Nanotechnology and sequencing based approaches to reveal the epigenetic and genetic signatures of cancer

For the past couple of years, Mr Ahmed has worked on a study entitled 'Cryptosporidiosis in Children of Bangladesh' at icddr,b (Dhaka, Bangladesh). This study in Bangladeshi rural and urban children was designed with an aim to elucidate the natural history of cryptosporidiosis, by determining the incidence and contribution to disease by the different species and genotypes of cryptosporidia, identifying the genotypes of the parasite that should be included in developing a vaccine, host factors that may play significant role in infection susceptibility and comparing a newly developed point of care test. So far, he published six articles in high impact international peer-reviewed journals. At present, as a PhD student of the AIBN, his research goal is to apply nanotechnology and sequencing based approaches to reveal the epigenetic and genetic signatures of cancer.

​Emtiaz Ahmed achieved his BSc and MS degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Jahangirnagar University (JU), Bangladesh. As part of the MS program, he completed his thesis on viral gastroenteritis at the infectious disease division of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). After completion of MS-Thesis, he has been privileged to join the Emerging Infections and Parasitology laboratory of icddr,b as a research officer and served there for around four years until joining to the University of Queensland as a PhD student within the Trau Group.

Key Publications​

Kabir, M., Ahmed, E., Hossain, B., Alam, M., & Ahmed, S. (2018). Giardia/Cryptosporidium QUIK CHEK® Assay is more Specific than qPCR for Rapid Point-of-care Diagnosis of Cryptosporidiosis in Infants in Bangladesh. Clinical Infectious Diseases67(12), 1897-1903.

Steiner, K. L., Ahmed, S., Gilchrist, C. A., Burkey, C., Cook, H., Ma, Ahmed, E. & Tofail, F. (2018). Species of cryptosporidia causing subclinical infection associated with growth faltering in rural and urban Bangladesh: a birth cohort study. Clinical Infectious Diseases67(9), 1347-1355.

Gilchrist, C. A., Cotton, J. A., Burkey, C., Arju, T., Gilmartin, A., Lin, Y., Ahmed, E. & Robinson, G. (2018). Genetic diversity of Cryptosporidium hominis in a Bangladeshi community as revealed by whole-genome sequencing. The Journal of infectious diseases218(2), 259-264.

Korpe, P. S., Gilchrist, C., Burkey, C., Taniuchi, M., Ahmed, E. & Kabir, M. (2018). Case-Control Study of Cryptosporidium Transmission in Bangladeshi Households. Clinical Infectious Diseases68(7), 1073-1079.

Watanabe, K., Gilchrist, C. A., Uddin, M. J., Burgess, S. L., Abhyankar, M. M., Moonah, & Ahmed, E. (2017). Microbiome-mediated neutrophil recruitment via CXCR2 and protection from amebic colitis. PLoS pathogens13(8), e1006513.