After completing his master’s degree in Microbiology, Belal started his career as a clinical and diagnostic microbiologist at Dhaka Children hospital, Bangladesh. He was involved with the surveillance study of molecular epidemiology of infectious disease along with public health. He has training on bioinformatics and sequencing from Oxford University and developed pathogen detection system for culture negative meningitis disease. He also contributed in generating serotype distribution data of pneumococcal disease which helped in pneumococcal vaccine formulation for the developing countries. The outcome of his contribution in clinical microbiology directly influenced treatment policy for South Asian countries. He coordinated clinical projects and laboratory activities in the network of four hospitals in Bangladesh funded by WHO. He contributed in development of laboratory setup, data management system, study design and protocol for “Aetiology of Neonatal Infection in South Asia” funded by BMGF. After moving to Canada in 2015, he involved himself with water research at UBCO. He also has the experience of working in the Cannabis industry. As a microbiologist at THC biomed he was responsible for the quality control of propagation, production, distribution, packaging and laboratory analysis of medical marijuana. He is the author of 17 peer reviewed scientific publications to date.

  • ACADEMIC BACKGROUND: B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Microbiology
  • FUN STUFF: Music, Theatre, Scouting, Camping, Hiking, Cricket, Travelling.
  • INTERESTING FACT: Event organizer and amateur photographer. Love to spend leisure time on designing artworks for brochures and flyers.
  • FAVORITE SCIENTIFIC PAPER: Correction of a pathogenic gene mutation in human embryos (Hong Ma et al, Nature 2017)