Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Md Harunur Rashid

Full Time Faculty
Associate Professor

Ph.D., The University of Sydney, AUS

RA.; MIPS, Monash University,  AUS. (2013)

Postdoc.; Kyoto University, Japan. (2014-15)

Research Fellow, RMIT University, AUS. (2015-2018)

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 6397



Strain-Promoted Cycloadditions in Lipid Bilayers Triggered by Liposome Fusion. Coline Jumeaux, Christopher D. Spicer, Patrick Charchar, Philip D. Howes,Margaret N. Holme, Li Ma, Nicholas C. Rose, Joe Nabarro, Martin A. Fascione,M. Harunur Rashid, Irene Yarovsky, and Molly M. Stevens. Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2024) e202314786.

Computational Studies Show How the H463R Mutation Turns hKv1.5 into an Inactivation state. Ramisha A Rahman, Bushra Zaman, Mohammad R Khan, M. Shariful Islam, M Harunur Rashid. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 128 (2), 429-439, (2024)

Theoretical study of the structural, electronic, mechanical, and optical of transition metal (mn, co, and ni) doped FrGeI3 perovskites. N Hasan, MM Hasan, A Kabir, MH Rashid Results in Materials 20, 100457 (2023)

Design of lipid-based nanocarriers via cation modulation of ethanol-interdigitated lipid membranes. Valeria Nele, Margaret N. Holme, M. Harunur Rashid, Hanna M. G. Barriga, Tu C. Le, Michael R. Thomas, James J. Doutch, Irene Yarovsky, Molly M. Stevens. Langmuir 2021, 37, 40, 11909–11921

Molecular simulation of the Kv7.4[ΔS269] mutant channel reveals that ion conduction in the cavity is perturbed due to hydrophobic gating M. Harunur Rashid. Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports. 2021, 25,100879

Dynamics of COVID-19 transmission in Dhaka and Chittagong: Two business hubs of Bangladesh. ZS Siam, M Arifuzzaman, MS Ahmed, FA Khan, MH Rashid, MS Islam. Clinical epidemiology and global health. 2021, 10, 100684

Towards Cell Membrane Biomimetic Lipidic Cubic Phases: A High-Throughput Exploration of Lipid Compositional Space. Sampa Sarkar, Nhiem Tran, Md Harunur Rashid, Tu C. Le, Irene Yarovsky, Charlotte E. Conn, and Calum J. Drummond. ACS Applied Bio Materials, 2019, 2, 2019

Fate of Liposomes in the Presence of Phospholipase C and D: From Atomic to Supramolecular Lipid Arrangement. Holme, Margaret; Rashid, Md Harunur; Thomas, Michael; ..., Stevens, Molly. ACS Central Science. 2018, 4, 1023-1030

Computational Study of the Loss-of-Function Mutations in the Kv1.5 Channel Associated with Atrial Fibrillation. M Harunur Rashid and Serdar Kuyucak. ACS Omega 2018, 3, 8882-8890.

Nadav Amdursky, M. Harunur Rashid, Molly M. Stevens, Irene Yarovsky. Exploring proton diffusion across insulin amyloid fibril surfaces by naphthol- based photoacid fluorescence and molecular simulations. Scientific reports 2017, 6245.

Rashid, M.H.; Heinzelmann,G; Kuyucak, S. Calculation of free energy changes due to mutation of charged residues from alchemical free energy calculations. J Theor. Comput. Chem. 2015 14 (03), 1550023.

Rashid, M.H.; Huq, R.; Tanner M.R.; Chhabra, S.; et al. A potent and Kv1.3- selective analogue of the scorpion toxin HsTX1 as a potential therapeutic for autoimmune diseases. Scientific reports. 2014 4.

Rashid, M.H.; Kuyucak, S. Free Energy Simulations of Binding of HsTx1 Toxin to Kv1 Potassium Channels: the Basis of Kv1.3/Kv1.1 Selectivity. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2014, 118 (3), 707-716.

Rashid, M.H.; Heinzelmann, G.; Huq, R.; Tajhya, R.B.; Chang, S.C.; Chhabra,S.; Pennington, M.W.; Beeton, C.; Norton, R.S.; Kuyucak, S. A potent and selective peptide blocker of the Kv1.3 channel: In silico design and experimental confirmation. Plos One. 2013, 8(11), e78712.

Rashid, M.H.; Mahdavi, S.; Kuyucak, S. Computational Studies of Marine ToxinsTargeting Ion Channels. Marine Drugs 2013, 11,848-869.

Pennington, M.W.; Rashid, M.H.; Tajhya, R.B.; Beeton, C.; Kuyucak, S.; Norton, R.S. A C- terminally amidated analogue of ShK is a potent and selective blocker of the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.3. FEBS lett. 2012, 586, 3996-4001.

Rashid, M.H.; Kuyucak, S. Affinity and selectivity of ShK toxin for the Kv1 potassium channels from free energy simulations. J. Phys. Chem. B 2012, 116, 4812-4822.

Inventor: Raymond S. Norton, Serdar KUYUCAK, M Harunur RASHID, Michael PENNINGTON, Christine Beeton. Scorpion toxin analogue and method for treating autoimmune disease

Publication of US9708377B2, Application granted: 2017-07-18, Status:Active; Anticipated expiration: 2033-10-28
Publication of AU2013404615B2: Application granted: 2017-07-18, Status: Active; Anticipated expiration: 2033-10-28


  • General Physics-1

           Course Code: PHY-107

           Course Credit: 3

            Textbook       : Fundamentals of Physics; Author: David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker

  •  General Physics-2

           Course Code: PHY-108

           Course Credit: 3

           Textbook        : Fundamentals of Physics; Author: David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker

  •      General Physics-Lab-1

           Course Code : PHY-107L

           Course Credit: 1

  •       General Physics Lab-2

           Course Code : PHY-108L

           Course Credit: 1


1. March-2015 to SEP-2018 | Research fellow, Material modeling group, RMIT University, Aus

2. April-2014-January-2015 | Post Doctoral Fellow, Theoretical Chemistry Group, Kyoto University, Japan

3. October-2013 - February-2014| Visiting fellow, Biophysics Group, The University of Sydney, Aus

4. April -2013 - September-2013 | Research Assistant, Medicinal Chemistry Group, MIPS at Monash University, Aus

5. August-2009 - January-2013   | Ph.D. graduate, School of Physics, The University of Sydney.

6. March-2009 - July 2009 | Lecturer in Physics, Prime Asia University, Bangladesh.


Biophysical Society (USA), 2024 Travel Award to Attend 68th Annual Meeting,  February 10-14, Philadelphia.

The University of Sydney International PhD Scholarship 2009-2012


Title: A novel residue deletion in Kv7.4 affects the ion transfer function and the consequence is hearing loss, revealed from free energy simulation.

Annual Meeting of the Australian Society for Biophysics, Sydney, NSW, Australia-2017.

Title: Computational studies of pore residue mutations in voltage-gated potassium channels.

Invitation on: International Silk Road Science and Technology Exchange and Co-operation Forum, April 5-7, 2019, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China.


Title: Effect of phospholipase C and D on properties of lipid bilayers: a molecular simulation study.

ACS Publications Symposium: Innovation in Materials Science & Technology, Singapore from November 17-19, 2019.


  • Life member of Physical Society of Bangladesh
  • Member Biophysical Society, USA
  • General member of Australian Biophysical Society.
  • Affiliate member of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2016-2018)

  •  Molecular simulation on membrane channels, drug design, and drug delivery system. 
  • Material modeling