Dr. Naheed Banu
Dr. Naheed Banu is a biochemist and talented academician born to an aristocratic family at Miabari under Thanapara upzila in Tangail district. Her father, late Abdul Halim, was an honest, dedicated police super. Dr. Naheed Banu was very talented from her childhood. She passed SSC from Azimpur Girls High School in 1982 and HSC from Holycross College in 1985. Then, she was enrolled in Biochemistry at Dhaka University and completed Honours and post-graduate degree in 1982 with top results. In 1973, she fortunately joined Dhaka University, known as the Oxford of the East, as a lecturer.
An indomitable genius Nahid Banu has received her PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1986 on a full scholarship as she had a strong desire to pursue higher studies. In 1992, she has received a post-graduate degree in Hematology from Harvard University and later a Post Doctorate in Physiology.
Although she chose to teach at University of Dhaka at the beginning of her career, she came to the United States in 1997 and joined Citomatrix, a world-renowned pharmaceutical company in Boston. She returned to Harvard in 2004 and joined Stomsell as a biologist with research on regenerative medicine and cellular therapy.
A very talented Dr. Banu has had the opportunity to serve many established organizations in the United States as a consultant. In 2010, she moved to New Jersey with her family. In 2016, she had an accident while driving. At that time, she was the lead scientist at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. The energetic and self-confident woman doesn’t support sitting idle. After recovery, she became a professor at City University, one of the leading universities in the USA in 2016. In 2020, she joined Mark Pharmaceuticals, a US-based pharmaceutical company, as a scientist.
Dr. Naheed Banu got married in 1970 when she was a student of Dhaka University. Her husband Syed Hasan Mamun also studied in the same university then. He received a PhD degree from Kolkata University. The couple is blessed with a daughter who has received higher education and is now working as a financial consultant. Prior to this, she served as an officer in an established bank.
Dr. Naheed Banu’s siblings are also quite talented. Her brothers, Feroz Ahmed is residing in New York, Dr. Kayes Ahmed is working at Bangabandhu Medical University in Dhaka and Tareq Ahmed is in Boston.
Dr. Naheed Banu mentioned that though she resides abroad her roots lie in Bangladesh. She cannot forget the memories of her childhood, adolescence and youth spent in Bangladesh. She always remembers the memories of Dhaka University and Curzon Hall. She says, some of her colleagues who were associated with student politics during student life in the university have established themselves as politicians.
Dr. Naheed Banu has also continued practicing Bengali culture in the USA. He has highlighted the importance of Bangladeshi culture to new generation in the community. When she comes to know about any good news from Bangladesh, she feels proud. She has extended her hand to help establish Bangladeshi Americans.
Dr. Naheed Banu often comes to the country and is fascinated with the development trend of Bangladesh. However, her wish is for Bangladesh to become an educated and humanitarian country, where all will enjoy their basic rights.