Getting to know... Sadequr Rahman

Professor Sadequr Rahman

Professor Sadequr Rahman

Name: Sadequr Rahman

Title: Professor

Faculty/Division: School of Science

Campus: Malaysia


How long have you worked at Monash?

About two and half years.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

I was at CSIRO Plant Industry in Canberra, Australia.

What do you like best about your work?

Lots of things. I like the excitement of research and the interactions with students. I like the way I am learning constantly in a broad area as I teach. I enjoy the interactions with colleagues who are themselves also constantly learning and have travelled on different paths to mine. I like the possibility of making a remarkable discovery and doing some good to people.

Why did you choose your current career path?

I grew up in Bangladesh. My mother was a biochemist/nutritionist and the politics in the house and the country was left-leaning. I suspect these influences led to me wanting to save the world through science.

First job?

Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Worst job?

I have been very fortunate in that I have enjoyed all my jobs. There have been periods when I have been unhappy in a job but overall I have enjoyed all of them. 

What research project are you currently working on and what does it involve?

I have worked on rice for some time and thanks to interactions with a colleague, Dr Robyn Wilson, I am now also working on birds. Our work on rice broadly involves increasing the value of the rice crop through molecular approaches and genomics. For birds, the work involves molecular identification. It is amusing perhaps that in Malaysia one of the favourite foods is Chicken Rice. I have managed to start work on both components!

What is your favourite place in the world and why?

Right now it is Kuala Lumpur! Great variety, great people and I live here.

What is your favourite place to eat and why?

The canteen area on campus. Good food and great gossip.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?  

It would be hard to pick one. I receive lots of advice all the time!  

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues would not know.  

I have been associated with multicultural community radio in Australia for many years, writing and producing programs, mostly in Bangla. I am extremely grateful that the Australian government has encouraged this celebration of diversity. The encouragement enriches us all and strengthens the cohesiveness of the entire country.