Mir N. Islam, Ph.D.

Mir N Islam, PhDProfessor of Food and Nutritional Sciences, UIP & ULACIT, Panama & Florida State University, Republic of Panama

Director of Research, Laureate International Universities (UIP & ULACIT), Panama, Republic of Panama

Telephone: (507) 6628-5214 or 399-9665


Via Brasil, Edif. Unicorp Business Plaza, Piso 11
Panamá, Republic of Panamá



B.Sc. (Hons) Dhaka University, Dhaka, 1966
Major: Biochemistry & Nutrition
M.Sc. Dhaka University, Dhaka, 1967
Major: Biochemistry
Thesis: Studies on  Vibrio cholera  extract
M.S. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1971
Major: Food science & Technology
Minor: Biochemistry
Ph.D. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 1972
Major – Food science, Minor – Biochemistry
Dissertation: Improved Canning Stability of Rice by Chemical Modification
R.D. American Dietetic Association (Based on Certification examination for Registered Dietitians), 1973, Registration No. – R367105

Work Experience

Dir. of Research
July 2012–Present
Laureate International University (UIP & ULACIT) of Panama
Republic of Panama
Adjunct Professor
Feb 2011-Present
Florida State University – Panama campus
Republic of Panama
Nov 2006–Present
Mir Agro-Industriales, S.A.,(Consulting firm) Panamá
Republic of Panamá
Internat. Consultant
Aug 2001–May 03
Inst. de Alimentación y Nutrición, Universidad de  Panamá
Republica de Panamá
Sept 1988–Aug. 03
Department of Animal and Food Sciences
University of Delaware
Fullbright Profesor
1989 (Feb.-Aug.)
Departmento de Ciencia de Alimento y Nutricao
Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil (sabbatical leave)
Assoc  Professor
Sept 1979-Aug 88
Department of Food Science &  Human Nutrition
University of Delaware
Visiting Professor
Sept 1980-Aug 81
Facultad de Ciencia y Agronomía, Universidad de Panamá (sabática)
Ass Professor
Sept 1974-Aug 79
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
University of Delaware
Plant Manager
1973 (June–Aug)
School Food Products, Inc., Baton Rouge,
Louisiana (summer employment)
Ass Professor
Sept 1972–Aug 74
Department of Food and Nutrition
Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA
Dec 1967–July 69
Department of Biochemistry & Nutrition
Dhaka University, Bangladesh


