M. K. Pasha

M. K. Pasha was born on 21st May 1949 at Gopalgonj of Gopalgonj district, Bangladesh. He passed the S.S.C. Examination from Barisal City School in 1964 and H.S.C. from Govt. B. M. College, Barisal, in 1966. He took his B.Sc. from Dacca University (now Dhaka) in 1968. Then he entered in the Department of Botany, Dacca University and took M.Sc. in 1970.

He started his career as Lecturer in Botany in a college in 1972. Then he joined as Research Officer in Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Chittagong, in 1973. There he studied local plants and conducted several field and laboratory experiments in search of active principles in several hundred plants.

Then in November 1974, he joined again in teaching profession at the department of Botany, Chittagong University, first as Lecturer and then as Assistant Professor in 1978. In 1982, he moved to Kalyani University, India, for Ph.D. degree. There he worked under Professor S. P. Sen on Molecular Taxonomy (Numerical, Protein and DNA) of Cucurbitaceae. After awarding Ph.D. he then returned and joined again in the same department in 1986. He then promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and then to Professor in 1992.

So, far he has published about 90 original research paper and some review papers in journals at home and in abroad. He is the author of several Text Books (all in Bangla) for graduate and post-graduate students. He supervised many M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. students for their degrees. He is the life member of many professional Societies. He is acting as the sub-editor and editorial members of several scientific journals.

Professor Pasha's major interest is on the taxonomy of vascular flora of Bangladesh. Now, he is trying to develop Bioinformatics and DNA Barcoding aspects of Bangla plants.