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Academic Biography

Dr Md Nazmul Islam is a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the School of Health & Life Sciences. Prior to starting his academic career at Teesside, Nazmul was a Postdoctoral research associate at the Dept. of Bioengineering, Imperial College London between 2018 and 2020. At Imperial, Nazmul worked on a cancer research UK grant to develop screening tools for prostate cancer based on electrochemical detection of miRNA biomarkers. Previously, he completed his PhD on analytical biochemistry at Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, Australia. His research interest lies in the development of biosensor- based novel diagnostic technologies for detecting clinically relevant disease biomarkers. 

As an early career academic, Dr Islam has a track record with a total of 25 articles published in leading scientific journals including Small, Nanoscale, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Communications, Lab on a Chip,  Biosensors and Bioelectronics, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Small Methods, etc. These articles have been cited more than 1200 times leading to an H-index of 20.

Nazmul's research publications can be found on google scholar.

Summary of Research Interests

Dr. Islam's research mainly focuses on developing novel biosensor based platforms for personalised diagnostics of diseases.  Briefly, this includes (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Low-cost diagnostics for various biomedical applications
  • Paper-based liquid biopsy test for diseases
  • Lab-on-a-chip microfluidic platform integrated with smart detection methods (e.g., electrochemical and optical readouts) and bioassays (e.g., immunoassays, nucleic acid analysis, cytometry).
  • Wearable/flexible electrochemical sensors

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Dr Islam is currently teaching various modules spanning both disciplines of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences:

  • Chemical & Biochemical Reactivity (Yr1), Module leader
  • Biosensor & Bioelectronics (Yr1), Module leader
  • Biochemistry & Chemical Science (Yr1)
  • Clinical Biochemistry (Yr3)
  • Clinical Pharmacology (Yr2)
  • Clinical Biochemistry & Diagnostic Techniques (MSc)

PhD and Research Opportunities

There is currently no funded PhD position available, however, if you’re interested in applying for an internal or external scholarship (e.g, commonwealth scholarship) and you are looking for a host, please contact Nazmul via email.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Member of Royal Society of Chemistry, MRSC
  • Member of American Association for cancer research, AACR
  • Member of the Electrochemical Society (ECS)
  • Member of Cancer Epigenetics Society

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Griffith University Queensland

Master, Jahangirnagar University

External positions

Guest Editor , Sensors, MDPI

2020 → …

Guest Editor, Micromachines, MDPI

2019 → …

Postdoctoral Research Associate , Imperial College London


Research Assistant, Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre


Research Assistant, University of Queensland


Research Assistant, Universiti Sains Malaysia


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Research Output

Naked-eye and electrochemical detection of isothermally amplified HOTAIR long non-coding RNA

Islam, M. N., Moriam, S., Umer, M., Phan, H-P., Salomon, C., Kline, R., Nguyen, N-T. & Shiddiky, M. J. A., 23 Mar 2018, In : Analyst. 143, 13, p. 3021-3028

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Biological Functions and Current Advances in Isolation and Detection Strategies for Exosome Nanovesicles

    Boriachek, K., Islam, M. N., Moller, A., Salomon, C., Nguyen, N-T., Hossain, M. S. A., Yamauchi, Y. & Shiddiky, M. J. A., 28 Feb 2018, In : Small. 14, 6

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Circulating tumor DNA and liquid biopsy: opportunities, challenges, and recent advances in detection technologies.

    Gorgannezhad, L., Umer, M., Islam, M. N., Nguyen, N-T. & Shiddiky, M. J. A., 13 Mar 2018, In : Lab on a Chip. 18, p. 1174-1176

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Gold-Loaded Nanoporous Ferric Oxide Nanocubes with Peroxidase-Mimicking Activity for Electrocatalytic and Colorimetric Detection of Autoantibody

    Masud, M. K., Yadav, S., Islam, M. N., Nguyen, N-T., Salomon, C., Almari, H. R., Alothman, Z. A., Yamauchi, Y., Hossain, M. S. A. & Shiddiky, M. J. A., 11 Sep 2017, In : Analytical Chemistry. 89, 20, p. 11005-11013 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Gold-loaded nanoporous ferric oxide nanocubes for electrocatalytic detection of microRNA at attomolar level.

    Islam, M. N., Masud, M. K., Nguyen, N-T., Gopalan, V., Alamri, H. R., Alothman, Z. A., Hossain, M. S. A., Yamauchi, Y., Lamd, A. K. & Shiddiky, M. J. A., 15 Mar 2018, In : Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 101, p. 275-281

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle