Professor Dr. Syed Sayeem Uddin Ahmed
Professor Dr. Syed Sayeem Uddin Ahmed
Professor and Chairman
DVM, MSc, PhD
01711701552
ahmedssu.eph@sau.ac.bd

Syed Sayeem Uddin Ahmed was borne in 1978, in Habiganj, Bangladesh. He obtained his first degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Chittagong, in 2003. He received his master degree in Epidemiology from the University of Utrecht in 2007, and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Copenhagen in 2012. Dr. Ahmed completed his postdoctoral training at Technical University of Denmark from 2014 through 2017. Dr. Ahmed received several fellowship and awards through his academic career. Besides the formal degree programs, he joined a series of continuing professional development training in epidemiology and health economics, offered by reputed institutes including Imperial College London. Dr. Ahmed has an excellent track record of research productivity. He has authored or co-authored 45 of peer-reviewed journal articles. The majority of them are in infectious disease epidemiology. Further, Ahmed contributes as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Infectious Diseases and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Besides, he is the member of several professional organizations. Ahmed’s research interests are infectious disease epidemiology and ecology, spatiotemporal modeling, register-based epidemiology, quantitative epidemiology and modeling. Dr. Ahmed has worked for several international organizations over the last decade as an epidemiologist. At present, he is working as a professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University.

Publication Profile:
  • Number of publications : 53
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles : 45
  • Book and book chapters : 2
  • Number of proceeding papers : 6
Citation indices:
  • Number of citations : 512
  • H-index : 12
  • i10 index : 15
Peer Reviewed Selected Articles:
  • Fasanmi OG, Kehinde OO, Laleye AT, Ekong B, Ahmed SSU, Fasina FO (2018) National surveillance and control costs for highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in poultry: A benefit-cost assessment for a developing economy, Nigeria. Research in Veterinary Science; 119 Pages 127-133
  • Fasanmi OG, Okuneye OJ, Ahmed SSU, Shittu A, Fasina FO (2017) Preventing zoonotic influenza H5N1 in human: Pictorial versus literal health communication methods. Veterinaria Italiana (Accepted)
  • Fasanmi OG, Ahmed SSU, Oladele-Bukola MO, El-Tahawy AS, Elbestawy AR, Fasina FO (2016) An evaluation of biosecurity compliance levels and assessment of associated risk factors for highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 infection of live-bird-markets, Nigeria and Egypt. Acta Tropica; 164 Pages 321-328
  • Arede MC, Nielsen PK, Ahmed SSU, Halasa T, Nielsen LR; Toft N (2016) A space-time analysis of Mycoplasma bovis: bulk tank milk antibody screening results from all Danish dairy herds in 2013-2014 Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 58(16)
  • Ahmed SSU, Themudo GE, Christensen JP, Biswas PK, Giasuddin M, Samad MA, Toft N, Ersbøll AK (2012) Molecular Epidemiology of Circulating Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) Virus in Chickens, in Bangladesh, 2007-2010. Vaccine; 30(51) Pages 7381–7390
  • Ahmed SSU, Ersbøll AK, Biswas PK, Christensen JP, Hannan ASMA, Toft N (2012) Ecological Determinants of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza in Bangladesh, PloS One 7(3) e33938, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0033938
  • Biswas PK, Islam MZ, Shil SK, Chakraborty RK, Ahmed SSU, Christensen JP (2012) Risk factors associated with anthrax in cattle on smallholdings in Bangladesh, 2010. Epidemiology and Infection; 140(10):1888-1895
  • Ahmed SSU, Ersbøll AK, Biswas PK, Christensen JP, Toft N (2011) Spatio-Temporal Magnitude and Direction of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza in Bangladesh. PloS ONE 6(9) e24324 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024324
  • Biswas PK, Rahman MH, Das A, Ahmed SSU, Giasuddin M, Christensen JP (2011) Risk for highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus infection in chickens in small-scale commercial farms, in a high-risk area, Bangladesh, 2008, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 2010, 58(6): 519-525.
