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Ali Muntasir

PhD students


The intricate interplay of components to sustain life always interested me. That interest was intensified with the constant discoveries in the field of biology, which I was exposed through news and documentaries while growing up. Therefore, I decided to study Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the best university of Bangladesh named University of Dhaka. During my bachelor studies I realized that the field of biology is very diverse and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Still the core knowledge is vital and paves way to understand life better. Although knowledge is crucial, also the practical experience for the application of this knowledge through state of the art technology is vital for successfully answering the questions posed to understand biology at a molecular level. This craving for more experience and knowledge motivated me to do my Masters in Molecular Biology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium with a prestigious VLIR-UOS scholarship. Acquiring knowledge and experience through this master’s course helped me to decide that I wanted to identify something novel that will help the future scientists to better understand the molecular biology of life. The search for novelty led me to take the responsibility of a joint project of MICR, VUB and SCK•CEN as a PhD student to identify a new silver resistance mechanism in the metal resistant model bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans. Currently I am trying to figure out the molecular mechanism that appears to be very different from the known mechanisms.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussels