Rafiquel Islam Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasia 2021

Rafiquel Islam

I receive my Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (Major: Natural Product Chemistry) in 2006 from Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh. Then I was appointed as a University Lecturer in the same department in 2010. After that, I completed the Pre-Ph.D. Professional Courses (Major: Environmental Science) from the University of Chinese Academy of Science (UCAS), Beijing, China, through the CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship’ 2016. In 2017, I achieved the UNIPRS scholarship at the University of Newcastle and started my Ph.D. journey in Environmental Science here in Australia under Prof. Dr. Geoff MacFarlane, Ecotoxicology lab, School of Environmental and Life Sciences. Additionally, I am also a Casual academic in the same discipline since 2019. Research Area: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTWs), Ecotoxicology, Transgenerational Toxicology, Metabolomics, Transcriptomics, Sydney Rock Oyster. My major research focuses are on the toxicological effects of estrogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in mollusc. In particular, I focus on: (1) Analysis and ecological risk assessment of estrogenic EDCs at wastewater treatment works (WWTWs) and their estuarine and marine receiving waters in the lower Hunter, Newcastle, NSW. To explore the common estrogenic EDCs (such as natural, synthetic, and industrial chemicals) load in WWTWs and their marine and estuarine receiving waters that differ in their treatment strategies; To assess the removal efficiency of EDCs throughout the entire treatment process at WWTWs; To conduct an ecological risk assessment for effluents and receiving waters based on the estrogenicity (cEEQ), and the risk factors (RQ and HI) through comparing observed concentrations to establish predicted no effects concentrations (PNECs) for adverse biological effects of estrogens to aquatic taxa, (2) To evaluate the parental exposure to the estrogenic EDCs and their adverse effects on offspring development in the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata. The subsequent larvae exposure to estrogenic EDCs and their toxicological impacts analysis in larval developmental success, (3) To the aspect of the molecular toxicology of environmental estrogenic EDCs, I focus on the exposure of estrogenic EDCs and their observe signatures on the alterations to the metabolomes (polar and non-polar metabolites), transcriptomes (via mRNA sequencing), and methylomes (via DNA methylation) in the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata and it’s offspring.

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