1. Rutledge, J.E., M. N. Islam, and W.H. James, 1972. Improved canning stability of  rice by Chemical modification. Cereal Chemistry, 49 (4): 430-436.
2. Rutledge, J.E. and M. N. Islam, 1973. Canning and pH stability of epichlorohydrin-treated parboiled rice. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 21 (3): 458-460.
3. Rutledge, J.E., M. N. Islam, and W.H. James, 1974. Improved canning stability of parboiled rice through cross-linking. Cereal Chemistry, 51 (1): 46-51.
4. Islam, M. N., J.E. Rutledge, and W.H. James, 1974. Influence of rice crystallinity on cross-linking. Cereal Chemistry, 51 (1): 51-56.
5. Rutledge, J.E. and  M. N. Islam, 1976. Limited moisture canning of rice: Effects of cross-linking. Cereal Chemistry, 53 (6) 982-985.
6. Rutledge, J.E. and M. N. Islam, 1976. Improved shelf-life at room temperature of rice modified by cross-linking. Cereal Chemistry, 53 (6): 862-866.
7. Islam, M. N. and R.A. Lea, 1977. Development of a sardine-like product from Mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus). Journal of Food Sci., 42 (3):747-749.
8. Islam, M. N., R.J.H. Gray, and J.N. Geiser, 1978. Development of antimicrobial agents for the extension of poultry shelf-life. Poultry Science, 57:1266-1271.
9. Islam, M. N., L. Kittner, and N.B. Islam, 1979. Extension of Flounder shelf-life by Poly (hexamethylene biguanide hydrochloride). Proceedings of  the Fourth Annual Tropical and Sub-tropical Fisheries Conference, St. Petersburgh, FL, April 22-25, Pp 137-149.
10. Islam, M. N. and R.A. Lea, 1979. Effect of maturity on the nutrient content and canning quality of Emerald Soybean. Journal of Food Science, 44 (1):204-207.
11. Islam, M. N. and N.B. Islam, 1979. Extension of Poultry Shelf-life by Poly (hexamethylene biguanide hydrochloride). Journal of Food Protection, 42 (5): 416-419.
12. Islam, M. N. and N.B. Islam, 1979. Comparison of the Efficiency of three potential poultry Preservatives: Glutaraldehyde, Poly (hexamethylene biguanide hydrochloride), and Iodoacetamide. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, (1): 1-9.
13. Islam, M. N. and R.A. Lea, 1981. Effect of maturity on the amino acid composition and freezing quality of “Emerald”  Soybean. Journal of Food Science, 46(2):658-663.
14. Thomson, J.E., N. A. Cox, J. S. Bailey, and M. N. Islam, 1981. Minimizing Salmonella Contamination on broiler carcasses with Poly (hexamethylene biguanide hydrochloride). Journal of Food Protection, 44: 440-441.
15. Islam, M. N. 1982. Inhibition of mold in bread by Dimethyl fumarate. Journal of Food Science, 47(5):1710-1713.
16. Islam, M. N., C.A. Wilson, and T.R. Watkins, 1982. Nutritional evaluation of Seashore Mallow seed, Kostelettzkya virginica. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 30: 1195-1198.
17. Islam, M .N., J. L. Acker, and N.B. Islam. Effect of trans-fatty acids on protein Utilization and serum cholesterol. Journal of Food Science, 48: 100-103.
18. Islam, M. N., F.R. Del Valle, and M. Lirio, 1984. Preservation of Tortilla by Dimethyl Fumarate. J. Food  Process. and Preservation, 8:41-45.
19. Islam, M. N. R.R. Genuario and M. Pappas-Sirois, 1987. Nutritional and sensory evaluation of Atriplex triangularis leaves. Food Chemistry 25:279-284.
20. Islam, M. N., T. Colon, and T. Vargas. 1993. Efffect of prolonged solar exposure on the vitamin C contents of tropical fruits. Food Chemistry 48: 75-78.
21. Espin, N. F. and  M.N.  Islam. 1998. Stabilization of Papain from Papaya peels. Food Science and Technology International 4: 179-187.
22. Murillo, E.F., L. Carrasquilla, and M.N. Islam. 2000. Actividad antioxidante de Frutas Tropicales. Revista Latinoamérica de Química, 28: 84-85, Suplemento Especial.
23. Islam, M.N. Frutas Tropicales de Panamá.2002 This is India (Magazine of Indian Embassy –  Central America), April issue, p 14
24. Islam, M.N. 2003. Diversificación en la utilización de Papaya. Technical Report submitted to  the Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario (MIDA), Panamá, April 30.
25. Islam, M.N. 2003. Industrialización de Mango en Panamá. Technical Report submitted to  the Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario (MIDA), Panamá, May 15.
26. Islam, M.N. 2005.  Nutracéuticos de flora Panameña: Oportunidades de salud y negocio. Ingeniería de Alimentos – Panamá, 3: 26-27. (www.ingenieriadealimentos.com)
27. Islam, M.N. 2005. El Gran potencial de la Agroindustria en Panamá. Ingeniería de Alimentos – Panamá, I (3): 9. (www.ingeniedriadealimentos.com)
28. Islam, M.N. 2006. Papaya – la manzana del trópico. Ingeniería de Alimentos, I (4): 20-21.   (www.ingenieriadealimentos.com)
29. Islam, M.N. 2007. Turmeric – El prodigio de la India. Ingenieria de Alimentos, II (4) :10–11.  (www.ingenieriadealimentos.com)
30.  Islam, M.N. 2008. Enfermedades degenerativas – su prevención con Antioxidantes. Ingenieria de Alimentos Vol. 3(2): 29-30.
31.  Islam, M.N and Tejada, A. 2009. La Osteoporosis: Avances  en la Prevencion. Ingenieria de  Alimentos Vol. 4(1): 12 -14.
32. Islam, M. N. 2011. La Osteoporosis: Mejor prevenir hoy, para no lamentar manana. Boletin,   FOSEMO- Panama, June (http://www.fosemo.org/sites/default/files/files/boletines/2011_06_Boletin.pdf)
33. Islam, M.N. and Tejada, A. 2011. La Osteoporosis, aun incurable pero prevenible. Ingenieria de Alimentos Vol. 5(3): 22-24.
34. Islam, M.N. and Molinar, E. 2013. Desarrollo de Productos Novedosos de Papaya: Encurtidos como Deditos y Rallados. Tecnociencia, 15(1): 43-56. (http://www.up.ac.pa/ftp/2010/f_ciencias/tecnociencias/volumen15-1/articulo4.pdf)
35. Islam, M.N. and Gracia, F. 2013. Los Antioxidantes para la salud óptima. Revista Medico  Cientifico (manuscript under review).
36. Islam, M.N. and Molinar, E. 2013. Development of a Meat tenderizer based on Papaya peel. Investigacion I+D (manuscript under  review).


