The University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh has been awarding the UGC Gold Medal every year to the teachers of the country`s universities for their basic research or review of essays or books. Dr. Mahmudul Hasan, assistant professor of the Department of Pharmaceuticals and Industrial Biotechnology of Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU), has been nominated for the UGC Gold Medal 2019 for the essay published in the medical science section.
Every year, the UGC awards gold medals in two categories of books and research articles. A total of 3 gold medals were awarded in two branches of the book section and 23 gold medals were awarded in two categories, including a total of twenty in 13 disciplines, for peer review articles published in reputed journals. This award is given by the Honorable President of the People`s Republic of Bangladesh.
In continuation of this, the University Grants Commission invites applications from the teachers of the university to award the gold medal for the basic research publication published every year. Only full-time teachers of government and private universities can apply for the UGC Gold Medal. Where priority is given to the publication of research work related to domestic problems and performed within the country.
Each gold medalist was awarded a cash prize of Tk 75,000 in the essay category and Tk 1 lakh in the book category. In addition, each awardee is given a medal with 10 grams of gold of 22-carat quality.
Dr. Mahmudul Hasan said that 3 to 5 million people are seriously ill every year due to influenza and about 650,000 people die due to respiratory problems. Influenza A (H7N9), a new virus responsible for influenza originating from birds, can also cause death from acute infections, including lower respiratory tract infections. With no effective cure against influenza A (H7N9) yet, it has become much more urgent to develop an effective vaccine to prevent it. Here, various genome-based bioinformatics methods have been applied to the development of an effective multi-epitope vaccine against avian influenza A (H7N9).
In addition, this study has designed an effective vaccine by analyzing data on all genomics and human interactions with virus proteins.
He said the paper was published in a journal with an impact factor of 2.91 and it has already been cited 34 times in other research articles. This reflects the acceptability of the research in the scientific community, he said.
Expressing his feelings, he said, "This is the essence of our work. We started working with a lot of adversity on a small scale. But even in the midst of limitations, we firmly believed that we would be able to do a study of international standards. I am especially grateful to everyone in my research team for this success. He referred to this success as the success of SAU.
Dr. Mahmudul Hasan is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceuticals and Industrial Biotechnology of Sylhet Agricultural University. He signed the merit in primary, secondary and higher secondary and in continuation of this, he made it to the combined merit list of sylhet education board in the higher secondary examination of 2008. He successfully completed his graduation and post-graduation in the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology and joined Sylhet Agricultural University as a lecturer in December 2015.
For the past few years, he has been doing extraordinary research on computerized vaccine design, drug discovery and structural biology. He has also been carrying out research on the medicinal properties of seaweed collected from the Bay of Bengal beaches with the help of research grants from the UGC and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh. He has already published 12 articles in the journal Scopus/PubMed Indexed. In recognition of his work, he was selected for the Best Prokshana Award 2019 from all the teachers of Sylhet Agricultural University. He even received a scholarship from the International Centre for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering to participate in the Workshop on Systems Biology to be held in Italy in 2017. Currently, his H Index (Hindex) 9.0 has a total of 35 publications and 594 Google Scholar citations. He is currently pursuing a PhD in biophysics and structural biology at Virginia Tech University in the United States.