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Clinical Hematology and Cancer Biology

Facility Head: Dr. Hafizur Rahman, MBBS

Dr Hafizur Rahman is a haematopathologist working as Head of Clinical Haematology and Cancer Biology Laboratory under icddr,b’s Laboratory Sciences and Services Division. The institute is a Bangladesh-based international health research institute that strives to solve key public health problems through high quality scientific research and innovation. 

Dr Rahman graduated from Rangpur Medical College, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh in 1996. After completing his internship training, he started his career at Dhaka Shishu Hospital, the largest paediatric hospital in Bangladesh in 1997 as a Medical Officer in the Department of Pathology. He then completed FCPS (Haematology) Part-I (basic) in January 2003 from Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons and then undertook a four year fellowship training at the Haematology department at BSM Medical University. Dr Rahman joined icddr,b in 2006 as Senior Scientific Officer in Clinical Laboratories and he is currently serving as Head of Clinical Haematology and Cancer Biology Laboratory. His clinical interest is haemoglobinopathies and thalassemia as they have a very high prevalent in Bangladesh. He has also been associated with the thalassaemia community in Bangladesh for more than 20 years. Dr Rahman is also a member of “National Thalassemia Core Committee”. He has numerous publications in both national and internationally acclaimed journals including AJTMH, JHPN, BMC blood and BCPS journals.

The haematology laboratory provides routine haematology assays and specialty haematology testing for the Dhaka hospital, staff clinic and outreach. The laboratory strives to deliver high-quality, clinically impactful and cost-effective diagnostic services that are crucial to outstanding patient care. The lab is able to operate a wide range of basic and complex investigations including full blood count and blood film, ‘reflex’ analysis of blood smears and cytopathologic examination of body fluids; cytochemistry on blood and bone marrow; laboratory evaluation of coagulopathies and hypercoagulability; thalassaemia screening and identification of abnormal haemoglobins including specialty testing for hereditary spherocytosis and sickle cell disease;immunophenotyping of acute and chronic leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma and detection of minimal residual diseases (MRD) by flow cytometry and molecular cytogenetics (RT-PCR) for diagnosis and prognostications of various leukaemias and lymphomas.

The laboratory has been a leader in auto-verification of routine hematology testing to speed both urgent care and protocol-driven clinical management, as well as cutting edge diagnostics for rapid identification of sepsis and hypercoagulable risk.

Lab Services Menu

Test Name

Absolute Leucocyte Count

Alpha and Beta thalassemia mutation detection (a15 MY, b25 MY)

Alpha thalassemia mutation detection (a15 MY)

AML with inv (16)/t(16;16)

AML with t (15;17)

AML with t (15;17)/t(8;21)/inv(16)/t(16;16)

AML with t (8;21)

Antithrombin Ill (ATIII)


    also known as : Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time

Basophils (absolute value)

BCR-ABL (Qualitative)

BCR-ABL (Quantitative)

Beta thalassemia mutation detection (b25 MY)

Blood Grouping & Rh Typing

Bone Marrow Aspiration

Bone Marrow cytology by Microscopy

Bone Marrow for Fungus by Microscopy

Bone Marrow L.D. Bodies by Visual Microscopy


    also known as : Bleeding Time (BT) and Clotting Time (CT)

Cell Morphology (PBF)

    also known as : Blood Film, Peripheral Blood Smear

Circulating Eosinophil Count

Coombs Test (direct/indirect)



Diff. Leucocyte Count

Eosinophils (absolute value)


    also known as : Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate


Flow Cytometry for Acute Leukemia Panel

Flow Cytometry for CD56

Flow Cytometry for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) panel

Hb Electrophoresis by Capillary method




    also known as : Complete Blood Count (CBC)

Immunofixation test

JAK 2 Mutation assay (Qualitative)

L.E. Cells

Lymphocyte (absolute value)

Malaria Parasite (MP) by microscopy




Monocyte (absolute value)

Neutrophil (absolute value)

NPM 1 Mutation assay (Qualitative)

Osmatic Fragility Test (OFT)

Platelet Count

Protein Electrophoresis by Capillary method

Prothrombin Time (PT/INR)

    also known as : Prothrombin Time and International Normalized Ratio (PT/INR), PT, INR

RBC Count


Red Cell Indices

Reticulocyte count

Review of bone marrow aspirates study/Touch imprints cytology

Review of Bone Marrow Cytology/LD Bodies/Fungus

Review of peripheral blood smear (PBS)

Screening for Crossmatch

Sickle Cell Test

Total Leucocyte Count