Department of Pharmacy
Prof. Dr. Md. Abdur Rashid  Visiting Professor
Name :
Prof. Dr. Md. Abdur Rashid
Employee ID
Visiting Professor  
Department of Pharmacy
Faculty of Allied Health Science
Personal Webpage
880-2-9668573(res), 9661900/8137

Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.

Teaching positions at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
(a) Lecturer January 11, 1987 to March 11, 1992.
(b) Assistant Professor March 12, 1992 to March 4, 1996.
(c) Associate Professor March 5, 1996 to March 6, 2002.
(d) Professor March 7, 2002 to till date.


Book/chapters in book: 8
Papers in Scientific Journals: 328 (International: 190, National: 133, Submitted: 05)

Research Experience
1) Scientist II, SAIC-Frederick, NCI-Frederick, Frederick, MD 21702 from May 5, 2000 to November 29, 2001. I was involved in the isolation & characterization of anticancer compounds from marine organisms.
2) Visiting Scientist, SAIC-Frederick, NCI-Frederick, Frederick, MD 21702 from December 9, 1997 to May 5, 2000, where I was involved in the isolation & characterization of anticancer and HIV-inhibitory lead compounds, with special emphasis to peptides from aqueous marine extracts.
3) Post Doctoral- I carried out a two year of research (from April 1993 to March 1995) at the U.S. National Cancer Institute which was supervised by Dr. Kirk R. Gustafson. As a member of the research group headed by Dr. John H. Cardellina II, I successfully completed more than a dozen of projects dealing with the anti-cancer and HIV-inhibitory activities of the aqueous/ organic extracts of plants, marine and microbial organisms. A variety of compounds such as alkaloids, antibiotics, polyacetylenes, saponins, pterocarpans, lignans and peptides were obtained as active constituents.
4) Doctoral research- During my Ph.D. research at the University of Strathclyde, under the supervision of Prof. Peter G. Waterman and Dr. Alexander I. Gray, I submitted a thesis entitled “Phytochemical and Chemosystematic Studies in Eristemoninae (Rutaceae).” This thesis describes the isolation and structure elucidation of a total of 93 compounds, including 34 novel ones from 11 Australian plant species and their uses as chemotaxonomic markers.
5) Carried out a research project in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka and submitted a dissertation entitled “Antihypertensive Principle from Moringa oleifera.”
6) Supervised/ co-supervised various research projects of the students approaching towards the degrees of M. Pharm./M.Sc./M. Phil./Ph.D. at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Rajshahi University Engineering and Technology (RUET) and the Institute of Post Graduate Medicine & Research (IPGMR), Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.

  1. Received award for the best plenary lecture entitled “Phyto-pharmacological studies of some medicinal plants of Bangladesh with special emphasis to anti-diabetic drug discovery" in the International Conference on Diabetes Mellitus and Cancer (DIA-CAN'2012) held inAnnamalai University, Chidambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India during December 14-14, 2012.
  2. Received Ibrahim Memorial Gold Medal at the 46th Convocation of the University of Dhaka for the year 2003-2004 for outstanding contribution in scientific research.
  3. Awarded Abdur Rob Chowdhury Memorial Gold Medal the 45th Convocation of the University of Dhaka for the year 2005-2006 for extraordinary research achievement in Biological Sciences.
  4. Awarded BAS-Dr. M.O. Ghani Memorial Gold Medal for the year 2005 in recognition of significant contribution in the field of Natural Products Research.
  5. Listed as one of the most productive leading scientists of the OIC member states in 2007-2008 ( [with highest point among the listed scientists within University of Dhaka].
  6. Honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) by the Open International University of Complementary Medicines, Colombo, Sri Lanka in December 1996.
  7. Young investigator’s prize for 1996 by the Third World Academy of Sciences/Bangladesh Academy of Sciences for significant contribution to Natural Products Chemistry.
  8. Constant Outstanding Performance Awards (COPA) by the SAIC Frederick, NCI-FCRDC, USA for the period ending September 1998 and 1999.
  9. Stelleta award for commitment and perseverance during postdoctoral research at the Laboratory of Drug Discovery Research and Development (LDDRD), NCI, NIH, USA.
  10. Chancellor’s award given by the President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  11. Muhit Khan’s award for outstanding result in the B. Pharm. (Hons.) examination.
  12. Fogarty post doctoral fellowship by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work in the NCI’s anti-cancer and anti-HIV drug discovery programs.
  13. Commonwealth Scholarship awarded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities tenable at the University of Strathclyde, U.K. for carrying out research leading to Doctor of Philosophy.
  14. Awarded books by the University of Dhaka for credential results in both B. Pharm. (Hons.) and M. Pharm. examinations.
  15. Also received scholarships at various levels of school, college and university education.