A. N. M. Rubaiyath Bin Rahman: Plant Physiology First Author

A. N. M. Rubaiyath Bin Rahman, first author of “The Absorption of Water from Humid Air by Grass Embryos During Germination”

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Education: Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong; M. Sc. in Botany, the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; B. Sc. (Hons.) in Botany, the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Non-scientific Interests: Watching cricket match and writing poetry when life gets tough.

Brief bio: After leaving lucrative jobs in bank and civil service, A. N. M. Rubaiyath Bin Rahman made the leap back to research, because of his passion for it. Albeit his journey back to research was difficult, but with support and perseverance, he has overcome the difficulties.  Broadly, his research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of plant stress adaptation. Understanding mechanisms of stress adaptation is one of the most important and challenging goals in plant science. The present paper, published in the Plant Physiology, is one of the outcomes of his current research project that aimed to answer the long-standing fundamental question: how plants sense water. Beside experimental research, Dr. Bin Rahman also loves to develop unique ideas/views on his area of interests, after synthesizing contemporary research findings. For instance, in 2016, Dr. Bin Rahman proposed a counterintuitive hypothesis (published in the Food and Energy Security) on the coexistence of flood and drought tolerance in rice. Recently, a collaborative study (published in the Plant Cell) has identified the same pattern that he proposed five years ago. Dr. Bin Rahman has proven record of grantsmanship. He has developed couple of novel ideas and drafted successful multimillion dollars (HKD) research projects for his supervisor, Prof. Jianhua Zhang. Finally, Dr. Bin Rahman is highly motivated to utilize his skills and strengths for plant translational research that would benefit the society, particularly farmers.