A , Kinameri E, Seibert M, Ito K, Bray SJ, Moore AW. Chromatin modification of Notch targets in olfactory receptor neuron diversification. Nat Neurosci. 25;15(2):224-33, Dec 2011. *= equally contributed.  (Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology), Introduced by Sci. Signal. 5 (210), ec43. and Nat Neurosci. 2012 15:174-6. 4

  7. 7

    Karim MR and Moore AW. Morphological analysis of Drosophila larval peripheral sensory neuron dendrites and axons using genetic mosaics. J Vis Exp. 2011 Nov 7;(57):e3 ill. 5

  8. 8

    Yalgin C, Karim MR, Moore AW. Immunohistological labelling of microtubules in sensory neuron dendrites, tracheae, and muscles in the Drosophila larva body wall. J Vis Exp. 2011 Nov 10;(57). Pii:3662. 6

  9. 9

    Karim MR, Zinnat R, Akter S. Islam S. Biswas KB, Rahman MH, All L Characterization of Insulin Secretion in Type 2 Diabetic Subjects. Bang J Med Biochem; 02(1):21-25 (2009). 7

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    Invited Talk:

    1. Karim MR. Convergent local identity and topographic projection of sensory neurons. Developmental Signalling Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Okinawa, Japan, 9th June 2011.
    2. Karim MR. Organizing Nervous System Architecture: Genetic Control of Drosophila Dendritic Arborisation Neuron Number, Position, and Identity. Department of Life Science, Marie Curie University, Paris, France, 2nd September 2008.

    List of Memberships:

    1. General member of Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists (JSDB), Japan.
    2. General member of Japan Neuroscience Society.
    3. General member of Graduate Biochemistry Society, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Oral Presentations:

1. Karim MR and Moore AW. Convergent local identity and topographic projection of sensory neurons. The 34th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society, Pacifico Yokohama, 14th -17th Sep, 2011.

2. Karim MR and Moore AW. Integration of Separate Knot- and Cut- Promoting Prepatterning Pathways to Generate Class-Specific Drosophila Multidendritic Neuron Characteristics. The 9th Japanese Drosophila Research Conference, Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi, Japan, 2009

3. Karim MR and Moore AW. Organizing Nervous System Architecture: Genetic Control of Drosophila Dendritic Arborisation Neuron Number, Position, and Identity. Neurofly 2008, Wurzburg, Germany, 6-10th Sep 2008.

4. Karim MR and Moore AW. Organizing Nervous System Architecture: Genetic Control of Drosophila Dendritic Arborisation Neuron Number, Position, and Identity. RIKEN BSI Joint Retreat (National), Karuizawa, Japan, 2008

5. Karim MR and Moore AW. Hedgehog and Wingless Signalling Control Multiple Sequential Steps of Neuronal Development in the Drosophila Peripheral Nervous System. JDRC8 (The 8th Japanese Drosophila Research Conference), Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center, Japan, 2007.

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