Hello! I’m Abdullah Mohammad Shohael.
I have joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as a research collaborator after completing my Ph.D. in Agricultural Biotechnology from Chungbuk National University, South Korea in 2006 where I worked on the oversee of aquaporin functions of drought-tolerant mechanisms in rice. While pursuing my JSPS Postdoctoral fellowship from 2007 to 2009 at Tsukuba University, Japan my prior responsibility was to develop genetically modified lettuce plants harboring a taste modifying protein Miraculin. As a Research-Associate of the University of Florida (2009-2011), I attained my research goal successfully by developing a model on Greening and Canker resistant transgenic Citrus cultivars.
I have a long research track on plant tissue culture, commercial production of plant cells through the bioreactor, and plant genetic engineering. I have published articles in many international journals and books (total citations 1007, h-index 14, i10-index 17; RG score 22.37). My key research interests to isolate novel genes from local biodiversity, genome engineering, and genome editing approach to develop environmentally resilient plants. I am also interested in metabolomics, metabolic engineering, secondary metabolism study from various endangered species, and their conservation.
As a coordinator of the institutional biosafety committee, I am trying to establish institutional biosafety & biosecurity guidelines and procedures. Conducting various activities and innovative strategy development are my duty as an assistant director in the Institutional Quality Assurance Cell of the Jahangirnagar University (IQAC, JU). I am arranging campaigns to create public awareness, and motivation towards the new technologies.