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Dr Mahbub M Rahman

Telephone +61 8 8313 7270
Position Postdoctoral Fellow
Fax +61 8 8313 7109
Mobile +61 4 0510 4298
Building Waite Building
Floor/Room 1 11b
Campus Waite
Org Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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Biography/ Background

Dr Mahbub Rahman moved to Australia from Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2001to pursue his  higher study and currently working as Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Principle Investigator on Cotton Research and Development Institute (CRDC) funded project on Molecular Ecology and Genetics at the Waite Research Institute, The University of Adelaide, Australia. Dr Mahbub research focuses are (i) Investigating the potential of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crystal toxins (Cry-proteins): South Asian Perspective; (ii) Genetically modified insect resistance Bt cotton and vegetable crops: significance, mechanism and management strategies, (iii) Genetic and epigenetic tolerance to Bt cry-toxins and synthetic insecticides in Lepidopteran insects, and insect vector (mosquito) of diseases.

Dr Mahbub Rahman presented highly original and significant works in insect immunology in his PhD project "Inducible tolerance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)  endotoxins based on cell-free immune reactions", where he focused on an entirely new direction in the broad field invertebrate immunology and toxicology that lead to several publications in some prestigious international journals including one in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Dr Mahbub RahmanI is one of the few research students at the University of Adelaide who have obtained PhD award in two years.

Dr Mahbub Rahman extended his collaboration with national and international researchers in Australia, USA and Europe; who are world leaders in their respective field. His current aims are to establish collaborative research projects on insects resistant Bt cotton and vegetable crops with leading research teams in South and South East Asian countries (i) to minimise the harmful impacts of synthetic chemical pesticides to environment and human health, and (ii) to elevate poverty by improving crop production through environmentally friendly high yeild insect resistant Bt transgenic crops.   




Doctor of Philosophy, Insect Molecular Biology, The University of Adelaide, Australia, 2004-2006.

Master of Science in Zoology with specialization in Entomology (1st Class), Dhaka University, Bangladesh, 1997-1999.

Bachelor of Science (Honours, 1st Class) in Zoology, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, 1995-1996.

Bachelor of Science in Zoology with Biochemistry & Botany, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, 1992-1994.


Research Interests

Genetics, Molecular Biology and Ecology, Immunology, Integrated Pest Management for agricultural and vector insect pests, Quarantine Entomology, and Molecular Biology and Epidemiology of mosquito vectors of malaria and dengue fever.

Research Funding

Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), Govenment of Australia; Australian Research Council (ARC), Government of Australia; Grain Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Govenment of Australia; Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), Govenment of Australia; DuPont Australia Ltd; Syngenta Crop Protection Pty Ltd; and Dow AgroSciences Australia Ltd.


Rahman, M. M., Roush, R. T. and Whitehouse, M.E.A. (1014). Tolerance to Bt toxins in Helicoverpa species. The 17th Australian Cotton Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 5th-7th August 2014

Whitehouse, M.E.A., Walsh, T, Tay, W. and Rahman, M. M. (2014). Relevance of Helicoverpa emerging from Bt cotton crops. The 17th Australian Cotton Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 5th-7th August 2014.

Ma, G., Rahman, M. M., Grant, W., Schmidt, O. and Asgari, S. (2012). Insect tolerance to the  crystal toxins Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab is mediated by the binding of monomeric toxin to lipophorin glycolipids causing oligomerization and sequestration reactions, Developmental and Comparative Immunology 37:184-192 (Impact Factor in 2011: 3.293, 5-year Impact Factor: 3.243). 

Rahman, M. M., Glatz, R., Roush, R. T., and Schmidt, O. (2011). Developmental penalties associated with inducible tolerance in Helicoverpa  armigera to insecticidal toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77: 1443-1448 (Impact Factor in 2009: 3.689, 5-year Impact Factor-4.516).  

Batta, Y., Rahman, M. M., Powis, K. J.,  Baker, G. and Schmidt, O. (2011). Formulation and application of the entomopathogenic fungus: Zoophthora radicans (Brefeld) Batko (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales). Jurnal of Applied Microbiology 110: 831-839 (Impact Factor in 2009: 2.098, 5-year Impact Factor 2.681). 

Batta, Y, Rahman, M. M., Powis, K., Baker, G., Schmidt, O. (2010). Investigations into the development of cross-tolerance in the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella L., Yponomeutidae: Lepidoptera) to the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana (Bal.) Vuillemin (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes) and the toxin Dipel®of Bacillus thuringiensis. Trends in Entomology 6: 15-21. 

