Rashedul Islam

Research interests

Epigenomics, Cancer genomics, Bioinformatics, Sequencing data analysis


Bioinformatics PhD candidate



Role of RUNX1 in Notch signaling

T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a hematopoietic malignancy driven by oncogenic activation of Notch signaling. T-ALL accounts for 15% of pediatric and 25% of adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia cases. In T-ALL patients Notch1 signalling activity is increased. Runt-related transcription factor 1 (RUNX1) works as pioneer factor in supporting Notch signalling, which is well characterized as an oncogenic pathway in T-cell leukemia. In order to dissect the molecular mechanism(s), we applied genomic and epigenomic technologies, specially next generation sequencing. The goal of the project is to understand the gene expression change due to chromatin restructuring mediated by polycomb repressive complex and histone acetyl transferases in a NOTCH1 and RUNX1 dependent manner as well as to construct the transcriptional regulatory networks in T-cell resulting T-ALL.


  • RUNX1 promotes cell growth in human T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia by transcriptional regulation of key target genes. Jenkins CE, Gusscott S, Wong RJ, Shevchuk OO, Rana G, Giambra V, Tyshchenko K, Islam R, Hirst M, Weng AP. Exp Hematol. 2018 Aug
  • MiRANN: A reliable approach for improved classification of precursor microRNA using Artificial Neural Network model. Rahman ME, Islam R, Islam S, Mondal SI, Amin MR. Genomics. 2012 April.

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