Dr. Mohammed Mostafa Feeroz is the senior most Professor of the Wildlife Research Group in the Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University. He received National Gold Medal “Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation 2014” for his outstanding contribution to education, research and conservation of wildlife of Bangladesh. He completed his MSc in Wildlife Ecology from Jahangirnagar University in 1989. He was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship for PhD Program in 1995 and obtained his degree in Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1999. Since 2000, he has expanded the wildlife research field in Bangladesh, added two new arenas: wildlife population genetics and transmissible diseases between wildlife and human by developing link programs with the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, USA and the Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan. Prof. Feeroz is awarded NIH (National Institute of Health, USA) Grant and also completed 47 research projects as the Coordinator/Principal Investigator funded by international organizations. He has published 117 research articles in national and international journals and is also the author/co-author of 16 books, and has participated in 35 international symposiums and congresses held in 12 countries. He discovered 7 DNA Haplotypes of Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) of Bangladesh which is the first DNA isolation from any wildlife species of Bangladesh in 2006 and have two patent of Primer for this species in Bangladeshi name. He is the member of “Wildlife Advisory Board”, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Bangladesh, “National Expert Committee” for SRCWP, Tangua Haor and many others. He is also the member of 21 national/international organizations including IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC). He is the “Lead Assessor” of Red List Assessing Group- Mammals, the Red List Updating- Bangladesh by IUCN. He has developed “Fun and Learn” non-formal environmental education training program for school children living in and around the protected areas of Bangladesh. He supervised 145 research theses in M.Sc/M.Phil/Ph.D level on different aspects of wildlife of Bangladesh. He is the founder of the Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) in Jahangirnagar University, the first of its kind in Bangladesh.
RESEARCH INTERESTWildlife ecology, management and conservation; population genetics, bidirectional pathogen transfer