Zannat KawserDr. Zannat Kawser


Dr.Zannat Kawser completed MBBS from Mymensingh Medical College, Bangladesh in 2013. In 2019 she pursued an M.Phil in Microbiology. She is currently working at ideSHi as an Assistant Scientist. She has previously worked as a Resident Medical Officer at Labaid Cardiac Hospital, Bangladesh.

Her past research includes evaluation of alternative methods for detection of SARS-CoV-2 and comparison with standard RT-PCR, as well as genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and its corresponding immune response. She is also involved in the coordination and conduction of ideSHi’s clinical trials.

In the future, she plans to study the molecular characteristics, landscape of antimicrobial resistance of, and immune response against Klebsiella pneumoniae. Her work on AMR pattern of MDR hypervirulent K. pneumoniae with an approach to develop killed vaccine against it was selected for oral presentation at 15th Asian Conference on Diarrhoeal Disease and Nutrition 2020.

In recognition of her academic excellence and enthusiasm for research, she was awarded the Global Health Fellowship (formerly Jason B. Harris Fellowship) for the first time in Bangladesh (July 2020-June 2021). She also recieved the 2nd Prize on Research Day 2021. She aspires to advance her career in the field of immunology and vaccinology.

Selected Publications:

Kawser, Zannat & Hossain, Mohabbat & Suliman, Sara & Lockman, Shahin & Gitaka, Jesse & Bandawe, Gama & Rahmat, Redwan & Afrad, Hassan & Rahman, Mohammed & Hasan, Imrul & Siddik, Abu & Miller, Glenn & Walt, David & Ivers, Louise & LaRocque, Regina & Harris, Jason & Qadri, Firdausi. (2021). An assessment of a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test in Bangladesh. DOI: 10.1101/2021.10.05.21264551

Kawser, Zannat & Shamsuzzaman, S. (2021). Intradermal Immunization with Heat-Killed Klebsiella pneumoniae Leading to the Production of Protective Immunoglobulin G in BALB/c Mice. International journal of applied & basic medical research. 11. 160-165. DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_63_20

Gitaka, Jesse & Muthamia, Eva & Mungai, Samuel & Mungai, Mary & Bandawe, Gama & Qadri, Firdausi & Kawser, Zannat & Lockman, Shahin & Ivers, Louise & Walt, David & Suliman, Sara & Mwau, Matilu. (2021). ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMANCE AND IMPLEMENTATION CHARACTERISTICS OF RAPID POINT OF CARE SARS-CoV-2 ANTIGEN TESTING IN KENYA. DOI: 10.1101/2021.06.03.21258290

Shirin, Tahmina & Bhuiyan, Taufiqur & Charles, Richelle & Amin, Shaheena & Bhuiyan, Imran & Kawser, Zannat & Rahat, Asifuzaman & Alam, Ahmed & Sultana, Sharmin & Aleem, Md & Khan, Manjur & Khan, Samsad & LaRocque, Regina & Calderwood, Stephen & Ryan, Edward & Slater, Damien & Banu, Sayera & Clemens, John & Harris, Jason & Qadri, Firdausi. (2020). Antibody Responses after COVID-19 Infection in Patients Who Are Mildly Symptomatic or Asymptomatic in Bangladesh. SSRN Electronic Journal. 101. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3675451