Dr Rahman has been working on numerous medicinal plants from different parts of the world for the isolation and characterization of bio-active metabolites belonging to a variety of chemical classes with potential activities against a series of clinical isolates of multi-drug resistance (MDR) and methicillin resistance Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Some of the compounds isolated and identified by Dr Rahman and his collaborators revealed their potentials as efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs). In order to confirm the structures of the compounds of natural products, Dr Rahman exploits high field NMR (both 1D and 2D) spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. He is also involved in the total synthesis of highly active natural products and their analogues to fit them for SAR study.
Dr Rahman’s research interest also includes ethnopharmacological survey to exploit the indigenous knowledge of traditional practitioners and/or traditional healers in drug discovery by identifying the medicinal plants that are being recommended for the treatment of infectious diseases. His group conducted such an ethnopharmacological survey in Bangladesh. Another similar survey will be carried out in Ghana to identify the medicinal plants that are being recommended by local healers for the treatment of various infections. Dr Rahman is also interested in propolis for anti-infective drug discovery.
Dr Rahman has published over 90 research outputs (citations 3,066; h-index 32; source- Google Scholar) in peer reviewed journals including Q1 and Q2 journals. He presented his research findings at several international research conferences in UK, USA, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Bangladesh and India as invited/ plenary speaker. His research has been included in the AD Scientific Index 2022 and ranked 9th in University of East London. He is currently serving as associate editor of Journal of Herbal Medicine, Frontiers in Pharmacology and topic editor for an issue in Frontiers in Pharmacology. Dr Rahman successfully supervised two PhD projects (one as DoS and another PhD as host supervisor during PhD placement) and two MRes projects to completion on time. He also supervised two postdoctoral fellows and hosted five professional fellows at UEL.
Dr Rahman currently has two PhD students as DoS, one PhD and two MRes students as 2nd supervisor. He is also supervising one postdoctoral fellow and is expecting two more postdoctoral fellows to start shortly.
- Dr Holly Siddique (2016-2019) - Currently working as a postdoc at Royal Botanical Garden Kew
- Jayded Chanda (2016-2020) - Currently working as a research scientist at Royal Botanical Garden Kew
- Miss Oneeza Saleem (2018-2019) - Currently doing PhD
- Mr Rayhan Parvez Currently working as microbiologist in the NHS
- Miss Oneza Saleem - (PhD project as DoS) Started in Feb 2021
- Mr Rexford OSAE-TWUM - (PhD project as DoS) Started in Oct 2021
- Miss Misaki Seto - (PhD project as 2nd supervisor) Started in 2019
- Mr Hamid Kashkooli (MRes project as 2nd supervisor) Viva will take place soon
- Mr Farrukh Makhamadjonov (MRes project as 2nd supervisor) Started in Oct 2021
Postdoctoral and mid-career professional fellows
- Dr Ekramul Haque (2013) - Funded by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Worked at University of Rajshahi (Bangladesh)
- Dr Fakir Shahidullah Tareq (2016) - Funded by Georg Forster Research Fellowship. Currently working as Research Associate at US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) affiliated with University of Maryland
- Dr Rashedul Haque (2017) - Funded by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Currently working as a Professor at University of Dhaka (Bangladesh)
- Dr Sharifur Rahman (2017) - Funded by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Currently working as a Professor at University of Dhaka (Bangladesh)
- Dr Abdul Alim Al-Bari (2017) - Funded by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Currently working as a Professor at University of Rajshahi (Bangladesh)
- Dr Afzal Basha Shaik (2017) - Funded by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Currently working as a Professor at Vignan Pharmacy College (India) Dr Kandarpa Kr. Saikia (2017)- Funded by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Currently working as an Associate Professor at Gauhati University (India)
- Dr Purabi Kaushik (2022) - Current postdoc (funded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research; ICAR)
- Dr Sutopa Das (2022) - This postdoctoral fellow (funded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research; ICAR) is expected to join shortly
- Dr Nikhil Ch. Nath (2022) - This postdoctoral fellow (funded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research; ICAR) is expected to join shortly.
With an international research profile in antimicrobial drug discovery from natural products and collaborations in the UK and abroad, Dr Rahman is working towards the development of an impact case on antimicrobial resistance.