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Saeed Anwar

Scientist in Training

Biotechnologist by education | Writer by passion 

Saeed Anwar is a graduate student in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

Born and raised in Bangladesh, Saeed earned his bachelor's degree in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. From an early stage in his academic career, he immersed himself in diverse research endeavors, honing his expertise in advanced genetic tools and methodologies. Saeed's research interests center on genetic diseases, particularly the genetic and physiological determinants of both rare and common disorders in Bangladesh, including α and ß thalassemia and progeria.

At Shahjalal University, Saeed collaborated with Dr. Mohammad Jakir Hosen and his team on a seminal study investigating the genetic burden of consanguineous marriages within the Bangladeshi population. He also worked with Dr. Md Faruque Miah's team on research that elucidated the genetic epidemiology of α-thalassemia in Bangladesh and proposed a model for newborn screening. Additionally, Saeed conducted pioneering research on the hematological manifestations of the 2017 chikungunya outbreak in Dhaka, providing critical insights into the disease's impact on both adults and children.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Saeed joined Pi Labs Bangladesh Ltd. as a Junior Research Consultant in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. He was instrumental in launching OnnoRokom BigganBaksho, the first children's science learning kit box in Bangladesh, presented in the Bangla language. In Fall 2019, Saeed commenced his graduate studies at the University of Alberta, where his current research focuses on developing genetic therapeutics for complex genetic diseases of the musculoskeletal system under the mentorship of Dr. Toshifumi Yokota.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Saeed is a passionate writer. He has authored several science fiction books and contributed to the editorial teams of prominent Bangladeshi science magazines, including Tesla and BigganSchool. His sci-fi series Robekub-Oronir Aubhijan and Pritthwi, Kriti, O Andagundar Golpo have gained significant traction among children and education experts.


Whenever Robekub finds a quiet path worth walking, he starts walking! He loves walking calmly but think deeply.

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