Extremophiles and Biotechnology

PhD Dissertation - Nafisa Azmuda

Microbial diversity in tropical aquatic environments

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Nafisa Azmuda has defended her PhD thesis "Diversity and survival of Escherichia coli and Shigella-like bacteria in the aquatic environments of Bangladesh " at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and was awarded the PhD degree on September 5, 2013. Dr. Azmuda has been enrolled as PhD student in a University of Bergen/University of Dhaka sandwich model as part of the NUFU-funded project "Assessment of microbial pollution and diversity of Escherichia coli and Shigella in freshwater resources in Bangladesh". Part of her thesis work has been done during her frequent visits to Bergen, and has so far resulted in several publications, e.g.: "Serological Cross-Reaction Between O-Antigens of Shigella dysenteriae Type 4 and an Environmental Escherichia albertii Isolate", "Evidence of interspecies O antigen gene cluster transfer between Shigella boydii 15 and Escherichia fergusonii", and "Prevalence of a novel division-level bacterial lineage in Lake Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh, as revealed by deep sequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons" She is now working as Lecturer at Department of Microbiology, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Supervisors: Prof. Sirajul Islam Khan (UoD) and Prof. Nils-Kåre Birkeland (UiB)