37. Islam, M. N. and J.E. Rutledge, 1972. Improved canning stability of rice through cross linking. 57th Annual meeting of the American Association of Cereal Chemists, Miami Beach, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.
38. Islam, M.N. and R.A. Lea, 1976. Development of a Sardine-like product from Mummichog (Funduslus heteroclitus). 36th Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, Anaheim, CA, June 6-9.
39. Islam, M.N., R.J.H. Gray, and J.N. Geiser, 1977. Development of anti-microbial agents for  the extension of Poultry shelf-life. 37th Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, Philadelphia, PA, June 5-8.
40. Islam, M.N. and R.A. Lea, 1978. Effect of maturity on the nutrient content and the canning and freezing quality of green-seeded soybean, Emerald. 38th Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, Dallas, TX, June 4-8.
41. Islam, M.N. , L. Kittner, and N.B. Islam, 1979. Extension of Flounder shelf-life by Poly (hexamethylene biguanide hydrochloirde). Proceedings of the 4th Annual tropical and sub-tropical fisheries conference of the Americas, St. Petersburgh, FL April 22-25, pp137-149.
42. Islam, M.N. and N.B. Islam, 1979. Comparison of the efficacy of three potential Poultry Preservatives: Glutaraldehyde, Iodoacetamide, and Poly (hexamethylene biguanide hydrochloride). 39th Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, Chicago, IL, June 7-10.
43. Islam, M.N. 1979. Extension of Mackerel shelf-life by PHMB-treatment at the retail level. 24th Atlantic Fisheries Technological Conference, Danvers, Massachusetts. October 14-17.
44. Thomson, J.E., N.A. Cox, J. S. Bailey, and M.N. Islam, 1980. Elimination of Salmonella from processed broiler meat with PHMB. Annual meeting of the Southern Poultry Science Society, Atlanta, GA, January 22-23.
45. Islam, M. N. 1980. Effect of PHMB-treatment on the shelf-life Brown shrimp. 40th Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, New Or;leans, LA, June 8-11.
46. Islam, M. N. 1981. Preservation of bread by dimethyl fumarate. 41st Annual meeting of The Institute of Food Technologists, Atlanta, GA, June 4-7.
47. Islam, M. N. , R. Bautista, and R. Aleman, 1981. Short-term preservation of fresh papaya  by surface treatment. Third Annual Symposium of the International Association for the Advancement of Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries, Long Island University, Greenvale, New York, NY, November 19-22.
48. Islam, M. N. 1982. Role of Technology in reducing Post-harvest food losses. Proceedings of Conference on Technological Change and Rural Development, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, May 3-4, pp205-223.
49. Islam, M. N., L. Kittner, and N. B. Islam, 1982. Preservation of fresh fish by PHMB. AFST International Food Conference, Bangalore, India, May 23-24.
50. Islam, M. N., C. A. Wilson, and T. R. Watkins, 1982. Nutritional evaluation of seed of Salt-tolerant plant, Kosteletzkya virginica. AFST International Food Conference, Bangalore, India, May 23-24.
51. Islam, M. N. , F. R. Del Valle, and M. Lirio, 1983. Preservation of tortilla by Dimethyl Fumarate. 43rd Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, New Orleans, LA, June 19-22.
52. Islam, M. N., R. R. Genuario, and  M. Pappas-Sirois, 1985. Nutritional evaluation of Atriplex triangularis leaves for use as a vegetable. 45th Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, Atlanta, GA, June 9-12.
53. Griffith, F., M. Islam, P. Magargal, and A. Pinto, 1985. Introducing Osmo-solar dehydration Into Panama. XIII International Congress of Nutrition. Brighton, U.K. August 18-23.
54. Islam, M. N. and T. R. Watkins, 1986. Physical and Chemical characterisitics of Seashore mallow seed oil. 46th Annual meeeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, Dallas, TX, June 15-18.
55. Islam, M. N. and G. Benjamin, 1988. Osmo-solar dehydration of tropical fruits in Panama. 48th Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, New Orleans, LA, June 19-22.
56. Umoren, P. E. and M. N. Islam, 1989. Nutritional improvement of Chin-Chin by incorporation of soybean and amaranth. 49th Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, Chicago, IL, June 25-29.
57. Islam, M. N., T. Colon, and T. Vargas, 1989. Tropical fruits as a source of Vitamin C and the effects of incident sunlight thereupon. International Chemical Congress of Pacific  Basin Societies, Honolulu, HI, December 17-22.
58. Islam, M. N. 1990. Opportunities in the marketing of tropical fruits. Semi-Annual meeting of  the Panamanian Association of Small and Medium size industries (UNPYME), Panama August 27.
59. Espin, N. and  M. N. Islam 1996. Stabilization of Papain from Papaya peels. Annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, New Orleans, LA, June 22-26.
60. Murillo, E. Carrasquilla, L. and Islam, M. 2000. Compuestos fenólicos y actividad antioxidante de Frutas tropicales. XII Congreso Latinoamericano de Nutricion. November  12-16. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
61. Islam, M.N. 2000. Diversificación en la utilización de Papaya. VI Congreso Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, 30 de nov – 2 de dic., Panamá.
62. Islam, M.N. 2001. Industrialization of Mango in Panama. VII Congreso Nacional de Ciencia y  Tecnologia, 29 de nov – 1 de dic, Panamá.
63. Islam, M.N. 2002. Nutraceutical Products from Tropical Fruits. Workshop on Vitamins, Anti-Oxidants an Health. July 1-5. Institute of Food and Nutrition, University of Panama, Panama.
64. Islam, M.N. 2002. Research on Tropical Fruits in Panama. August 9. University of Maryland,  College Park, Maryland.
65. Islam, M.N. 2002. Diversificación en la Utilización de Papaya – Conferencia Especial. October 10. 21st Congreso Científico Nacional, Universidad de Panamá,  Panamá.
66. Islam, M.N. 2005. Comercializacion de Pisba en Panama. X Congreso Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, 17-20 de agosto, Panama.
67. Islam, M. N. 2005. Development and Marketing of Tropical Fruit-based Products. National  Conference of Rural Agro-industries, Santiago, Panama, Oct. 13-14, 2005.
68. Islam, M.N. 2006. El Turmeric – Salud y Sabor. IIIer Seminario: Red de Estudios de la Vejez   – Centro America y el Caribe, 11 -13 Octubre, Panamá.
69. Islam, M. N. 2008. Degenerative diseases and the Nutraceuticals. Seminar on Aging at the  University of Panama, Las Tablas, Panama, January 25.
70. Islam, M. N. 2008. Nutrición y su acción en la salud ósea. Seminario de FOSEMO: Osteoporosis en Atención Primaria y Prevención de la Discapacidad, 23-25 de Octubre, Panama.
71. Islam, M. N. 2010. Optimizing physical and mental health through Diet and Yoga. Celebration of World Health Day at the University of Panama, Panama April  7.
72. Islam, M.N. 2010. Nuevas tendencias en la Prevención de la Osteoporosis. Featured speaker at National Conference on Osteoporosis. June, 26, Panamá, Republic of Panamá (http://mensual.prensa.com/mensual/contenido/2010/07/06/hoy/vivir/2250686.asp).
73. Islam, M.N. 2011. Dietary prevention of Osteoporosis. Seminar at the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, February  4.
74. Islam, M.N. 2012. Osteoporosis – Más allá de Calcio. Conviviencia Educativa – Fundacion  de Osteoprosis (www.fosemo.org), Panama, 7 de julio.
75. Islam, M.N. 2012. Astaxantina – Antioxidante Maravilloso. Panama Food expo 2012, Panama, 18 de julio (www.ingenieriadealimentos.com).
76. Islam, M.N. 2012. Potential cultivation and Comercialization of Turmeric in Panama.XIV  Congreso Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (www.apanac.org) , Panama, 17 de octubre.
77. Islam, M.N. 2013. Los carotenoides como fuente de antioxidantes para la salud humana. III  Panama Food Expo, 18-20 de julio, Panama.

