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Rafiq Islam

Rafiq Islam



3105 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1997



  • Ph.D. Biochemistry; Kyushu University, Japan
  • M.S. Biochemistry; Kyushu University, Japan
  • B.S. Biochemistry; Rajshahi University, Bangladesh

Courses Taught

  • 24-114/115 General Chemistry I & Laboratory
  • 24-117 General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • 24-242/243 Organic Chemistry/Laboratory
  • 24-342/343 Organic Chemistry I/Laboratory
  • 24-362/363 Elementary Biochemistry/Laboratory
  • 24-364 Forensic DNA Science
  • 24-562/563 General Biochemistry/Laboratory
  • 24-499 Special Investigations

Academic/Research Interests

  • Molecular/Cellular Biochemistry
    • Transcriptional regulation and expression of PKD1 (Polycystic Kidney Disease-1) and HFE (Hemochromatosis) genes
    • Development of naturally occurring or synthetic small molecules for biological applications

Scholarly Activity

  • Islam MR, Jimenez T, Pelham C, Rodova R, Puri S, Maser RL, Magenheimer BS, Widmann C, Calvet JP
  • (2010). "MAP/ERK Kinase Kinase 1 (MEKK1) mediates transcriptional repression by interacting with Polycystic Kidney Disease-1 (PKD1) Promoter-bound p53 Tumor Suppressor protein" Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285, 38818-38831.
  • Swatek A, Dong Z, Shaw J, Islam MR (2010). "Self assembly of Silver nanoparticles into Dendritic Flowers from aqueous solution" Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, 5, 10-16.
  • Pettegrew C, Jayini R, Islam MR (2009). "Methanol containing Transfer Buffer can be used multiple times in Protein Electrotransfer" Journal of Biomolecular Technique, 20, 93-95.
  • Islam MR, Puri S, Rodova M, Magenheimer BS, Maser RL, Calvet JP (2008). "Activation of the Polycystic Kidney Disease-1 (PKD1) Promoter by Retinoic Acid: involvement of Sp1" American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, 295, F1845-F1954.
  • Dong Z, Richardson D, Pelham C, Islam MR (2008). "Rapid Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles using a Household Microwave and their characterization - a Simple Experiment for Nanoscience Laboratory" The Chemical Educator, 13, 240-243.
  • Baker AS, Pelham C, Dong Z, Islam MR (2008). "Probes biotinylation by A-tailing and use in DNA-protein interactions" American Biotechnology Laboratory, 26, 26-27.
  • Islam MR, Shah GN, Sly WS (2007). "PCR-Based RFLP and Haplotype of the Most Common Mutation, L176F, in the beta-glucuronidase Gene" Genetic Testing, 11, 72-74.
  • Puri S, Rodova M, Islam MR, Magenheimer BS, Maser RL, Calvet JP (2006). "Ets Factors Regulate the Polycystic Kidney Disease-1 (PKD1) Promoter" Biochemistry Biophysics Research Communication, 342, 1005-1013.
  • Rodova M, Islam MR, Maser RL, Calvet JP (2002). "The Polycystic Kidney Disease-1 Promoter is a Target of the beta-Catenin/T-cell Factor Pathway" Journal of Biological Chemistry, 277, 29577-29583.

Other Professional Experiences

  • Member, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) since 1993
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 1998
  • Member, Missouri Academy of Science (MAS) since 1998
  • Editorial Board, Transactions of the Missouri Academy of Sciences (MAS)
  • Chair of Biochemistry section of MAS