We Modify Plants

Our Mission is to Produce More Productive Plants

Abdullah Mohammad Shohael, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering
Jahangirnagar University Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh
+880-277-910-4551 (Ext: 2145)


Dr. Shohael has completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural Biotechnology from Chungbuk National University, South Korea in 2006. After that, he joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) The Philippines as a research collaborator to work on the oversee of aquaporin functions of drought-tolerant mechanisms in rice (2006-2007). During JSPS Postdoctoral fellowship at Tsukuba University, Japan (2007-2009) his responsibility was to develop genetically modified lettuce plants with taste modifying protein miraculin. Development of Greening and Canker resistant transgenic Citrus cultivars were his research goal at the University of Florida, (2009-2011) as a research associate. He has long experiences in plant tissue culture, commercial production of plant cells through bioreactor culture for the metabolic interest and development of genetically modified plants. He has published articles in many international journals and books (total citation 739, h-index 14, i10-index 16; RG score 19.68). His research interests to identify novel genes from the local biodiversity, conservation of the biodiversity, genome engineering and genome editing approach to develop climate-resilient crops (Rice, Fodder crop, Vegetables), metabolomics and metabolic engineering, public awareness and motivation towards the new technologies.


  • Plant cell, tissue and organ culture
  • Genetic engineering and Genome editing
  • Cytology and cytogenetics
  • Systems biology and bioinformatics
  • Secondary metabolism and phytochemical screening
  • In vivo and animal model testing
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity Initiatives

Current Research Projects:

1.       Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles (AgNPs) for Agricultural Biotechnology
2.       Analysis of the Consumer Perceptions of Genetically Modified Foods in Bangladesh
3.       Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and expression of a vacuolar Na+/H+ antiporter gene (AtNHX3) in fodder crops under salt stress in Bangladesh
4.       Salt tolerant fodder development through genetic engineering.
5.       Assessment of Heavy metals contamination in the food chain.
6.       Molecular characterization of drought responses in local rice cultivars in Bangladesh.

Funding agencies:

  1. Glaxo SmithKline, Bangladesh
  2. Ministry of Education, GoB
  3. Ministry of Science and Technology, GoB
  4. University Grants Commission, Bangladesh
  5. Jahangirnagar University Research Funds
  6. Well Green Corporation, Chungbuk National University, South Korea.
  7. Investment Corporation of Bangladesh