Global Approach to Biological Research, Infectious diseases and Epidemics in Low-income countries

International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (icddr,b), Dhaka (Bangladesh)


icddr,b is an international health and population research and training institution. In collaboration with partners from academic and research institutions throughout the world, the Centre carries out research and training, and provides clinical services to thousands of needy patients. The Centre works to prevent and control the major infectious diseases of Bangladesh and other developing countries, with particular emphasis on epidemiology, clinical and laboratory research, and vaccine evaluation. The Centre has both national and international staff, including public health scientists, laboratory scientists, clinicians, nutritionists, epidemiologists, demographers, social and behavioural scientists, IT professionals, and experts in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, vaccine sciences, etc.

The Mycobacteriology Laboratory is one of the ten research units of icddr,b. The laboratory is equipped with precision instruments for carrying out various research projects on the diagnosis of tuberculosis, as well as on the molecular biology, immunology, and molecular epidemiology of this disease. The Mycobacteriology Laboratory is equipped with a BSL II facility that is placed under continuous negative pressure. This facility has four class II biosafety cabinets designed to process biological samples and maintain sterile conditions for growing cultures and applying advanced techniques. The main Lab (also a BSL II lab) is situated adjacent to the BSL II facility. It comprises a separate media preparation room, a tissue culture room, a pre-PCR room, PCR room, a post-PCR room, a wash room and several work benches for experiments. The computers are connected to ELISA Readers and gel documentation systems, and are used for word processing and data analyses. They are also connected to a Centre-wide computer network that provides access to high-speed internet and data processing programs. Recently, a bio-safety level III TB laboratory (measuring 1,000 square feet and capable of evaluating over 10,000 specimens per year) has been set up in the icddr,b.

Main missions and objectives

The research of Mycobacteriology Laboratory focuses on the estimation of the burden of tuberculosis and leprosy, the development and evaluation of rapid methods for the detection of tuberculosis and anti-TB drug resistance, and identification of cost-effective intervention strategies for disease prevention and control in high risk settings, and drug resistance surveillance.

Main skills

Tuberculosis diagnosis, surveillance, drug resistance, epidemiology, genotyping, transmission, control and prevention, etc.

Contact information

Sayera Banu MBBS, MS, PhD
Senior Scientist
Tuberculosis and Leprosy Research Group
Centre for Communicable Diseases, icddr,b
68, Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Sarani, Mohakhali
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Phone: 880-2-9827001-10 Ext: 3480
Direct Phone: 880-2-9827036
Fax: 880-2-9827062

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