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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
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Biodiversity and sustainability
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Zeba Islam
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University of Dhaka
Seraj has been teaching molecular biology and working on ways for producing salt tolerant rice for Bangladesh using molecular biological and biotechnological approaches. Along with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), she helped fine-map salt tolerant loci from Pokkali for introgression in a marker-assisted backcrossing approach into commercial rice. She has characterized many Bangladeshi rice landraces as salt tolerant and elucidated the mechanism of Horkuch, whose loci are being introgressed into commercial rice using fluorescent markers. She is working on the only halophyte which can set rice-like grains and which is endemic to the whole coastline of Bangladesh. Several genes from this Oryza coarctata have been cloned into salt sensitive rice. In addition several regulatory genes known to confer salt tolerance have been cloned into sensitive rice. She is the founder director of a center under Dhaka University for conduction of online bioinformatics classes from January 2017. She has supervised 11 PhD students and over 70 Masters students. She has organized many conferences and workshops in Molecular Biology.
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1 - No poverty
2 - Zero hunger
5 - Gender equality
13 - Climate action
rice, salt tolerance, molecular biology, marker-assisted backcrossing, halophytes, transgenic, biosafety
02-Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Last updated on 25/06/2021