About Dr. Rahman


Azizur Rahman, Ph.D., is currently serving as a Research Head/Director of the Center for Climate Change Research (CCCR), University of Toronto (ONRamp at UTE), and President of the Environmental Solutions, under the entrepreneurship program of ICUBE, University of Toronto at Mississauga. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Ryukyus, Japan and conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Department of Chemistry, University of Ryukyus, funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS). He also served as Humboldt Fellow (funded by Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation) at the University of Munich, Germany for two years. After completion of his Humboldt fellowship, he joined at the University of Toronto in 2013. He pursues a broad range of research interests that include environment and climate change, freshwater/marine biology, drug discovery, biomineralization, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biotechnology, and protein biochemistry. Dr. Rahman has authored more than 100 scientific articles, several books, and many book chapters. His interdisciplinary research has been recognized by over 20 major national and international awards, including several best paper awards and a gold medal. He is a recipient of the Presidential Honorary Award for Scientists, the highest honor given by the University of Ryukyus in Japan for outstanding novel research findings. Dr. Rahman also received the Top Peer-Reviewers Award (2017 - 2020) recognized by the Publons. See his medal at the Publons: https://publons.com/a/1204646

He is currently serving as an Editorial Board of the International Journals “Marine Drugs”, “Polysaccharides”, and “Journal of Marine Science and Engineering”, and Editor with four special issues on these journals. Dr. Rahman serves as a reviewer for the Science Magazine, Marine Drugs, Scientific Reports
(Nature Publishing Group), Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Nature Materials, Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), ChemBioChem, Process Biochemistry, Marine Biotechnology, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters, Materials Chemistry and Physics, The Biological Bulletin, Applied Water Science (Springer), Current Organic Chemistry, and Database (Oxford University Press), among others.

Dr. Rahman is passionate about Science in promoting communities through innovation and entrepreneurship and by applying his diverse background. He is also a serial entrepreneur who has founded a number of companies and non-profit organizations strapped to social innovation and the science community.



  • Top Peer Reviewers’ Award (International) in Cross-Field (publons.com /a/1204646/ )
    (to date: Verified reviews: 134; Verified editor records: 47)


  • Top Peer Reviewers’ Award (International) in Pharmacology and Toxicology (see
    publons.com /a/1204646/ )
  • Global Peer Review Award recipient - Web of Science Group




  • The Best Paper Young Scientists Award from the Ocean’10, Sydney, Australia (Prizes: Certificate and $2500+Roundtrip travel fee and accommodation)


  • Third place award for a poster presentation from the Ocean ’08-MTS/IEEE
    International Conference, Canada (Prizes: Certificate and $ 2000+Roundtrip travel fee and


  • The Presidential Award from the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan
    (Awarded prizes: Certificate and Medal)
  • Travel Award from the Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (KSBMB),
    Seoul, Korea (Awarded money: $1000)


  • Young Scientists Award from the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular
    Biology (IUBMB) (Awarded prizes: Certificate and $ 2000+Roundtrip travel fee and
  • The Best Paper Award from the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    (IUBMB), International Conference of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Kyoto, Japan
  • Young Investigator Award from the 20th International Symposium on Microscale
    Bioseparations (MSB2006), Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Prizes: Certificate and $1000)
  • Student Award from the 7th International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB-2006),
    Yokohama, Japan (Awarded money: $2000)
  • Travel Award from the International Society for Reef Studies–European Meeting (ISRS
    2006), Bremen, Germany (Awarded money: $1200)


  • Young Scientist Award from the 7th International Marine Biotechnology Conference,
    Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (Awarded money: $1500)


  • Young Scientists Award from the 3rd International Proteomics Conference at the Grand Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan (Gold Medal, Roundtrip Travel fee, and accommodation)
  • LOCAP Award from the 10th International Coral Reef Symposium, Convention Center,
    Okinawa, Japan
Research News in media

UofT News

U of T study reveals building blocks of coralline algae off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador
Full Article


This document (translated below) recorded the important scientific findings of Dr. Rahman when he was in Japan. In 2008, Dr. Rahman’s discoveries were published in Japanese famous newspaper “The RYUKYU SHIMPO”, Japanese TV, Radio, NHK news with many interviews in the media. English Translation


In Germany (2011), he led a research team and discovered biomolecules in the mineral which has a very vital impact in Environmental Sciences. This news (press release) was published in more than 100 scientific communities and journal’s news around the world More News in the Media
  1. https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-study-reveals-building-blocks-coralline-algae-coast-newfoundland-and-labrador
  2. https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/main-news/under-sea-study-reveals-secret-building-blocks-northern-algae
  3. https://twitter.com/UTM/status/1185918609316552707
  4. https://www.en.palaeontologie.geowissenschaften.uni-muenchen.de/aktuelles/newsinfos/humboldt/index.html
Editor and Editorial Board Member

Special Issue Editor
Special issue topic: Collagen from Marine Biological Source and Medical Applications
Journal: Marine Drugs, Publisher: MDPI
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Special Issue Editor
Special issue topic: Marine Skeletal Biopolymers and Proteins, and Their Biomedical Application
Journal: Marine Drugs, Publisher: MDPI
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Special Issue Editor
Special issue topic: "Marine Skeletal Biopolymers and Proteins 2"
Journal: Marine Drugs, Publisher: MDPI

Special Issue Editor
Special issue topic: "COVID-19 and Marine Resources"
Journal: COVID, Publisher: MDPI

Editorial Board
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (Marine Science Section)

Editorial Board
Journal: Marine Drugs

Editorial Board
Journal: Polysaccharides

Editorial Board
Journal: Biopolymers Research

Editorial Board
Asian Journal of Advanced Research and Reports

Membership Of Academic Society
  • Climate Change Professionals
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • Humboldt Foundation, Munich Branch, Germany
  • Lifelong Humboldtian of Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
  • Coral Reef Society in Japan



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