Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Discipline Khulna University Khulna 9208 Bangladesh.



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Dr. Md. Morsaline Billah

An enthusiastic and proactive biotechnologist with extensive experience in teaching and research at undergraduate and graduate level students and proficient in theoretical and experimental research activities in allied fields of interest with good expertise on bioprospecting of plant and microbial resources, bionanotechnology, biotechnology business, curriculum design and development having strong interest in educating students and sharing knowledge to broader audience in research and academia. 

  • PhD in Biochemistry and Microbiology (2004 to 2008) , Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (1995 to 2000), Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh.  

  • Environmental Monitoring by Electro-analytical and Biosensing Techniques (Detection of Heavy Metals in Water and Environmental Samples)
  • Bioprospecting of Mangrove Flora and Endophytic Fungi of The Sundarbans
  • Immunology of Viral Infections and Immunometabolism
  • Healthcare Monitoring by Biosensing Techniques
  • Surface Modification and Functionalisation
  • Biotechnology Business and Entrepreneurship Development.

  • Visiting Academic (2018-2020), Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • Professor ( 2013-), Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh
  • Visiting Researcher (2016-2017),  Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Visiting Professor (2013), School of Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (2011-2012), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia
  • Associate Professor (2009-2013), Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh
  • Research Fellow (2008), Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Assistant Professor (2004-2009), Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh
  • Lecturer (2001-2004), Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

Nurunnabi TR, Sarwar S, Sabrin F, Alam F, Nahar L, Sohrab H, Sarker SD, Rahman SMM, Billah MM (2020) Molecular identification and antimicrobial activity of endophytic fungi isolated from Heritiera fomes (Buch. -Ham), a mangrove plant of the Sundarbans, Beni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 9: 61. 


Salekeen R, Mou SN, Islam ME, Ahmed A, Billah MM, Rahman SMM, Islam KMD (2020) Predicting multi-enzyme inhibition in the arachidonic acid metabolic network by Heritiera fomes extracts, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. (DOI: 


Mahmud-Al-Rafat A, Asim MMH, Taylor-Robinson AW, Majumder A, Muktadir A, Muktadir H, Karim M, Khan I, Ahasan MM, Billah MM (2020) A combinational approach to restore cytokine balance and to inhibit virus growth may promote patient recovery in severe COVID-19 cases, Cytokine 136:155228. (DOI: 


Rahman M, Billah MM, Hack-Polay D, Alam A (2020) The use of biotechnologies in textile processing and environmental sustainability: An emerging market context, Technological Forecasting and Social Change 159: 120204. (DOI:


Hack-Polay D, Rahman M, Billah MM, Al-Sabbahy HZ (2020) Big data analytics and sustainable textile manufacturing: Decision-making about the applications of biotechnologies in developing countries, Management Decision 58(8): 1699-1714. (DOI:


Rahman M, Hack-Polay D, Billah MM, Nabi NU (2020) Bio-based textile processing through the application of enzymes for environmental sustainability, International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development 19(1):87-106 (DOI:


Nurunnabi, T.R., Sabrin, F., Sharif, D.I., Nahar L, Sohrab MH, Sarker SD, Rahman SMM, Billah MM (2020) Antimicrobial activity of endophytic fungi isolated from the mangrove plant Sonneratia apetala (Buch. -Ham) from the Sundarbans mangrove forest, Advances in Traditional Medicine 20: 419–425.  (DOI:


Aunjum A, Biswas R, Ullah M, Billah MM, Islam ME, Islam KMD (2019) Bioactivity analysis of Sarcolobus globosus Wall., a mangrove plant of the Sundarbans, Journal of the Bangladesh Agricultural University 17(4), 476-482. (DOI:


Biswas R, Rahman SMM, Islam KMD, Billah MM, Aunjum A, Nurunnabi TR, Kundu SK, Islam ME (2019) Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, and Anticoagulation Properties of Aegiceras corniculatum and Acanthus ilicifolius. Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Research 5 (3) :35-44.  (DOI:

Aunjum A, Biswas R, Nurunnabi TR, Rahman SMM, Islam ME, Islam KMD (2019) Antioxidant and antibacterial activity of three herbs belonging to Zingiber genus of Bangladesh, Advances in Traditional Medicine 20: 343-350. (DOI:


Islam ME, Islam KMD, Billah MM, Biswas R, Sohrab MH, Rahman SMM (2019) Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity of Heritiera fomes (Buch. -Ham), a mangrove plant of the Sundarbans. Oriental Pharmacy and Experimental Medicine. (DOI:


