Chemistry research groups in Bangladesh
ISP Chemistry supports two research groups in Bangladesh, one at University of Dhaka and one at Rajshahi University:
- Studies of organic pollutants in food, water and environment
- Studies on safety, efficiency and adverse health effects of herbal formulations of Bangladesh
Studies of organic pollutants in food, water and environment
ISP support to Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, started in 1978 for development of activities in natural products chemistry. From 2003 the support has been directed to environmental chemistry. The activities are coordinated by Dr Mohammad Shoeb.
Food safety is a burning issue in Bangladesh due to the use of unauthorized toxic chemicals in food production, preservation and storage. The objectives are to identify and quantify toxic chemicals in different food items, to produce skilled manpower by giving training to students & young scientists, to disseminate knowledge in conference/seminars and to publish scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.
Read more about the research group and the group leader: Interview with Dr Shoeb.
Dr Mohammad Shoeb, Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka
Studies on safety, efficiency and adverse health effects of herbal formulations of Bangladesh
ISP support to this group started in 2013. Initially through support to Daffodil International University, but since 2019 the group is located at Department of Chemistry, University of Rajshahi. The activities are coordinated by Dr Md Rausan Zamir.
The overall objectives of the group is to identify toxic components (heavy metals, pesticides, microbes) in herbal preparations, to identify preservatives in herbal preparations and to study adverse health effect (genotoxicity, oxidative stress, cardiovascular effects) of the effective dose of herbal preparation.