Instrumental Access 2020

Jagannath University

Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology

In Bangladesh, building infrastructure for biotechnology research and education

  •  Students are conducting experiment in Practical Lab

    Students in the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology work on a practical in the lab

  • New Academic Building of Jagannath University where GEB department is situated

    The Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology is in the new Academic Building at Jagannath University

  • 3rd year students in front of office of GEB department

    Third-year students in the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

  • GEB students

    Faculty and staff from the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (left to right) Md. Mehadi Hasan Sohag, Farzana Alam, Dr. Dilara Islman Sharif, Dr. Sumaiya Farah Khan, Mahmuda Akter, and Md. Amzad Hossain

  • Laboratory of GEB department

    Students in the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology laboratory

  • 4th year students are in the Practical lab

    Fourth-year students in the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology are awaiting equipment to conduct their graduate thesis work on-campus

  • NAGEB Students on their study tour in Milk Vita (one of the largest Dairy industries in Bangladesh)ME

    Students on a study tour at Milk Vita, one of the largest dairy production companies in Bangladesh

  • Students of GEB department on National Biotech Fair of Bangladesh

    Students of GEB department on National Biotech Fair of Bangladesh

  • Students in the Classroom of GEB department of Jagannath University

    Students in the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology 

Meet our Awardee

Jagannath University was established in 1863 and converted to a public university in 2006. Today, nearly 20,000 students attend. In 2016, the university expanded its science offerings to include a new department: the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

Research Areas

Researchers in the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology are focused on sustainable energy and biofuel development, environmental toxicology, drug discovery from natural products, water and food quality, emerging and food-borne pathogens, and the study of human genetics and molecular biology of diseases.
Every instrument you donate will bring hope to students and staff and bring us close to the international scientific arena. It will open the doors to great potential.”
—Dr. Dilara Islam Sharif, Head of the Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, Jagannath University

Safeguarding the Land of Rivers: Dilara Islam Sharif, PhD

Dr. Dilara Sharif

"Water is likely to be the most pressing environmental concern of the next century, and rivers should be protected at all costs," says Dilara Islam Sharif, PhD, (left) professor of biotechnology and genetic engineering and the head of the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology at Jagannath University.

Bangladesh is known as the land of the rivers, with over 230 waterways crisscrossing the nation. The Buriganga River flows just blocks away from Jagannath University and is a source of water for millions of people in Dhaka, the country's capital.

However, the Buriganga is the most polluted river in the country. Toxic waste from nearby mills, tanneries, and factories render the water unsafe to drink. Pollution is seeping into the groundwater, causing even more widespread harm.

As an environmental microbiologist, Dr. Sharif sees an urgent need for solutions. With support from the Ministry of Education, she and her colleagues are working to find and engineer microbes that are capable of degrading industrial pollutants like petroleum. This method of cleaning toxic waste is called bioremediation.

Her work has the potential to create new cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly solutions for toxic waste management, in the Buriganga River and beyond.

However, the department's labs have insufficient equipment to complete this work on campus. As a young department, they have had to start from scratch in amassing the necessary research infrastructure. Equipment from Instrumental Access will allow Dr. Sharif, her colleagues, and the four students working on this project to accelerate their research.

"Your equipment will help us conduct research at every step of this project," says Dr. Sharif. "It will make a positive impact on quality education, research, and the community."

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Jagannath University
Equipment will not only help develop our own research laboratory, but also help us build specialized labs which will have a huge impact on both students and staff.”
—Dr. Dilara Sharif, Head of the Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology at Jagannath University

About the Department

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Year Established: 2016
Number of Faculty:
9
Students Impacted Annually: 150


Why Instrumental Access?

As a young department, the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology does not have sufficient lab instrumentation to give students practical hands-on training. With Instrumental Access equipment, they anticipate the first group of students enrolled in the program (now in their final year) will be able to conduct their graduate thesis work on campus. They also plan to add molecular biology capabilities to their labs and expand Master's degree offerings in the future.
Shipment Status

In transit to Bangladesh


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About Instrumental Access

Instrumental Access empowers scientists in developing countries. It gives them the resources they need to pursue life-changing research and teach the next generation.

To begin, we identify a pipeline of scientific talent. Then we rigorously screen universities and select those with the most potential to advance education and research through Instrumental Access.