Rahman M, Billah MM, Hack-Polay D (2019) What is hindering change? Anticipating the barriers to the adoption of enzyme‐based textile processing in a developing country, Business Strategy and Development, Early View. (DOI:


Mahmud-Al-Rafat A, Majumder A, Taufiqur Rahman KM, Mahedi Hasan AM, Islam KMD, Taylor-Robinson AW, Billah MM (2019) Decoding the enigma of antiviral crisis: Does one target molecule regulate all? Cytokine 115:13-23. (DOI: 


Islam MT, Ali ES2, Uddin SJ, Shaw S, Islam MA, Ahmed MI, Chandra Shill M, Karmakar UK, Yarla NS, Khan IN, Billah MM et al. (2018) Phytol: A review of biomedical activities, Food and Chemical Technology 121:82-94. (DOI:


Nurunnabi TR, Al-Majmaie S, Nakouti I, Nahar L, Rahman SMM, Sohrab MH, Billah MM et al. (2018) Antimicrobial activity of kojic acid from endophytic fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides isolated from Sonneratia apetala, a mangrove plant of the Sundarbans. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, 11: 350-354. (DOI:


Nurunnabi TR, Nahar L, Al-Majmaie S, Rahman SMM, Sohrab MH, Billah MM, Ismail FMD, Rahman MM, Sharples GP, Sarker SD (2018) Anti-MRSA activity of oxysporone and xylitol from the endophytic fungus Pestalotia sp. growing on the Sundarbans mangrove plant Heritiera fomes, Phytotherapy Research 32: 348-354. (DOI:


Islam MR, Mondol OK, Rahman MS, Billah MM, Rahman MS, Zohora US (2016) Screening of α-amylase producing bacteria from tannery wastes of Hazaribag, Bangladesh, Jahangirnagar University Journal of Biological Sciences 5: 1-10. (DOI: 


Afrin S, Pervin R, Sabrin F, Sohrab MH, Rony SR, Islam ME, Islam KD, Billah MM (2016) Assessment of antioxidant, Antibacterial and preliminary cytotoxic activity of chloroform and methanol extracts of Caesalpinia crista L. leaf, Bangladesh Journal of Botany 45: 1061-1068. 


Afrin S, Pervin R, Sabrin F, Sohrab MH, Rony SR, Islam ME, Islam KD, Billah MM (2016) In vitro antioxidant activity, antimicrobial and preliminary cytotoxic activity of Cynometra ramiflora-a mangrove plant, Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences 6: 844-850. (DOI: 


Islam T, Khan IH, Afroz KF, Rahman MZ, Hossain MS, Islam ME, Billah MM, Islam KD (2016) Effective identification of Lactobacillus paracasei ssp. paracasei-1 by 16S-23S rRNA intergenic spacer region sequencing, Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences 6:702-706 (DOI: 10.15414/jmbfs.2016.6.1.695-701).


Akter M, Afrin S, Sakib SN, Biswas R, Billah MM, Rahman MS, Zohora US (2016) Investigation of antibacterial, cytotoxic and antioxidant properties of the mangrove plant Xylocarpus mekongensis, Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology 7:205-213. (DOI: 


Pervin R, Afrin S, Sabrin F, Zohora US, Rahman MS, Islam KD, Billah MM (2016) Antioxidant, Antibacterial and Brine Shrimp Lethality Bioassay of Amoora cucullata, a Mangrove Plant. Journal of Young Pharmacists 2016; 8(1):33-8 (DOI:


Rony IK, Baten A, Bloomfield JA, Islam ME, Billah MM, Islam KD (2015) Inducing pluripotency in vitro: recent advances and highlights in induced pluripotent stem cells generation and pluripotency reprogramming, Cell Proliferation 48(2):140–156 (DOI: 


Sahabuddin M , Ali H, Miah MF, Ferdous A, Akhter MS,  Billah MM , Hassan Z,  Ali L (2015) Association of vitamin D receptor gene Apa1 (G>T) and Taq1 (T>C) polymorphisms in the pathogenesis of impaired glucose tolerance in subjects of Bangladeshi origin, International Journal of Green and Herbal Chemistry 4(3): 357-369.


Honi U, Sabrin F, Islam T, Islam ME, Billah MM, Islam KD (2013) Enzymatic activity and antibiotic resistance profile of Lactobacillus paracasei ssp. paracasei-1 isolated from regional yogurts of Bangladesh, Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, 3(3):235-239.