  • Ahmed T, Uddin MB, Islam MR, Ahmed SSU, Basu J, Uddin MM (2012) Filter Paper Sampling of Blood for the Detection of Antibodies to Infectious Bursal Disease Virus Using a Commercial ELISA Kit, Veterinary World, Vol. 5(6): 341-345
  • Biswas PK, Christensen JP, Ahmed SSU, Barua H, Das A, Rahman MH, Giasuddin M, Habib MA, Hannan ASMA, Debnath NC (2011) Mortality rate and clinical features of highly pathogenic avian influenza in naturally infected chickens in Bangladesh, OIE Scientific and Technical Review of OIE 30 (3), 871-878.
  • Ahmed SSU, Ersbøll AK, Biswas PK, Christensen JP (2010) The space-time clustering of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 outbreaks in Bangladesh, 2007-2008, Epidemiology and Infection 2010;138:843-852.
  • Tiensin T, Ahmed SSU, Rojanasthien S, Songserm T, Ratankorn P, Chaichoun K, Kalpravidh W, Wongkaesemjit S, Patchimasiri T, Chanachai K, Tanapongtham W, Chotinan S, Stegman A and Nielen M (2009) Ecological investigation of H5N1 avian influenza clusters on subdistrict level in Thailand, The Journal of Infectious Diseases 2009; 199:1735–1743.
  • Biswas PK, Christensen JP, Ahmed SSU, Das A, Rahman MH, Barua H, Giasuddin M, Hannan ASMA, Habib AM and Debnath NC (2009) Risk for Infection with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1) in Backyard Chickens, Bangladesh, Emerging Infectious Diseases2009; 15: 1931-1936.
  • Biswas PK, Christensen JP, Ahmed SSU, Barua H, Das A, Rahman MH, Giasuddin M, Hannan ASMA, Habib AM, Debnath NC (2009) Risk Factors for Infection with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A Virus (H5N1) in commercial Chickens in Bangladesh, Veterinary Record 2009; 164, 743-746.
  • Biswas PK, Christensen JP, Ahmed SSU, Das A, Rahman MH, Barua H, Giasuddin M, Ahad A, Habib AM, Hannan ASMA, Faruque MR, Debnath NC (2008) Avian influenza outbreaks in chickens, Bangladesh. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2008; 14:1909-1912.
Conference Proceedings:
  • Kamal AHM, Chowdhury EH, Giasuddin M, Haque ME, Ahmed SSU, Islam MR (2013) Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1) isolated from migratory birds of Bangladesh in Eighth International Poultry Show and Seminar, IPSA-BB, 28 February - 02 March 2013, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Ahmed SSU, Ersbøll AK, Biswas PK, Toft N, Christensen JP (2011) Spatial and Temporal Magnitude of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1), Bangladesh, 2007-2009. Ecohealth 7 (Suppl. 1): S27-S28. (Conference abstract)
  • Ahmed SSU, Ersbøll AK (2010): Exploratory risk mapping of HPAI in Bangladesh and some methodological issues. Book of Abstract of the Eighth French-Danish Workshop on Spatial Statistics and Image Analysis in Biology was held from 17-19 May 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Tiensin T, Ahmed SSU, Rojanasthien S, Songserm T, Ratankorn P, Chaichoun K, Kalpravidh W, Wongkaesemjit S, Tuangthong P, Chanachai K, Chotinan S, Salman MD, Stegman A, Nielen M (2010): Risk Factors of HPAI H5N1 clusters at the Subdistrict level in Thailand, Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE), 2009. 10 - 14 August,2009, Durban, South Africa
  • Biswas PK, Christensen JP, Ahmed SSU, Barua H, Das A, Rahman MH, Giasuddin M, Hannan ASMA, Habib MA, Rahman ASMS, Debnath NC (2008) : Clinico-Pathological Features of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Chickens in Bangladesh Proceedings of 3rd Bangladesh-Japan Joint International Conference 2008, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Ahmed SSU, Tiensin T, Nielen M (2007): Assesment of Spatio Temporal Pattern and Risk Factor in HPAI outbreaks; Thai outbreak 2004 and 2005. Proceedings of the fifth annual scientific conference of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 13 -14 march,2007, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Books:
  • Epidemiology and ecology of avian influenza H5N1 in Bangladesh: spatio-temporal modelling SSU Ahmed - 2012
  • Muhammad Jahangir Hossen, Md Bashir Uddin, Syed Sayeem Uddin Ahmed, Zhi-Ling Yu and JaeYoul Cho (2016). Review on Natural Sources and Bioavailability (Chapter 4), In: Kempferol: Biosynthesis, Food Sources and Therapeutic uses. Nova Publishers, New York. Pp 101-150. ISBN: 978-1-63485-828-1, LCCN 2016030877 (print); LCCN 2016031716 (ebook), Copyright © 2016 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Research Support:
  • Project title: Avian Influenza Surveillance in Bangladesh; Overall aim: Monitoring circulating strains of AIV in Bangladesh in sentinel surveillance sites; Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA; Role: Principal Investigator; Duration – September 2007 to September 2016; Funding: US$ 250,000
