Mahfuzar Rahman

Dr. Mahfuzar Rahman is an epidemiologist with degrees in Medicine and Epidemiology. He has also been trained in Demography, and has over 20 years of professional experience in the fields of epidemiology and public health. His experience encompasses familiarity with public health issues and contemporary intervention practices, as well as emerging challenges facing the developing world.  His interest includes theoretical, methodological and evaluative aspects of health researches and interventions. His research interest also comprises of examining underlying causes and measurement of morbidity, mortality and health consequences of environmental factors.

Dr. Rahman has joined Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC in August 2014 and is currently leading the Health, Nutrition and Environment (WASH &DECC) Research unit. Through his extensive public health career in national and international arena, he has gathered substantial experience in designing, coordinating and conducting large surveys, evaluating health and development programmes, as well as monitoring outcomes employing longitudinal surveillance system while focusing equity.  He also has considerable experience in biomedical research, concentrating on genetic vulnerability of given population.

Dr. Rahman has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, served as an associate editor of BMC Public Health, also in editorial boards of international peer reviewed journals and worked as guest editor in many renowned journals. He is one of the governing body members of CIPRB, ethical committee member of Islamia Eye Hospital, Bangladesh and CIPRB and  has been involved in initiating ‘The Bangladesh Centre for Global Environmental and Occupational Health’ funded by National Institute of Health NIH, USA.


Immediate Past: Scientific Director, U-Chicago Research Bangladesh (URB),

Department of Health Studies, The University of Chicago,

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Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi Bangladesh



Medicine, Surgery, Midwifery

Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Post-Grad Training


Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Faculty of Health Sciences, Linkoping University, Sweden




Professional Experience


Intern Physician Rangpur Medical College Hospital


Public Health Physician, Red Crescent, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Doctoral Student, Department of Environment & Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.

2000 Jan-2000 June

International Fellow, Public Health Sciences Divison, ICDDRB:

2000 July-2006 August

Environmental Epidemiologist, Public Health Sciences Divison, ICDDRB:

2006 September- 2012 June

Associate Research Scientist (Research Assistant Professor) Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York

2012 July-2014 March

Scientific Director, UChicago Research Bangladesh, The University of Chicago

2014 April-June

Consultant, Health, Nutrition and Population, brac

2014 August

Program Head, RED, BRAC



1998 - Recipient, International Symposium Workshop on Epidemiology and Prevention of Cancer, Bangkok, Thailand.

1999 - Recipient, XV World Congress of Epidemiology, Florence, Italy

2001 - Recipient, Second International Conference on International Conference of IEA Asia-Pacific Region, Japan

2002 - Recipient, XVI World Congress of Epidemiology, Montreal, Canada

2004 - IARC advisor, Monograph on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, Some Drinking Water Disinfectants and Contaminants, including Arsenic. Volume 84, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France


Publications (only 2014-15)

  1. Pierce BL, Tong L, Chen LS, Rahaman R, Argos M, Jasmine F, Roy S, Paul-Brutus R, Westra HJ, Franke L, Esko T, Zaman R, Islam T, Rahman M, Baron JA, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H.Mediation analysis demonstrates that trans-eQTLs are often explained by cis-mediation: a genome-wide analysis among 1,800 South Asians.PLoS Genet. 2014 Dec 4;10(12):e1004818. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004818. eCollection 2014 Dec.
  2. Gao J, Roy S, Tong L, Argos M, Jasmine F, Rahaman R, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Parvez F, Ahmed A, Hore SK, Sarwar G, Slavkovich V, Yunus M, Rahman M, Baron JA, Graziano JH, Ahsan H, Pierce BL.Arsenic exposure, telomere length, and expression of telomere-related genes among Bangladeshi individuals.Environ Res. 2015 Jan;136:462-9. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.09.040. Epub 2014 Nov 25.
  3. Argos M, Chen L, Jasmine F, Tong L, Pierce BL, Roy S, Paul-Brutus R, Gamble MV, Harper KN, Parvez F, Rahman M, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Slavkovich V, Baron JA, Graziano JH, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H.Gene-specific differential DNA methylation and chronic arsenic exposure in an epigenome-wide association study of adults in bangladesh.Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Jan;123(1):64-71. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1307884. Epub 2014 Oct 17.
  4. Scannell Bryan M, Argos M, Pierce B, Tong L, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Ahmed A, Rahman M, Islam T, Yunus M, Parvez F, Roy S, Jasmine F, Baron JA, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H Genome-wide association studies and heritability estimates of body mass index related phenotypes in Bangladeshi adults. PLoS One. 2014 Aug 18;9(8):e105062. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105062. eCollection 2014.
  5. Yunus FM, Rahman MJ, Alam MZ, Hore SK, Rahman M Relationship between arsenic skin lesions and the age of natural menopause. BMC Public Health. 2014 May 2;14:419. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-419.
  6. Argos M, Parvez F, Rahman M, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Ahmed A, Hore SK, Islam T, Chen Y, Pierce BL, Slavkovich V, Olopade C, Yunus M, Baron JA, Graziano JH, Ahsan H.Arsenic and lung disease mortality in Bangladeshi adults. 2014 Jul;25(4):536-43. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000106.
  7. Argos M, Tong L, Pierce BL, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Ahmed A, Islam T, Rahman M, Paul-Brutus R, Rahaman R, Roy S, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H.Genome-wide association study of smoking behaviours among Bangladeshi adults.J Med Genet. 2014 May;51(5):327-33. doi: 10.1136/jmedgenet-2013-102151. Epub 2014 Mar 24.
  8. Rahman M, Sohel N, Yunus M, Chowdhury ME, Hore SK, Zaman K, Bhuiya A, Streatfield PK A prospective cohort study of stroke mortality and arsenic in drinking water in Bangladeshi adults. BMC Public Health. 2014 Feb 18;14:174. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-174.