Saha S, Shilpi JA, Mandal H, Gofur MR, Billah MM, Nahar L, Sarker SD (2013) Bioactivity studies on Musa seminifera Lour. Pharmacognosy Magazine, 9: 315-322 (DOI: 


Billah MM, Hays HCW, Hodges C, Ponnambalam S, Vohra R, Millner PA (2012) Mixed self-assembled monolayer (mSAM) based impedimetric immunosensors for cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and soluble lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (sLOX-1), Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 173: 361-366 (DOI:


Pervin R, Sabrin F, Billah MM, Islam KMD, Elmezughi J, Shilpi JA (2012) Antibacterial and cytotoxic activity of Meyna spinosa stem, Turkish Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 9(2): 225-230. 


Chowdhury A, Hossain MN, Mostazir NJ, Fakruddin M, Billah MM, Ahmed MM (2012) Screening of Lactobacillus spp. from buffalo yoghurt for probiotic and antibacterial activity, Journal of Bacteriology and Parasitology 3(8):156-161 (


Shilpi JA, Islam ME, Billah M, Islam KMD, Sabrin F, Uddin SJ, Nahar L, Sarker SD (2012) Antinociceptive, Anti-Inflammatory, and Antipyretic Activity of Mangrove Plants: A Mini Review, Advances in Pharmacological Sciences, Volume 2012, Article ID 576086, 7 pages (DOI: 


Billah MM, Hodges C, Hays HCW, Millner PA (2010) Directed immobilisation of reduced antibody fragments onto a novel SAM on gold for myoglobin impedance immunosensing, Bioelectrochemistry 80(1): 49-54 (DOI: 


Hoque MZ, Akter F, Hossain KM, Rahman MSM, Billah MM, Islam KMD (2010) Isolation, Identification and Analysis of Probiotic properties of Lactobacillus Spp. from selective regional yoghurts, World Journal of Dairy & Food Sciences 5(1): 39-46.


Millner PA, Hays HCW, Vakurov A, Pchelintsev NA, Billah MM, Rodgers MA (2009) Nanostructured transducer surfaces for electrochemical biosensor construction—Interfacing the sensing component with the electrode, Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 20: 34-40 (DOI:


Billah MM, Hays HCW, Millner PA (2008) Development of a myoglobin impedimetric immunosensor based on mixed self-assembled monolayer onto gold, Microchimica Acta 160(4): 447-454 (DOI: 


Millner P, Vakurov A, Hays H, Pchelintsev N, Billah M, Rodger M, Gibson T (2007) The nanoscale design of surfaces for building biosensors, Journal of Biotechnology 131 (2): S127-128 (DOI: 


Roberts LC, Hug SJ, Ruettimann T, Billah M, Khan AW, Rahman MT (2004) Arsenic removal with iron (II) and iron (III) in waters with high silicate and phosphate concentrations, Environment Science and Technology 38 (1): 307-315 (DOI: 


Ahasan MM, Billah MM, Hasan MM, Islam KMD, Shilpi JA (2004) Transmission, biochemical manifestation and CD4+ cell count of HIV: a review, Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 7(2): 292-300 (DOI:


Shilpi JA, Uddin SJ, Rouf R, Billah MM (2004) Central nervous system depressant activity of Diospyros peregrina bark, Oriental Pharmacy and Experimental Medicine, 4(4): 249-252


Ahamed T, Hossain KM, Billah MM, Islam KMD, Ahasan MM, Islam ME (2004) Adaptation of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) on Vero cell line, International Journal of Poultry Science 3(2): 153-156 (DOI: 


Mamun MM, Billah MM, Ashek A, Ahasan MM, Hossain MJ, Sultana T (2003) Evaluation of Diuretic Activity of Ipomoea aquatica (Kalmisak) in Mice Model Study, Journal of Medical Sciences 3(5): 395-400 (DOI: 


Islam KMD, Ahamed T, Ahasan MM, Billah MM, Islam ME, Hossain KM (2003) Adaptation of Reovirus on Vero Cell Line, Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances 2 (8): 425-429 (DOI:


Shrestha P, Ahasan MM, Islam KMD, Billah MM, Islam ME, Mehedi M, Mitra S, Islam MR (2003) Sero-prevalence of Infectious Bursal Disease Virus (IBDV) Specific Antibody in Chicken, Journal of Biological Sciences 6(14): 1234-1240 (DOI:


Aryal P, Hossain KM, Ahasan MM, Islam KMD, Billah MM, Islam ME, Mehedi M, Mitra S (2003) Sero-prevalence of Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) Specific Antibody in Chicken, Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances 2 (6): 366-371 (DOI: