Food Engineering & Tea Technology

    Faculty Profile

    Dr G M Rabiul Islam


    Contact Information:

    • Office Address: Academic building E- Building, Level 3, Room # 322 B, Department of Food Engineering & Tea Technology, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sylhet 3114, Bangladesh
    • Phone: 880-821-713491, 714479, 713850, 717850, 716123, 715393. Ext 2603, Cell: 008801787323944
    • Email:,


    Dr. G.M. Rabiul Islam received his PhD from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan under the Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship program. Mr. Islam has also received a MSc in Nutrition and Rural Development (Main Subject: Human Nutrition) from Ghent University, Belgium under the VLIR scholarship program. Prior to that, Mr. Islam completed BSc in Agriculture from Agro-technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.
    Mr. Islam was appointed as a lecturer in 2004 at the Department of Food Engineering and Tea Technology SUST) then promoted to Assistant Professor in 2007, Associate Professor in 2013 and Professor in 2019. Mr. Islam has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in highly cited journals and conference proceedings as well as orally presenting many technical papers at different seminars, symposiums and round table discussions both home and aboard. Among his presentations the notable one was at the workshop on Food Safety in South Asia: Situation Analysis, Challenges, and Way-Forward” organized by SAARC Human Resource Development Center (SHRDC), at New Delhi where Mr. Islam delivered a key note address as a resource person for the workshop (
    Mr. Islam has also received extensive training both in home and abroad by highly skilled and well renowned professionals of different institutions in the area of food safety e.g., ISO 9001, EMS 14001, OSHAS 18001, ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, BRC Global Standard for Food safety, Issue-6, Organic Product certification, HACCP, GMP, GCP, Cosmetics-Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP): ISO 22716, PAS 220/223.
    Mr. Islam’s research interest is broadly focused on food and nutritional safety and security as well responses to prospective solutions at the population level in developing countries by cost effective mode. Mr. Islam’s approach is aimed at untying the riddle of inequity and inefficiency in food consumption and health care system. His expertise also includes the functioning of various public health programs from economic, clinical and socio-cultural perspectives. He also contributes to the decision making process for the development of pragmatic food safety, nutrition and public health program, thereby optimizing resource utilization for better health. Consequently, Mr. Islam likes to explore model construction to facilitate empirical evaluation of big data.


    • PhD (2014-2018) in Public Health (Major: Health Care Economics), Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
    • MSc (2008-2010) in Nutritional and Rural Development (Man Subject: Human Nutrition), Ghent University, Belgium
    • BSc in Agriculture (1997-2001) from Agro-technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh

    Research Interests:

    • Food and nutritional safety and security as well as the prospective solutions in response to the rising the population levels
    • Participation in decision making process to develop pragmatic andcost effective food safety, public health and clinical support program
    • Chemical hazard and food safety
    • Nutritional requirements of children and pregnant women
    • Food policy
    • Consumer behaviour
    • Nutritional disorders
    • Epidemiology and public health
    • Health care economics

    Active Research Project

    1. Food consumption habit- to ascertain the causality of pandemic disease development and its prospective solutions at the population level in Southeast Asia

    Previous Research Project

    1. Fresh water prawn farmers’ attitude towards feed adaptability and position in the supply chain (2013-2014). Funded by Infrastructural Development & Research Strengthening of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, Ministry of Fisheries and livestock, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
    2. Role of corporate in environmentalmmanagement for food and product safety in Bangladesh (2013-2014). Funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
    3. Consumption of unsafe foods in tannery campus and Buriganga River embank at Dhaka: heavy metal, mineral and trace element contamination (2012-2013). Funded by Shahjalal University of Science and Technology research centre

    External Affiliations:

    • Member, International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research (ISPORE), USA
    • Member, Belgian Nutritional Society
    • Member, The Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition, Bangladesh (CSA for SUN, BD)
    • Botanical Society of Bangladesh
    • Life Member, Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS)

    Awards & Recognition:

    • VLIR-UOS Masters Scholarship (2008-2010) at Ghent University, Belgium (VLIR-UOS supports partnerships between universities and university colleges in Flanders and the South looking for innovative responses to global and local challenges)
    • MEXT Scholarship (for PhD study at Japan)

