Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun

K M Shahunja is a physician and clinical researcher. He completed his MBBS degree from Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College, Bangladesh and Post Graduate Diploma in Paediatrics and Child Health from Imperial College London, UK. Before joining to UQ, he worked for about nine years at an international research organization ( in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His main interest of research includes child respiratory and alimentary diseases and malnutrition. So far, he has completed some clinical researches including clinical trials and published number of papers in peer-reviewed journals. With a PhD scholarship from QAEHS, he is intending to complete his research to see the effects of family and neighbourhood environmental changes on asthma and lung function of Australian children.


Journal articles:

Chisti MJ, Shahid AS, Shahunja KM, Banu S, Raqib R, Shahrin L, Islam SB, Sharifuzzaman S, Saha H, Alam T, Rahman MW. Comparative performance of modified Kenneth Jones criteria scoring, World Health Organization criteria and antibodies in lymphocyte supernatant for diagnosing tuberculosis in severely malnourished children presenting with pneumonia. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2019;7:406

Chowdhury F, Ghosh PK, Shahunja KM, Shahid AS, Shahrin L, Sarmin M, et al. Hyperkalemia Was an Independent Risk Factor for Death While Under Mechanical Ventilation Among Children Hospitalized With Diarrhea in Bangladesh. Global Pediatric Health. 2018;5:2333794X17754005.

Nuzhat S, Ahmed T, Kawser CA, Khan AI, Islam SR, Shahrin L, Shahunja KM, et al. Age specific fast breathing in under-five diarrheal children in an urban hospital: Acidosis or pneumonia? PloS one. 2017;12(9):e0185414.

Chisti MJ, Shahunja KM, Afroze F, Shahid AS, Ahmed T. Hypoxaemia and septic shock were independent risk factors for mechanical ventilation in Bangladeshi children hospitalised for diarrhoea. Acta Paediatrica. 2017.

Chisti MJ, Salam MA, Shahid AS, Shahunja KM, Das SK, Faruque ASG, et al. Diagnosis of Tuberculosis Following World Health Organization–Recommended Criteria in Severely Malnourished Children Presenting With Pneumonia. Global Pediatric Health. 2017;4:2333794X16686871.

Shahunja KM, Ahmed T, Hossain MI, Das SK, Faruque ASG, Islam MM, et al. Factors Associated With Pneumonia Among Overweight and Obese Under-Five Children in an Urban Hospital of a Developing Country. Global pediatric health. 2016;3:2333794X16672528.

Shahunja KM, Ahmed T, Faruque ASG, Shahid ASMSB, Das SK, Shahrin L, et al. Experience with nosocomial infection in children under 5 treated in an urban diarrheal treatment center in Bangladesh. Global pediatric health. 2016;3:2333794X16634267.

Shahunja KM, Leung DT, Ahmed T, Bardhan PK, Ahmed D, Qadri F, et al. Factors associated with non-typhoidal Salmonella bacteremia versus typhoidal Salmonella bacteremia in patients presenting for care in an urban diarrheal disease hospital in Bangladesh. PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 2015;9(9):e0004066.

Chisti MJ, Salam MA, Smith JH, Ahmed T, Pietroni MA, Shahunja KM, et al. Bubble continuous positive airway pressure for children with severe pneumonia and hypoxaemia in Bangladesh: an open, randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 2015;386(9998):1057-65.

Chisti MJ, Ahmed T, Shahid AS, Shahunja KM, Bardhan PK, Faruque ASG, et al. Sociodemographic, Epidemiological, and Clinical Risk Factors for Childhood Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Severely Malnourished Children Presenting With Pneumonia: Observation in an Urban Hospital in Bangladesh. Global pediatric health. 2015;2:2333794X15594183.