Dr. M. M. Mahbub Alam
Dr. M. M. Mahbub Alam
Associate Professor
PhD in Molecular Biology, University of Iceland; MS in Fisheries Management and BSc Fisheries (Hons.), BAU
01718065847
mhbb_alam@sau.ac.bd
mhbb_alam@yahoo.com

Dr. M. M. Mahbub Alam is a Molecular Biologist and Associate Professor at Department of Fish Health Management, Faculty of Fisheries, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh. He has extensive education, research and extension education experiences in the field of Aquaculture, Fisheries Management and Population Biology. He obtained his PhD in Biology from the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland, Iceland. He examined phylogenetics, phylogeography, population demography, population structure of several prawn and shrimp species i.e., Fenneropenaeus indicus, Metapenaeus monoceros, Penaeus monodon, Penaeus semisulcatus, Parapenaeopsis sculptilis and Macrobrachium rosenbergii utilizing mitochondrial markers (includes COI, 16S rRNA, tRNA genes and Control Region), microsatellites, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and ddRAD sequence variation. He reported distinct lineages or cryptic species in F. indicus, P. semisulcatus, P. monodon and Metapenaeus monoceros in the Indo-West Pacific region. He also detected distinct population structure in P. monodon and M. rosenbergii within Bangladesh waters. He has expertise on DNA sequencing, NGS (ddRADseq, 2bRADseq, etc.) along with Bioinformatics and sequence data analysis. Besides, he completed Bachelor of Science in Fisheries (Hons.) and Master of Science in Fisheries Management degrees from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh with distinct results. He is very much interested to continue his research in the field of Molecular Immunology, Phylogenetics, Phylogeography, Population Genetics and Genomics of fishes and invertebrates, Detection of adaptive genes, molecular diagnosis of fish and shellfish diseases, etc. He visited India, Belgium, Iceland, France, Sweden, Norway and United States of America for academic purposes.

Publication Profile:
  • Alam, M.M.M., Pálsson, S. (2021) Mitochondrial DNA variation of Metapenaeus monoceros (Decapoda, Penaeidae) reveals high genetic variation within Bangladesh with distinct lineages in the Indian Ocean. Marine Ecology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12653
  • Alam, M.M.M., Pálsson, S. (2021) Genetic variation of Parapenaeopsis sculptilis (Decapoda, Penaeidae) and reassessment of the phylogenetic relationships within the genus Parapenaeopsis based on mitochondrial DNA variation. Aquatic Living Resources, 34(1). https://doi.org/10.1051/alr/2020027
  • Alam, M.M.M., Pálsson, S. (2018) Recent phylogeographic studies revealed distinct lineages in penaeid shrimps. Oceanography and Fisheries Open Access Journal 7(5), 001-004. DOI: 10.19080/OFOAJ. 2018.07.55572
  • Iqbal, M.M., Alam, M.M.M, Kabir, M.A., Pálsson, S. (2018) Morphological and mitochondrial DNA variation revealed an undescribed lineage under the genus Sperata (Bagridae) in Bangladesh. Acta Zoologica 99(2), 177-187.
  • Alam, M.M.M., Westfall, K.M., Pálsson, S. (2017) Historical demography and genetic differentiation of the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii in Bangladesh based on mitochondrial and ddRAD sequence variation. Ecology and Evolution 7(12), 4326–4335.
  • Alam, M.M.M., de Croos, M.D.S.T., Pálsson, S. (2016) Mitochondrial DNA variation reveals distinct lineages in Penaeus semisulcatus (Decapoda, Penaeidae) from the Indo-West Pacific Ocean. Marine Ecology 38(2), e12406
  • Alam, M.M.M., Pálsson, S. (2016). Population structure of the giant tiger shrimp Penaeus monodon in Bangladesh based on variation in microsatellites and immune-related genes. Marine Biology Research 12, 706-714.
  • Alam, M.M.M., Westfall, K.M., Pálsson, S. (2016). Mitogenomic variation of Bangladesh Penaeus monodon (Decapoda, Penaeidae) and reassessment of its phylogeography in the Indo-West Pacific region. Hydrobiologia 763(1), 249–265.
  • Alam, M.M.M, Westfall, K.M., Pálsson, S. (2015). Mitochondrial DNA variation reveals cryptic species in Fenneropenaeus indicus. Bulletin of Marine Science 91(1), 15–31.
