PhD title: Understanding how the Natural Environment Influences DMSP Production by Plants.
Billions of tonnes of the organosulfur compound dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) are made each year by marine algae, corals and bacteria, and a number of plant species also make this important molecule. DMSP is a key marine nutrient pivotal in global sulfur cycling, as it is the main precursor of the climate-active gas dimethylsulfide (DMS). Despite the role of DMSP being well established as an anti-stress molecule in some marine algae and bacteria, its role in plants remains unknown. Indeed, only some plants have been shown to produce DMSP, including the saltmarsh cordgrass Spartina. Saltmarshes are global hotspots for DMSP/DMS production, so determining the contribution played by plants in this production is key for understanding sulfur cycling in the natural environment.
In this project, I will explore how and why plants produce DMSP by evaluating DMSP production in plants sampled from different environments and grown under controlled experimental conditions. I will also build on our recent work identifying DMSP synthesis genes and test how expression of these genes and enzyme function is regulated in plants by the natural environment. I will also explore the evolutionary perspective of DMSP synthesis genes and their wider distribution in other plants.
Kabir SMT, Hossain MS, Bashar KK, Honi U, Ahmed B, Haque MS, Emdad EM, Islam MS: Genome-wide identification and expression profiling of AP2/ERF superfamily genes under stress conditions in dark jute (Corchorus olitorius L.). Industrial Crops & Products 166 (2021) 113469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2021.113469
Islam ABMMK, Khan MA, Ahmed R, Hossain MS, Kabir SMT, Islam MS, Siddiki AMAMZ: Transcriptome of nasopharyngeal samples from COVID-19 patients and a comparative analysis with other SARS-CoV-2 infection models reveal disparate host responses against SARS-CoV-2. J Transl Med 19, 32 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12967-020-02695-0
Honi U, Amin R, Kabir SMT, Bashar KK, Moniruzzaman M, Jahan S, Jahan R, Haque MS, Islam MS: Genome-wide identification, characterization and expression profiling of gibberellin metabolism genes in jute. BMC Plant Biol 20, 306 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-020-02512-2
Hasan R, Aktar N, Kabir SMT, Honi U, Halim A, Islam R, Sarker MDH, Haque MS, Alam MM, Islam MS: Pectinolytic Bacterial Consortia Reduce Jute Retting Period and Improve Fibre Quality. Sci Rep 10, 5174 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-61898-z
Islam MS, Saito JA, Emdad EM, Ahmed B, Islam MM, Halim A, Hossen QMM, Hossain MZ, Ahmed R, Hossain MS, Kabir SMT, Khan MSA, et al: Comparative genomics of two jute species and insight into fibre biogenesis. Nature Plants 3, 16223 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nplants.2016.223
Rahman KMT, Islam MF, Banik RS, Honi U, Diba FS, Sumi SS, Kabir SMT, Akhter MS: Changes in Protein Interaction Networks between Normal and Cancer Conditions: Total Chaos or Ordered Disorder? Network Biology, 2013, 3(1): 15-28
Kabir SMT, Sabrin F, Hasan MN, Islam KD, Billah MM, 2012: Investigation of Preliminary Cytotoxic Activity of Ethanolic Stem and Leaf Extracts of Amoora cucullata. J. Innov. Dev. Strategy 6(2):24-28.
Awards and prizes
Champion of Intra-university Athletic Competition in Khulna University.
I was the proud member Khulna University cricket and football team. I acted as a secretary of VOID (Voluntary Organization of Intellectual Development) and also member of editorial board of a scientific magazine BIOTECH.