    Journal Publications

    1. Islam G.M. R., Igarashi I, & Kawabuchi K (2018). Inequality and Mothers Age as Determinants of Breastfeeding Continuation in Bangladesh, Tohoku J. Exp. Med., 246 (15-25) ( PubMed impact factor 1.42)
    2. Islam, G. M. R, Akter, S. S., & Hoque, M. M. (2018). Traditional foods for health: in vitro screening for antioxidant capacity of popular traditional tribal foods in the Sylhet territory in Bangladesh-focusing on total phenolic and tannin contents. Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization, 12(3), 2087-2093. (Springer: Impact factor 1.18)
    3. Islam, G.M.R. (2017) The risk of developing cardiovascular disease in Bangladesh: does diabetes mellitus matter Which socioeconomic status does it impact A cross sectional study. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, 11(1), pp.45-53. (Elsevier, Impact factor: 3.263).
    4. Islam, G.M.R., Mohammad R. H., Jillian L. Waid, M. Safiur Rahman, J. Kabir, S. Akter, and Y. N. Jolly (2017). Heavy metal contamination of freshwater prawn (Macrobrachiumrosenbergii) and prawn feed in Bangladesh: A market-based study to highlight probable health risks. Chemosphere, 170: 282-289. (Elsevier, Impact factor: 4.56).
    5. Bhattacharjee, S. &IslamG. M. R. (2015). Seaweed Antioxidants as Novel Ingredients for Better Health and Food Quality: Bangladesh Prospective.Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, 51 (3):215–233
    6. Islam, G. M. R., Nabi, M. I., Hoque, M. M. & Yusuf, A. (2014). Caffeine, polyphenol and crude fat contents in tea varieties available in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Botany, 42(2): 321-325
    7. Monalisa, K, Hoque, M.M.&Islam G.M.R. (2014).Inference of Zn in Enormity of the public health.Journal of Food Science and Engineering, 4: 55-70
    8. F. E. Khan, Jolly Y.N. Y.N. Jolly, Islam G. M. R., Akhter S. & kabir, J. (2014). Contamination status and health risk assessment of trace elements via dietary intake of foodstuffs collected from the adjacent area of tannery campus and the Buriganga river embank International Journal of Food Contamination,1(1):1-8 [Springer]
    9. G.M.R. Islam, Khan, F.E., Hoque, M.M. & Jolly, Y.N. (2014). Consumption of unsafe food in the adjacent area of Hazaribag tannery campus and Buriganga River embank of Bangladesh: heavy metal contamination. Environmental monitoring and Assessment, 186(11): 7233-44 [Springer]
    10. Islam, G. M. R, Uddin, G M., Mahfuzur Rahman, M.M. & Yousuf, A. (2013). Caffeine and total polyphenol contents of market tea cultivated and processed in Bangladesh. Malaysian journal of nutrition, 19(1): 143-147 [PubMEd]
    11. Islam G.M.R.& Hoque, M.M. (2013).Food safety regulation in Bangladesh, chemical hazard and some perception to overcome the dilemma. International Food Research Journal, 20(1): 1817-1828
    12. Islam G.M.R., Alam, M.J. & Buysse,J.(2013). Does the use of a questionnaire on non-cereal food consumption is reliable and valid to measure household food insecurity: experience and understanding from thr chronically poverty prone region in Bangladesh. International Food Research Journal,20(3): 1435-1442
    13. Islam,G.M.R.& Buysse,. J.(2012). Food insecurity and nutritional outcome in children and mothers of Bangladesh and some perceptions to overcome malnutrition. International Journal of Public Health Research,2 (1): 101-114
    14. Islam,G.M.R., Alam M.J.&Buysse,J.(2012). Non-cereal food consumption, food insecurity and nutritional status of children and mothers: a case study in Bangladesh. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 18:(1) 77-88 [PubMed]
    15. Islam, G.M.R.&Alam, M.J.B. (2006). NOx removal from air by Nitrosomonas europaea. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, 40 (4) : 249-256
    16. Uddin, M. J., Sarker,M. L., Ahmed,I. M., & Islam, G.M.R.(2005). Effect of Irrigation on the yield of Tea.Progressive agriculture, 16 (2): 229-233
    17. Ahmad, I., Hossain, M.,G.M.R. Islam.,S.K.M.Billah,& Y. Kabir. (2005). Genetic Variability and correlation studies in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.,). Int. J. Sustain. Agril Tech,1 (4):30-34
    18. Islam G.M. R.,Iqbal, M., Quddus,K.G. & Ali, M.Y. (2005).Present status and future needs of tea industry in Bangladesh. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences,42(4) :305-314
    19. Islam, M.S., Sarkar, K., Islam, G.M.R.,Islam, A.K.M.S, Afroz,S. &Karim, D.(2003) Effect of Vegetable Protein on the Production Performance of Laying Ducks. Khulna University Studies, 4 (1): 649-65

    Conference Proceedings

    1. “Food Safety in Bangladesh: Situation Analysis, Challenges, and Way-Forward” was presented in the workshop on Food Safety in South Asia: Situation Analysis, Challenges, and Way-Forward” organized by SAARC Human Resource Development Center [SHRDC], Islamabad- Pakistan-a three days [June 20-22, 2014] workshop in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi, India (


    • Food marketing and consumer behavior
    • Food safety and quality control
    • Biochemistry and human nutrition
    • Food chemistry
    • Functional food
    • Biostatistics