Dr. Zahid Hassan is an Assistant Professor of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology at Jagannath University, Bangladesh. He received his PhD in Molecular Microbial Ecology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands followed by a short term Postdoc at the same institute. His PhD research was focused on bioremediation of arsenic and iron, sampled from arsenic contaminated drinking water wells in Bangladesh. He has ample of research experience: over 15 years in the field of environmental microbiology and virology along with supervision of MS thesis students and junior staff. He worked quite a long time on diarrheal causing enteric viruses, serosurveillances of HIV, HCV and influenza viruses as well as on efficacy trial of Rotarix and RotaTeq vaccine in Bangladesh. He is also experienced in Bio Safety Level 3, ICH Good Clinical Practice, GLP, Scientific writing and SOPs. He published his research findings in a variety of prestigious journals including Emerging Infectious Diseases, FEMS Microbiology and Ecology, Microorganisms and Science of the Total Environment etc. He is expert on Aerobic-, Microaerophilic-, Anaerobic-culture, Tissue culture (animal cell), Microscopy (Light, Phase contrast and fluorescent), accreditation for quality control of HIV, HCV and Syphilis Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Immunovirology,. He is also reviewer of several peer reviewed journals.


His primary research interests are to identify and molecular characterization of emerging pathogens, blood-, water- and food-borne viruses, food adulterants & additives and bioremediation. He is currently focusing on the identification and application of biosurfactant producing microbes.