Dr. Shahina Akhter

Dr. Shahina Akhter

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Email: shahinabtge.med@ustc.ac.bd


“I am Dr. Shahina Akhter working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) from October, 2019 to till now. I joined as a Senior Lecturer in this department on January, 2019.

Apart from academia and research, I am working as a coordinator in IQAC of USTC to supervise post self-assessment improvement plan (PSAIP) and outcome-based curriculum; research coordinator in the USTC Research Cell (URC) to arrange conference/scientific seminar/research grant award ceremony, meeting with faculties of different departments to evaluate the progress on internal and external research funds and convincing them to pursue research-based education, training, and foreign degrees. I have done a few MoU with different universities/institutes (National Institute of Biotechnology, NIB).

I am also coordinator of 5th semester, curriculum reviewer, and project reviewer at my department. I am a member of the female hall management committee, and president of the Bioinformatics Club.

I am a member of some professional and learned societies:

1. Life member of International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, International Secretariat, 555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100 Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823, USA. https://www.movementdisorders.org/MDS.htm
2. Bangladesh Association of Biotechnology Graduates (BABG).
3. Editor-in-chief of Scientia Hub magazine of USTC

1. Member, Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), USTC
2. Research coordinator, USTC Research Cell (URC)
3. Coordinator, Outcome Based Education (OBE), USTC
4. Editor in Chief, Scientia Hub magazine, DBB, USTC
5. Chainman, Bioinformatics Club, DBB, USTC
6. Member, Gul Meher Hall Management Committee, USTC “


  • Sep 2009 to Aug 2013:
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (BK21 Scholar)
    Medical Science
    Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, South Korea.
  • July 2003 to June 2004:(Exam held in 2007) Master of Science (MSc. Thesis) Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Islamic University, Kushtia-7003, Bangladesh.
  • July 1999 to June 2003: (Exam held in 2005) Bachelor of Science (BSc. Honors) Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Islamic University, Kushtia-7003, Bangladesh.
  • 1996 to 1997: Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Science
    Khulna Govt. Girls’ College, Khulna, Bangladesh.
  • 1991 to 1995: Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Science
    Shaheed Smrity Girls’ High School, Khulna, Bangladesh. 

Program Affiliated

  • BSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Areas of Interest

  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Bioinformatics, Biotechnology
  • Natural Products
  • Stem Cell and Cancer.

Courses Taught

  • Biophysical Chemistry-I 2nd
  • Basic Microbiology
  • Microbiology Laboratory (Labworks/practical)
  • Enzymology-I
  • Metabolism–Ia
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Metabolism-Ib
  • Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Cell Biology-I
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Cell Biology-II
  • Genetic Engineering-II

Journals & Articles

  • Shahina Akhter, Md. Abdullah Al-Noman, Shapla Khatun, Rahat Alam, Enamul Kabir Talukder, Raihan Rahman Imon, Mehede Hasan Shetu, Yaman Biswas, Mohammad Jashim Uddin, Md. Ziaul Amin and Md. Mashiar Rahman. Evaluation of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, toxicity and phytochemicals of crude extract and in silico molecular functions, pharmacokinetics and drugable properties of phytochemicals of Senna tora (L.) Roxb. leaves. Submitted to Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences 2021.
  • Mashiar Rahman, Md. Abdullah AL Noman, Md. Walid Hossain, Rahat Alam, Selena Akter, Md Masnoon Kabir, Mohammad Jashim Uddin, Md. Ziaul Amin, H. M. Syfuddin, Shahina Akhter and Tomasz M. Karpinski. Curcuma longa L. prevents the loss of β-Tubulin in the brain and maintains healthy aging in Drosophila melanogaster. Molecular Neurobiology 2021.
  • Shahina Akhter, Md. Walid Hossain, Sharmin Sultana, Zannatul Ferdous Jharna, Nigar Sultana Meghla, Rahat Alam, K. M. Anis-Ul-Haque and Md. Mashiar Rahman. Ruellia prostrata Poir. activity evaluated by phytoconstituents, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial activity, and in silico molecular functions. Journal of Saudi Chemical Society 2021.
  • Rahat Alam, Raihan Rahman Imon, Md. Enamul Kabir Talukdar, Shahina Akhter, Md. Alam Hossain, Foysal Ahammad and Md. Mashiar Rahman. GC-MS analysis of phytoconstituents from Ruellia prostrata and Senna tora and identification of potential anti-viral activity against SARS-CoV-2. Royal society of chemistry 2021.
  • Foysal Ahammad, Rahat Alam, Rasel Mahmud, Shahina Akhter, Enamul Kabir Talukder, Al Mahmud Tonmoy, Salman Fahim, Khalid Al-Ghamdi, Abdus Samad and Ishtiaq Qadri. Pharmacoinformatics and molecular dynamics simulation-based phytochemical screening of neem plant (Azadiractha indica) against human cancer by targeting MCM7 protein. Briefings in Bioinformatics 2021; 22(5): 1–15, IF 11.62.
  • Masnoon Kabir, Md. Abdullah AL-Noman, Biplab Kumar Dash, Md. Mahmudul Hasan, Shahina Akhter and Md. Mashiar Rahman. Trema orientalis (Linn.) leaves promotes anticancer activity in Ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC) in Swiss albino mice. Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology 2019; 31(2). Scopus, Pubmed and ISI Web of Science Indexed
  • Mashiar Rahman, Md. Masnoon Kabir, Md. Abdullah AL Noman, Md. Rakibul Islam, Biplab Kumar Dash, Shahina Akhter, Mohammad Jashim Uddin, Atiqur Rahman. Mikania cordata leaves extract promotes activity against pathogenic bacteria and anticancer activity in EAC cell-bearing Swiss albino mice. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science 2019. Scopus and ISI Web of Science Indexed.
  • Shahina Akhter, Md. Mashiar Rahman, Hyun Seo Lee, Hyeon-Jin Kim and Seong-Tshool Hong. Dynamic roles of mouse angiopoietin-like proteins 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 in the survival and enhancement of ex vivo expansion of murine bone-marrow hematopoietic stem cells. Protein & Cell 2013; 4(3): 220-230. Clarivate Analytics, IF 14.870.
  • Gopal Panthia, Ayman Yousef, Nasser A. M. Barakat, Khalil Abdelrazek Khalile, Shahina Akhter, Yu Ri Choi, Hak Yong Kim. Mn2O3/TiO2 nanofibers with broad-spectrum antibiotics effect and photocatalytic activity for preliminary stage of water desalination. Ceramics International 2013; 39(3): 2239-2246. Clarivate Analytics, IF 4.527.
    Md. Mashiar Rahman, Shahina Akhter, Dipendra Raj Pandeya, Roshan D’Souza, Seong-Tshool Hong. Large-Scale Production of Highly Active Recombinant Omi from Escherichia coli Expressed Soluble Protein Aggregates. Biomedical Research 2012; 23(2): 183-190. Clarivate Analytics, IF 0.219.
  • Dipendra Raj Pandeya, Roshan D’Souza, Md. Mashiar Rahman, Shahina Akhter, Hyeon-Jin Kim, Seong-Tshool Hong. Host-Microbial Interaction in the Mammalian Intestine and Their Metabolic Role Inside. Biomedical Research 2012; 23(1): 9-21. Clarivate Analytics, IF 0.219.
    MM Rahman, MM Rahman, S. Akhter, M AHM Jamal, DR Pandeya, MA Haque, MF Alam, A Rahman. Control of coliform bacteria detected from diarrhea associated patients by extracts of Moringa oleifera. Nepal Medical College Journal 2010; 12(1): 12-19. Pubmed Indexed.
  • A. Hossain, N. Islam, S. Akhter, H. M. Faruqee and M. A. S. Miah. Molecular Characterization of Six Sugarcane Varieties Using Microsatellite Markers. Bangladesh Journal of Sugarcane 2008; 30: 1-6.
  • A. Hossain, N. Islam, S. Akhter and H. M. Faruqee. Genetic diversity of six sugarcane varieties based on SSR markers. Pakistan Sugar Journal 2008; 23(4): 13-20.


  • Akhter, M.M. Rahman, M.M. Islam, M.S. Kim, H.J. S.T. Hong. Identification of the disease-associated prion protein degrading enzyme in vivo. Movement Disorders 2014; 29 (Suppl 1): 2. Clarivate Analytics, Impact Factor 8.324.
  • M. Rahman, S. Akhter, M.S. Islam H.J. Kim and S.T. Hong. Omi-mediated detoxification of α-synuclein-induced neurotoxicity in a Drosophila model of Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders 2013; 28 (Supp 1): S414. Clarivate Analytics, IF 8.324.
  • Akhter, M.M. Rahman, M.S. Islam, M.A. Razzak, H.J. Kim and S.T. Hong. Mammalian HtrA2 functions to protect α-synuclein-induced prion protein deposition in mice. Movement Disorders 2013; 28 (Supp 1): S415. Clarivate Analytics, IF 8.324.
  • M. Rahman, M.L. Liu, S. Akhter, H.J Kim and S.T. Hong. The evolutionarily conserved function of HtrA2 in mice prevents neurodegeneration by oligomeric α-synuclein. Movement Disorders 2012; 27 (Suppl 1): S64. Clarivate Analytics, IF 8.324.


  • Akhter and S.T. Hong. Mammalian HtrA2 functions to protect α-synuclein-induced prion protein deposition in mice. 17th International Congress of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders. June 16-20, 2013. The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.
  • Akhter and S.T. Hong. Identification of a prion degradation enzyme. Conference on “Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology”. January 15-17, 2014. Jeongseon, South Korea.