  • Parven, M., Alam, M.M.M., Khalil, S.M.I., Hamom, A., Goni, O., Rahman, M.M., Mamun, M.A.A. (2020). Identification of Pathogenic Bacteria from Diseased Thai Pangas Pangasius hypophthalamus with their Sensitivity to Antibiotics. Microbiology Research Journal International 30(3), 7-21.
  • Islam, T., Hossain, M.I., Alam, M.M.M., Khalil, S.M.I., Rahman, M.M., Mamun, M.A.A. (2020). Status of shrimp diseases and their management practices at Satkhira in Bangladesh. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 8(2), 1017-1026.
  • Hamom, A., Alam, M.M.M., Iqbal, M.M., Khalil, S.M.I., Parven, M., Sumon, T.A., Mamun, M.A.A. (2020). Identification of Pathogenic Bacteria from Diseased Nile Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus with their Sensitivity to Antibiotics. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences 9(3), 1716-1738.
  • Goni, O., Alam, M.M.M., Khalil, S.M.I., Bari, S.M., Hamom, A., Parven, M. and Mamun, M.A.A. 2020. Identification of pathogenic bacteria from diseased stringing catfish Heteropneustis fossilis with their sensitivity to antibiotics. Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 8(1), 291-301.
  • Das, H., Alam, M. M. M., Bari, S. M., Mamun, M. A., Das, M, Chowdhury, N. K., Islam, M. S. (2018). Parasitic infestation in Channa punctatus at Sylhet in Bangladesh. Journal of Fisheries and Life Sciences, 3(2), 1-8.
  • Rahman, M.M. , Alam, M.M.M., Khalil, S.M.I., Sumon, T.A. (2018) Prevalence of fish diseases in different aquaculture farms in the north-eastern region of Bangladesh. Journal of Sylhet Agricultural University 5(2), 189-194.
  • Paul, T.K., Alam, M.M.M. (2015). Potential of Using Rice-Straw Ash as Liming Material in Aquaculture. Journal of Sylhet Agricultural University 2(1), 117-125.
  • Rahman, M. M., Alam, M. M. M., Khalil, S. M. I., Bari, S. M., Rashid, M. M. (2015) Status of chemicals and aqua drugs used in freshwater aquaculture in North-eastern Bangladesh. Journal of Sylhet Agricultural University 2(2), 243-252.
  • Rashid, M. M., Alam, M. M. M., Huh, M. D., Rahman, M. M. (2015) Histopathological health assessment of farmed olive flounder Paralicthyes olivaceus. Journal of Sylhet Agricultural University 2(2), 253-262.
  • Paul, T.K., Alam, M.M.M. (2012). Potential of using rice-husk ash as liming material in aquaculture. Bangladesh Journal of Fisheries Research 15-16 (2011-12), 1-14.
  • Rahman, M.M., Alam, M.M.M., Zaman, T. (2012). Relationship between total length and digestive tract of different carnivorous fishes. Journal of Progressive Agriculture 23(1 & 2), 39-49.
  • Zaman, T. and Alam, M.M.M. (2012). Determination of optimum harvesting time for periphyton production on artificial substrates. Journal of Progressive Agriculture 23(1 & 2), 51-62.
  • Alam, M.M.M., Miah, M.I., Habib, M.A.B. (2003). A study on the feeding responses of filter-feeding Cyclops sp. on various concentrations of Chlorella vulgaris. Pakistan Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research 46(5), 354-357.
  • Alam, M.M.M., Miah, M.I., Habib, M.A.B., Kabeer, F. (2000). Culture of Chlorella sp. in inorganic media in the laboratory. Bangladesh Journal of Fisheries 23(2), 33-39.
  • Islam, M.S., Alam, M.M.M., Bari, S.M., Mamun, M.A.A., Mamun, A.A., Ahammad, B. (2018) Parasitic infestation in Clarias batrachus at haor region of north-eastern Bangladesh. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 6(1), 97-101.
  • Ahammad, B. , Khandaker, M., Hossain, M. I., Mamun, M.A.A., Khalil, S.M.I., Mita, F.A., Bari, S.M., Alam, M.M.M., Moniruzzaman, M. (2017) Assessment of fish diversity in Shatghari point of Surma River, Golapgonj, Sylhet, Bangladesh. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 5(5), 205-211.