Organizations (Memberships & Honors)

1. Member: Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Gamma Sigma Delta
2. Honorary Citizenship of Baton Rouge, LA: Awarded by Mayor-President for academic excellence at Louisiana State University
3. Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Human Resource, Univ. of Delaware, 1980
4. Member: Institute of Food Technologists ,American Chemical Society, Intl. Amigo of the Organization of the American States, and American Assoc. of Univ. Professors
5. Listed in Amer. Men & Women of Science
6. Listed in  Who’s Who in Technology Today
7. Degree of Appreciation Award, University of Delaware, May ’97
8. Listed in Who´s Who of Asian Americans
9. Member: Florida Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council, September 8, 2010 – September 30, 2012.
10. Member: Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC), July, 2012
11. Vice President, Osteoporosis Foundation (www.fosemo.org) , Panama, 2013-2015

Teaching (1974-2013)

Introductory Food Science
Human Nutrition
Food Processing
Food, Nutrition, and Dietary Adequacy
Food Chemistry
The Science of Nutrition
Food Analysis
Seminar in Food Science
Food Principles Laboratory
Tropical Fruits
Global Food Technology

Fellowships & Scholarships

Fulbright Fellowship (USA): University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1989
Ford Foundation Fellowship (USA): Louisiana State University, 1969-1972
National Bank of Pakistan Fellowship: Dhaka University, 1968
University Tuition Scholarship: Dhaka University, 1963-1967
Talent Scheme Scholarship: B.M. College & Dhaka University, 1961-1967