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Department of Physiology and Molecular Biology

Ongoing Research Program

  1. Association of Vitamin D Receptor Gene polymorphisms in the pathogenesis of type 2 Diabetes in Bangladeshi Population
  2. SPINK1, TNFa and Trypsinogen gene polymorphisms in the Healthy Bangladeshi population
  3. Angiotensin 1 converting enzyme (ACE) gene polymorphism in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus


Completed project

  1. Co-supervised one MPhil thesis work entitled ‘Serum levels of high sensitive C-reactive protein and its association with lipidemic status in Bangladeshi healthy subjects’ with Professor Liaquat Ali as Supervisor. 

Other ongoing research project involved

  1. Study of Normal Level of Lipids (TG, TC, LDL, HDL) In Healthy Adult Population of Dhaka City.

This project is funded by Ibrahim Medical College; PI of the project Professor Fatima Khanam, Dept of Physiology, Ibrahim Medical College

  1. Co-supervisor in two MPhil thesis works entitled (i) Role of insulin resistance in the pathogenesis of essential hypertension; and (ii) Assessment of mean platelet volume in the obese Bangladeshi subjects with Prof Qazi Shamima Akhter, Dept of Physiology, Dhaka Medical College as Supervisor.
  2.  ‘GIFTS2: Mother and Child Health Study’ a joint research project between BADAS and University of Oslo funded by European Union (FP7)


    1. Rahman MM, Hassan Z, Biswas KB, Bhowmik NB, Ali L. Plasma total homocysteine is not associated with peripheral neuropathy in a groups Bangladeshi type 2 diabetic subjects.  Ban J Med Sci 2012; 11: 335-342.
    2. Choudhury S and Hassan Z.  Trans Fat: Friend turned in to foe. J Asiat Soc Bangladesh Sci 2011; 37: 99-112.

Manuscript in press

  1. Begum M, Khan I, Hassan Z, Ali L. Lack of association of Human Papiloma Virus gene polymorphisms in the pathogenesis of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Bangladeshi Subjects (ICDDRB Bull)
  2. Bhowmik B, Khatun T, Hassan Z, Azad Khan AK, Hussain A. Anthropomentric indices of obesity and type 2 diabetes in Bangladeshi population- Chandra Rural diabetic study (CRDS) (Diab Res Clin Pract)

Attendance in Scientific Meeting and Deliberation(s):

  1. Choudhury S and Zahid Hassan. ‘Trans Fat: Friend or Foe!’ Invited lecture in the Seminar on Suitable Edible Oil in Bangladesh Organized by Nutrition and Food Engineering Department, Daffodil University, Dhaka on 19 May 2012.
  2. Hassan Z. Pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus. ANRAP National Seminar, 20 November 2012, BIHS Auditorium, BIHS, Dhaka.

Other activities

  1. Conducted a ‘Glucometer evaluation program’ as a Convener. The committee was  assigned by the BIRDEM authority.
  2. Coordinated laboratory analyses of the research project ‘GIFTS2: Mother and Child Health Study’ a joint research project between BADAS and University of Oslo.