  • Hosain, M.T., Ahmed, G.U., Hassan, M.M., Kashem, M.A., Alam, M.M.M., Hossain, M.M. (2014). Health status of eels from open waters: a clinical and histopathological approach. Annals of Veterinary and Animal Science 2014, 30-38.
  • Kabeer, F., Islam, M.A., Hossain, S.M.Z., Alam, M.M.M. and Alam, M.S. (2009). Culture of Ankistrodesmus sp. in inorganic media in laboratory. Journal of the Bangladesh Society for Agricultural Science and Technology 6(1&2), 95-98.
  • Miah, M.I., Rahman, M.A. Alam, M.M.M., Rahman, M.S. (1999). A study on the feeding responses of Diaphanosoma sp. in deferent concentrations of cultured Chlorococcum sp. Bangladesh Journal of Aquaculture 21, 69-78.
Books:
  • Alam, M.M.M. (2012). Feasibility Analysis: Financial, Technical and Environmental Feasibility, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, Saarbȗcken, Germany, 92p.
Research Interests:
  • Mitochondrial DNA and RAD sequencing, Phylogenetics, Phylogeography, Historical Demography, Population Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Detection of Adaptive Genes, Bioinformatics, etc.
  • Fish Health Management, Bacteria Culture and Isolation, Molecular Diagnosis of Fish and Shellfish Diseases, Molecular Immunology, Ecology and Evolution of Pathogens, etc.
Research Support:
  • Principal Investigator Title of the Project: Ecotoxicological effects of pesticides used in tea garden on indigenous catfishes Shing (Heteropneustes fossilis) and Magur (Clarias batrachus) Organization: University Grants Commission, Bangladesh Duration: July 2020 - June-2021
  • Co-Investigator; Title of the Project: Optimization of hormone dose and management measures for quality Monosex Tilapia Fry Production Organization: Sylhet Agricultural University Research System (SAURES), Sylhet Duration: July, 2018 to June 2019
  • Principal Investigator; Title of the Project: Optimization of Dosage of Aqua Drugs and Chemicals to Control Fish Diseases through Proper Diagnosis using Plate Culture, Histopathology and PCR Techniques Organization: Ministry of Science and Technology, Bangladesh Duration: July 2017 - June-2019
  • Principal Investigator Title of the Project: Optimization of Dosage of Aqua Drugs and Chemicals to Control Fish Diseases through Proper Diagnosis using Plate Culture, Histopathology and PCR Techniques Organization: Ministry of Science and Technology, Bangladesh Duration: July 2017 - June-2018
  • Principal Investigator Title of the Project: PCR and histopathology based diagnosis and optimization of dosage of aqua-drugs to control diseases in Tilapia and Thai Pangas Organization: University Grants Commission, Bangladesh Duration: July 2017 - June-2018
  • Principal Investigator; Title of the Project: PCR and histopathology based diagnosis and optimization of dosage of aqua-drugs to control diseases in Tilapia and Thai Pangas Organization: University Grants Commission, Bangladesh Duration: July 2017 - June-2018
  • Member of Sub-Project Management Team- Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP); Title of the Sub-Project: Improvement of Teaching-learning Facilities at Undergraduate and Graduate Level in the Faculty of Fisheries of Sylhet Agricultural University Organization: University Grants Commission, Bangladesh Duration: 01 May 2017 to 30 September 2018.
Undergraduate Courses:
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Fish Pathology
  • Fish Immunology
  • Fish Health Management
Masters Courses:
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Applied Fish Pharmacology
  • Shellfish Diseases
Academic Degrees and Qualification:
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology - 2016, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • M.S. in Fisheries Management - 1999, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh; Grade/Results: First Class with Distinction (A+)
  • B.Sc. Fisheries (Hons.) - 1995 (Exam held in 1998), Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh; Grade/Results: First Class (4th Position)
  • Higher Secondary Certificate - 1990, Brahmanbaria Government College /Cumilla Board; Grade/Results: First Division.
  • Secondary School Certificate - 1988, Bidyakut Amar High School/Cumilla Board; Grade/Results: First Division.
Positions and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Department of Fish Health Management, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet 3100, Bangladesh. Duration: 30 October 2018 to till date.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Fish Health Management, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet 3100, Bangladesh. Duration: 30 October 2013 to 30 October 2018.