Rahman, M. M., Baker, G., Powis, K. J., Roush, R. T. and Schmidt, O. (2010). Induction and transmission of tolerance to a synthetic pesticide emamectin benzoate in field and laboratory populations of diamondback moth Putella xylostella. Journal of Economic Entomology 103(4):1347-1354, (Impact Factor in 2009:1.296, 5-year Impact Factor-1.577).  

Sarjan, M., Ma, G., Rahman, M. M. and Schmidt, O. (2009). Resistance against Bacillus thuringiensis Endotoxins in a laboratory population of Helicoverpa armigera is based on an elevated immune status. Indonesian Journal of Basic Science 10: 77-84.

Rahman, M.M., Akter, K. F., Naidu, R.  and Schmidt, O. (2009). Arsenic interactions with lipid particles containing iron. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 31:201-206, (Impact Factor in 2009: 1.622, 5-year Impact Factor-1.885).  

Rahman, M.M., Powis, K. J. and Baker, G. (2008). Insecticide resistance testing program for diamondback moth Plutella xylostella for 2006-07 (South Australian Research and Development Institute), pp. 1- 14.

Rahman, M. M. & Schmidt O. (2008). A genetic analysis of phenotypic plasticity and inducible tolerance to pesticides and pathogens. In 'Insect Immunology'. (Ed. NE Beckage). (Elsevier/Academic Press: San Diego)

Rahman, M.M., Roberts, H.L.S. and Schmidt, O. (2007). Tolerance to Bacillus  thuringiensis endotoxin in immune-suppressed larvae of the flour moth Ephestia kuehniella. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 96: 125-132, (Impact Factor-1.807 in 2009, 5-year Impact Factor-1.815).  

Rahman, M.M., Roberts, H.L.S.and Schmidt, O. (2007). Factors affecting growth in the koinobiont endoparasitoid Venturia canescens in the flour moth Ephestia kuehniella. Journal of Insect Physiology 53: 463-467, (Impact Factor-2.235 in 2009, 5-year Impact Factor-2.363).  

Rahman, M.M., Ma, G., Roberts, H.L.S. and Schmidt, O. (2006). Cell-free immune reactions in insects. Journal of Insect Physiology 52:754-762, (Impact Factor-2.235 in 2009, 5-year Impact Factor-2.363).  

Schmidt, O., Rahman, M.M., Ma, G., Theopold, U., Sun, Y., Sarjan, M., Fabbri, M. and Roberts, H.L.S. (2005). Mode of action of antimicrobial proteins, pore-forming toxins and biologically active peptides (Hypothesis). Invertebrate Survival Journal 2: 82-90.

Rahman, M.M., Roberts, H.L.S., Sarjan, M., Asgari, S and Schmidt, O. (2004). Induction and transmission of Bacillus thuringiensis tolerance in the flour moth Ephestia kuehniella. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 101(9): 2696-2699, (Impact Factor-14.49 in 2004).

Rahman, M.M., Roberts, H.L.S.and Schmidt, O. (2004). The development of the endoparasitoid Venturia canescens in Bt-tolerant, immune induced larvae of the flour moth Ephestia kuehniella. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 87: 129-131, (Impact Factor-1.807 in 2009, 5-year Impact Factor-1.815).  

Hossain, M.I., Rahman, M.M., Ameen, M. and Rashid, M. (2002). Evaluation of Azadirachta  indica extracts against Culex quinquefasciatus larvae from  Urban Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dhaka University Journal of Biological Science 11(1):  9-15.

Rahman, M.M., Hossain, M.I., and Ameen, M. (2001) Evaluation of neem oil,    seed and seed cake extracts against Culex quinquefasciatus Say larvae of Dhaka City. Bangladesh Journal of Zoology 29(1): 29-36. 

Aslam, A.F.M., Ahmed, M. and Rahman, M.M. (2000). The breeding of the Giant African Snail Achatina fulica Bowditch in some tea estates of Moulvibazar, Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Zoology 28(2): 193-195.

Note: 5-year Medium Impact Factor for Entomology Journals:0.891




Professional Associations

Australian Entomological Society

Community Engagement

 Vice President, Bangladesh Australian Society of South Australia, Year 2008-10

Entry last updated: Monday, 15 Aug 2016

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