Firdausi Qadri

Bio:Dr. Firdausi Qadri is the Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Her activities involve work on infectious diseases and vaccines over the last 25 years. Her work is carried out in collaboration with international and national organizations in related topics. She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool in 1980. Dr. Firdausi Qadri joined icddr,b in 1988 and is currently Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences of icddr,b. She also has inspired many young scientists through her teaching. Her penchant for teaching can be seen in her lab, where students from both local and international universities, join her team as interns. She and her team's significant contribution to international scientific research on diarrhoeal diseases; particularly in the case of the bacterial diarrhoea such as Vibrio cholerae, ETEC, Helicobacter pylori and Salmonella Typhi, all of which are very common in children but also adults in developing countries. She is currently carrying out a large feasibility study for introducing cholera vaccine in high risk people in the country. She has published over 219 papers in peer reviewed journals. Her passion in life is to improve biomedical sciences in Bangladesh through development of researchers and scientists and of institutions.

Research Areas: Vaccines, Cholera, Typhoid, Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli diarrhea, Enteric fever, T and B cell Immune responses, Helicobacter pylori, S. Typhi, Mucosal immune responses, Diagnosis of enteric infection, Immunization of animals

Award and honours:

2006 Gold Medal for outstanding research in Biological Sciences for 2006 by the Bangladesh Academy of Science
2006 Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA), USA
2010 Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
2010 Moselio Schaechter Award for scientific achievement by the American
Society of Microbiologists
2012 Elected Fellow of the Academy of Developing world (TWAS)
2012 Christophe & Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation Grand Prize, from the French Academy of Sciences
2012 Ambassador of American Society for Microbiology (ASM) for Bangladesh
2013 Prof. C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research from TWAS.
2013 Honorary international Fellow of ASTMH
Address:International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICDDR,B)
BD - Bangladesh

Last update: Friday, December 2, 2011
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