Exploring Research Opportunities on the Interface of Engineering and Biology amidst the Covid-19 Reality

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IEEE Young Professionals Bangladesh and IEEE Bangladesh Section organized the webinar  “Exploring Research Opportunities on the Interface of Engineering and Biology amidst the Covid-19 Reality” on 27th June 2020 from 7:30pm-10:00pm. The webinar invited renowned researchers of Biology and Electronics who work in the field. It encouraged the young professionals to explore interdisciplinary research opportunities.

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  • Date: 27 Jun 2020
  • Time: 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC+06:00) Astana
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  • Dhaka, Dhaka
  • Bangladesh

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  • Dr. Sajid Muhaimin Choudhury 
    IEEE Young Professionals Bangladesh Assistant Professor, Department of EEE, BUET

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  • Starts 20 June 2020 02:29 PM
  • Ends 27 June 2020 02:29 PM
  • All times are (UTC+06:00) Astana
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Dr. Firdausi Qadri of icddr;b


Challenges of researching Covid-19


Dr. Firdausi Qadri is working as an emeritus scientist in the icddr;b. She works in collaboration with international and national organizations on research related to infectious diseases and vaccine development over the last 25 years. She is also the Chairperson of institute for developing Science and Health initiatives (iDeSHi)
Trained as a biochemist with specialization in immunology and infectious disease research. Key scientific achievements lie in enteric and diarrheal infections and vaccines including Vibrio cholerae and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli - major causes of severe diarrhea as well as enteric disease . Emphasis has also been on understanding the immune response in H.pylori infected people in Bangladesh and the responses in patients with typhoid fever as well as vaccinees. Intensive research has been carried out in the field of enteric diseases specifically in the areas of immunology, genomics and proteomic technology and diagnostics and vaccine development. Actively participating in understanding the immunological responses in natural infections as well as in vaccines to better discern factors that need to be improved in available and future formulations.
Important ongoing project are ongoing include the “Introduction of Cholera Vaccine in Bangladesh” a feasibility study in Dhaka funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Novel antigen identification for an enterotoxigenic Escherichia. coli vaccine funded by NIH through grants to the University of Tennessee, Studies of acute and memory immune responses to orally administered vaccines in developing country children and factors that may augment such responses funded by Swedish SIDA. The study of protective immunity to human cholera in Bangladesh, High throughput NAPPA-proteoimmunomics and Vibrio cholerae vaccine development are funded by NIH/NIAID. In recent few years other research projects involve randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trials to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of Peru-15 vaccine, administered together with measles vaccine to healthy Bangladeshi infants, mucosal immune responses to oral cholera vaccine Peru-15, studies to enhance and improve immunogenicity of cholera and enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) vaccines, the development of natural immunity to enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) in a cohort of children in Bangladesh, the effect of zinc supplementation and behavior change intervention in improving responses in enteric infections.
She is on advisory panels and members of national and international organizations including fellow of the TWAS- Academy of sciences for the Developing World, Bangladesh Academy of Science, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA) and the Bangladesh Medical Research Council and on the advisory panel of the WHO. She is on advisory panels including in research, training and teaching in many Bangladeshi and foreign organizations and institutes. She has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals.
She is recepient of the Gold Medal Award from the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences in 2005, Christophe Mérieux Prize in 2012, Anannya Top Ten Awards in 2013, C. N. R. Rao Prize in 2013, L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in 2020


Address:Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Alam of Purdue University


 Professor Alam holds the Jai N. Gupta professorship at Purdue University, where his research focuses on the physics and technology of semiconductor devices. From 1995 to 2003, he worked in the Silicon ULSI group at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ.
Dr. Muhammad A. Alam is known for important, innovative contributions that have overcome technological bottlenecks in various aspects of device technology. His work has laid the foundations for breakthroughs in semiconductor, electronic and opto-electronic device performance.
While at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and Agere Systems in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Alam pioneered the use of computational models to show the gate insulator of CMOS transistors could be reliably scaled down to at least 1.5 nm, allowing for faster integrated circuits without damaging the insulation.
Also at Bell, he also led the development for a 3-D MOCVD vapor phase diffusion model that simulated the production of complex epitaxial structures for optoelectronic integrated circuits. This simulator dramatically reduced design time from several months to a week, and required the services of one engineer working with a computer rather than a team of opto-electronics experts.
In 2004, Dr. Alam joined Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, as a professor in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. At Purdue, Dr. Alam and his colleagues have created a unified model for predicting the reliability of new silicon transistor designs, which is expected to save tens of millions of dollars in testing costs each year. The model is the first to analyze simultaneously the reliability of two types of transistors essential for CMOS computer chips. He has also led Purdue’s efforts to develop novel computational models for a new class of nanocomposites based on bundles of silicon nanowires or carbon nanotubes that could change the way large-area displays and sensors are made and deployed.
His group has explored the reliability physics of nanotransistors, limits of nanobiosensors, atom-to-farm modeling of solar cells, and physics/technology of Landau transistors. He is a fellow of IEEE, APS, and AAAS. His awards include 2006 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Medal for contributions to device technology for communication systems, 2015 SRC Technical Excellence Award for fundamental contributions to reliability physics, and 2018 IEEE EDS Education Award. Prof. Alam enjoys teaching: More than 350,000 students worldwide have learned some aspects of semiconductor devices from his web-enabled courses.


Address:West Lafayette, United States, 47906



  • Dr. Muhammad Ashraful Alam, FIEEE, Jai N. Gupta Professor of ECE, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
  • Dr. Firdausi Qadri, Senior Scientist, Head Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Unit, icddr,b; Lead, ideSHi
  • Dr. Mustak Ibn Ayub, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Dhaka University