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Dr Fatima Naim Eftekhari
Research Associate in Genomics
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Genetics & Biotechnology
Discipline *
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management, Agricultural Biotechnology, Manufacturing Engineering
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PhD Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (University of Sydney)

Professional memberships
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Member of the University Biosafety Committee

Member of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists

Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Fatima Naim is a molecular biologist in the field of plant biotechnology with over 10 years industry experience spanning a variety of projects. Dr Naim’s current field of study is focused on transgene design, gene harmony and genome editing in plants. Commencing her education in 2004 with a BSc majoring in Genetics and Chemistry from the University of Western Australia, Fatima went onto completing Honours in Chemical Education with Professor Bob Bucat.

Upon graduation, Dr Naim gained relevant industry experience in her capacity as an analytical chemist at ALS (a prominent global organisation). In 2008 she joined CSIRO Minerals and worked on multiple projects involving gold extraction methods and bauxite purification. Fatima relocated to Canberra in 2010 to commence her PhD project on metabolic engineering of lipid pathways in seeds and leaves under the supervision of Dr Craig Wood (CSIRO) and Professor Peter Waterhouse (University of Sydney). Whilst completing her PhD thesis Fatima assisted with key projects including the analysis of high oleic acid safflower seed oil being led by Dr Craig Wood, and prepared NGS libraries for various plant species being led by Prof Jacqueline Batley.

In 2013, Fatima was responsible for facilitating the relocation of Waterhouse’s laboratory to the Queensland University of Technology. This resulted in her joining the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities within QUT. During this time, she completed her PhD and was awarded with the degree of doctor of philosophy in October 2014. Dr Naim is currently leading projects on precise genome engineering of plants. This project is under Professor Waterhouse’s laureate fellowship awarded in 2016. Dr Naim is also leading a project on extraction of valuable products from banana biomass waste funded by QUT’s Institute for Future Environments.

Apart from leading various projects, Dr Naim is actively collaborating with colleagues nationally and internationally on projects involving gene editing and metabolic engineering.

Interests include:

Gene editing and transgene design


Metabolic engineering

Delivery of stuff into plant cell using novel methods



This information has been contributed by Dr Fatima Naim Eftekhari.


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