Yasmeen Haque completed her undergraduate studies from the Department of Physics, Dhaka University and then went to USA in 1976 for her Ph.D. She obtained her Ph.D from the University of Washington in 1984, where she also did her post doctoral work. Her Ph.D work involved the deposition of Plasma Polymerized thin films of varying surface energies. The goal was to use these surfaces as biomaterial implants. The profitable patented outcome of this work provided many interesting thin films.
Yasmeen Haque returned to Bangladesh in, with her family, in 1994 to join the Department of Physics at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet. Along with her teaching load she introduced theoretical courses in Nonlinear Optics to the undergraduate and graduate students from 1997. The relatively new field of Nonlinear Optics (NLO) offered the scope of doing interesting experimental physics at viable expenses.
The golden opportunity to set up a state of the art, sophisticated Nonlinear Optics Research Laboratory became possible in 2011 with a UGC/WB grant under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Program (HEQEP). This enabled research, with Ph.D students, studying fundamental properties of nonlinear optical materials. The experimental research work done in the NLO Research Laboratory led the researchers to look into the possible potential applications of their interesting results. In 2016 a second HEQEP project was awarded to the Department of Physics under which a very modern Nonlinear BioOptics Laboratory has been set up. The goal is to study the nonlinear optical parameters of biomolecules. Detection of cancer biomarkers is of prime interest. Initial positive experimental outcome has resulted in the recent submission of a provisional patent in Bangladesh and the US.