  • Bangladesh Civil Service (Fisheries) - Farm Manager/Upazila Fisheries Officer, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Duration: 02 July 2005 to 30 October 2013.
  • Aquaculture Officer, Greater Noakhali Aquaculture Extension Project (GoB-DANIDA), Noakhali, Bangladesh. Duration: 19 January 2002 to 31 August 2004.
  • Extension Officer, 4th Fisheries Project Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Duration: 14 March 2000 to 13 January 2002.
  • Senior Laboratory Technician, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Duration: 01 August 1998 to 13 March 2000.
Awards and Recognitions:
  • Venus International Research Award 2018 as Distinguished Scientist in Fisheries offered by Venus International Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Best Publication Award 2017 offered by Sylhet Agricultural University Teacher's Council, Sylhet 3100, Bangladesh.
Awards and Scholarships:
  • PhD Scholarship funded by United Nations University - Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP), Iceland. Duration: January 2013 to September 2016.
  • Fellowship in Fisheries Companies Management and Marketing funded by United Nations University - Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP), Iceland. Duration: September 2010 to March 2011.
Role as Reviewer:
  • PloS one
  • Molecular Biology Reports
  • Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
  • Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology
  • The Philippine Agricultural Scientist
  • Cahiers de Biologie Marine
  • International Journal of Natural Sciences
  • Regional Studies in Marine Sciences
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Environmental Biology of Fishes
Conference contributions (Invited Speech):
  • The 4th Innovations in Plant and Food Sciences (IPFS) - International Conference on Biotechnology in Health and Agriculture (ICBHA) during 11 to 13 November 2019 at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Invited Speaker for the Technical Session 7b: Fisheries & Livestock Biotechnology. Organized by: Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists (GNOBB).
Mentorship and Supervisory Work (MS):
  • Moslima Parven ID: 1702030401 Reg. No.: 1977 Thesis Title: Diagnosis of bacterial pathogens from diseased Pangasius hypophthalmus and evaluation of their sensitivity to antibiotics. Date of Degree Offered: December 2018
  • Aishi Hamom ID: 1702030402 Reg. No.: 1987 Thesis Title: Identification of bacterial pathogens from diseased Oreochromis niloticus with their sensitivity to antibiotics. Date of Degree Offered: December 2018
  • Osman Goni ID: 1602030403 Reg. No.: 1609 Thesis Title: Identification of bacterial pathogens from diseased Heteropneustes fossilis and assessment of their sensitivity to antibiotics. Date of Degree Offered: June 2018
  • Md. Sourove Islam ID: 1502030401 Reg. No.: 1305 Title of the Thesis: Study on parasitic infestation in Clarias batrachus at Haor region of Sylhet in Bangladesh. Date of Degree Offered: June 2017
  • Haimonti Das Mou ID: 1502030402 Reg. No.: 1330 Thesis Title: Study on parasitic infestation in Channa punctatus at Sylhet in Bangladesh. Date of Degree Offered: June 2017
  • Md. Moshiur Rahman ID: 1302030401 Reg. No.: 0794 Thesis Title: Status of fish health management and the responsible use of drugs and chemicals in North-Eastern Bangladesh. Date of Degree Offered: December 2014
  • Md. Moniruzzaman ID No. 1602030401 Reg. No. 1324 ID No. 1602030401 Reg. No. 1324 Thesis Title: Prevalence of Disease and Use of Drugs and Chemicals in Aquaculture at Moulovibazar District in Bangladesh Date of Degree Offered: December 2017
  • Md. Abdul Karim ID No: 1702030406 Reg. No. 2018 Thesis Title: Histopathological Alterations in Liver and Kidney of Mystus cavasius due to Water Pollution in the Surma River Date of Degree Offered: December 2018
  • Md. Nurul Hasan Roll No.: 1702030603 Reg. No.: 1989 Thesis Title: Seasonal Variation of Bacteriological Parameters of Mrigal (Cirrhinus cirrhosus) of Hakaluki Haor in Sylhet Region Date of Degree Offered: December 2018
  • Tariqul Islam Roll No.: 1702030403 Reg. No.: 1988 Thesis Title: Status of Shrimp Diseases and Their Management Practices at Satkhira in Bangladesh Date of Degree Offered: December 2018
Language:
  • English (Fluent in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)
  • Bengali (Mother Tongue)