Scientific Staff

Nishat SultanaNishat Sultana


Nishat Sultana is a Lab Co-ordinator at Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi). She joined ideSHi in November 2021. She received her BSc and MS degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Dhaka in 2011 and 2012 respectively. After completing her MS, she joined Research and Development (R&D) at Renata Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Afterwards, she moved to the same division at Incepta Pharmaceuticals and worked there until February 2020. She received training on SAP as a part of lab management, Molecular Diagnostic Kit development (China), LC-MS and FACS (India).

During her time at Incepta, she was the lead in the development of dipstick assay (POC) for detection of Cholera and Typhoid. Throughout her career, she gained experience in some sophisticated techniques, which include ELISA, Dot Blot, HPLC, IR, UV Spectrophotometer, SDS-PAGE, and Bioassay. She attended a number of national and international conferences. She attended the Annual Meeting of ASM 2014, presented a poster at the US-Japan Conference 2014, and delivered an oral and poster presentation at the ASM Conference 2015 held in the USA. She received an award for her oral presentation in the DRDC Conference 2016.

Her multifaceted talents are demonstrated through her extra-curricular involvement. She was an anchor and organizing member of the 1st Biochemistry Olympiad. She won the 1st prize in essay and story-writing, and 2nd prize in recitation in a competition held by the University of Dhaka. In addition, she worked as an anchor on Ekushey Television, conducted multiple programs at BTV, and acted as a part-time editor of Prothom Alo. 

As a researcher, Nishat Sultana is energetic, dynamic and enthusiastic about her field. Her research interest lies in molecular diagnosis, point of care testing and biochemical analysis. Her hobbies include fashion designing, traveling and gardening.

Selected Publications: 

Islam MT, Khan AI, Sayeed MA, et al. Field evaluation of a locally produced rapid diagnostic test for early detection of cholera in Bangladesh. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019;13(1):e0007124. Published 2019 Jan 31. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007124

Sayeed MA, Islam K, Hossain M, et al. Development of a new dipstick (Cholkit) for rapid detection of Vibrio cholerae O1 in acute watery diarrheal stools. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018;12(3):e0006286. Published 2018 Mar 14. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006286

Khan IH, Sayeed MA, Sultana N, et al. Development of a Simple, Peripheral-Blood-Based Lateral-Flow Dipstick Assay for Accurate Detection of Patients with Enteric Fever. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2016;23(5):403-409. Published 2016 May 6. doi: 10.1128/CVI.00690-15