  • Project title: Avian Influenza Surveillance in Bangladesh; Overall aim: Monitoring circulating strains of AIV in Bangladesh in sentinel surveillance sites; Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA; Role: Principal Investigator; Duration – September 2007 to September 2016; Funding: US$ 250,000
  • Project Title: Serosurvey of Q fever (Coxiella burnetii infection) in Sylhet dairy cattle for the development of adoptive targeted surveillance and sustainable control system; Overall aim: To develop framework to support the design of risk based adoptive control programme that can be used in decision making for control of C. burnetii in dairy cattle of Bangladesh; Funding Agency: Ministry of Education Bangladesh; Role: Co-PI; Duration – September 2015 to September 2016; Funding: US$ 35,000
  • Project title: Bangladesh – Myanmar cross-border surveillance for zoonotic diseases; Overall aim: Detection and characterization of zoonotic pathogens coming from Myanmar to Bangladesh and mapping value chain of the animals imported from Myanmar to Bangladesh; Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA; Role: Co-PI; Duration – September 2015 to September 2016; Funding: US$ 158,000
  • Project title: Investigations of anthrax outbreaks and risk factors for anthrax in humans and livestock in Bangladesh - A Collaborative anthrax surveillance 2012-2017; Overall aim: The goal of the project is to improve detection, management, and prevention of anthrax in Bangladesh; Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA; Role: Co-investigator; Duration – September 2014 to September 2016; Funding: US$ 250,000
  • Project title: SMARTPOOL – Intelligent and economical resource optimisation through mass analysis of infectious diseases; Overall aim: Intelligent and economic resource optimization through mass analysis of infectious diseases samples. The primary goal of this study is to identify cost effective laboratory testing of infectious diseases samples by using pooling intelligence to reduce the overall costing of surveillance; Funding Agency: Green Development and Demonstration Program of Government of Denmark Role: Co-investigator; Duration – July 2014 to June 2016; Funding: 1,200,000 US$
  • Project title: To define and analyze cross-border and in-country livestock and livestock products market system in Bangladesh; Overall aim: The aim of the project was to conduct a nationwide survey of cross-border trading of livestock and associated risk of introduction of trans-boundary animal diseases (TADs); Funding Agency: Food and Agricultural Organization; Role: Lead Investigator; Duration – July 2013 to December 2013; Funding: US$ 50,000
  • Project title: Molecular characterization and identification of Cryptosporidium and Giardia as foodborne zoonoses in Bangladesh; Overall aim: The goal of the project was to determine the burden of the cryptosporidium and giardia in Bangladesh; Funding Agency: The World Academy of Sciences; Role: Co-investigator and Epidemiologist; Duration – July 2009 to June 2010; Funding: US$ 25,000
  • Project title: To study the origin and spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in Bangladesh. Overall aim: The primary aim of the project was to investigate the epidemiological indices related to introduction, spread and persistence of avian influenza outbreak in Bangladesh; Funding Agency: Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA); Role: Co-investigator and Epidemiologist; Duration – July 2007 to June 2008; Funding: US$ 25,000
Undergraduate Courses:
  • Veterinary Epidemiology (VEP 401) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Veterinary Public Health (VPH 401) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Preventive Medicine (PRM 402) - Sylhet Agricultural University
Masters Courses:
  • Applied epidemiology (EPH 608) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Research Methodology (EPH 601) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Classical methods of data analysis (EPH 602) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Classical Epidemiology (EPH 603) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Modern method of data analysis (EPH 607) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Health economics (EPH 609) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Geographic information system (EPH 614) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Spatial and temporal data analysis (EPH 627) - Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Clinical Epidemiology (MPH 4110) - North East University
PhD Courses:
  • Ph.D. course; Veterinary Epidemiology: Module 1; Planning epidemiological studies; Course no. LPhD102 ; Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ph.D. course; Veterinary Epidemiology: Module 2; Epidemiological analysis of continuous, dichotomous and count data; Course no. LPhD103; Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Academic Degrees and Qualification:
  • Post Doc 07/2014 — 09/2015 Technical University of Denmark
  • Ph.D. (Epidemiology) 03/2009 — 06/2012 University of Copenhagen
  • M.Sc. (Epidemiology) 09/2005 — 02/2007 University of Utrecht
  • D.V.M. 02/1997 — 02/2003 University of Chittagong
Positions and Affiliations:
  • Undergraduate courses: Veterinary Epidemiology (VEP 401) Preventive Medicine (PRM 402) Veterinary Public Health (VPH 401)
  • Masters courses: Classical Epidemiology (EPH 603) Research Methodology (EPH 601) Classical methods of data analysis (EPH 602) Applied epidemiology (EPH 608) Modern method of data analysis (EPH 607) Health economics (EPH 609) Geographic information system (EPH 614) Spatial and temporal data analysis (EPH 627) Clinical Epidemiology (MPH 4110)
Awards and Recognitions:
  • Young Scientist Award 2011 by ESWI (European Scientific Working group on Influenza)
  • Faculty of Life Sciences Scholarship from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2009)
  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme from the Netherlands Government (2005)
  • Commonwealth Scholarship from Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (2005)
  • Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship from Japan Government (2005)
  • Merit Award 2003 (Gold Medal) in recognition of obtaining the highest CGPA in DVM examination 2000 (held in 2002), University of Chittagong
Role as Reviewer:
  • 2008- Reviewer for research protocols on infectious diseases of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
  • 2010- Infection, Genetics and Evolution (Elsevier)
  • 2010- PloS One (PloS Journals)
  • 2011- The Journal of Infectious Diseases (Oxford journals)
  • 2011- Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (Wiley)
  • 2012- Virological Methods (Elsevier)
  • 2012- Preventive veterinary Medicine (Elsevier)
  • 2013- Emerging Infectious Diseases (CDC)
  • 2014- Reviewer for research protocols, National Centre of Science and Technology Evaluation Ministry of Education and Science, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan
Mentorship and Supervisory Work (MS):
  • Moumita Das, Session 2015-2016, Title: Epidemiological evidences of Coxiella burnetii Seropositivity in Sylhet Dairy Cattle. Degree programme: Master in Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Anik Kumar Kar, Session 2015 – 2016, Title: Spatio-epidemiological investigation of Coxiella buretti seropositivity of dairy cattle in Sylhet division. Degree programme: Master in Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Samuel Muhit, Session 2015 – 2016, Title: Optimization of research cost using pooled samples: Sero-survey of Coxiella burnetii infection in Sylhet dairy cattle as an example. Degree programme: Master in Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Nur Alam Chowdhury, Session 2013-2014, Title: Importation risk analysis for notifiable animal diseases through cross-border animal and animal product trading: A Bangladesh Perspective. Degree programme: Master in Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Sonia Nazneen, Session 2014-2015, Title: Tick Distribution and Prevalence of Bovine haemo protozoan in Sylhet region and their determination analysis. Degree programme: Master in Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Ranjit Adhikary, Session 2014-2015, Title: Prevalence and risk factor study of avian endoparasite in Sylhet region. Degree programme: Master in Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Nur Alam Chowdhury, Session 2013-2014, Title: Importation risk analysis for notifiable animal diseases through cross-border animal and animal product trading: A Bangladesh Perspective. Degree programme: Master in Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Md Abu Sayeed, Session 2014-2015, Title: Knowledge, Attitude and Practice analysis for food safety in Bangladesh, Degree programme: Master in Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University
Mentorship and Supervisory Work (Ph.D.):
  • PhD candidate: FASANMI, Olubunmi Gabriel: 2015-2018: Title: Epidemiological modelling for the mitigation of HPAI H5N1 in parts of Africa (Egypt and Nigeria) PhD awarded from Department of Production Animal Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa