Dr Fatima Naim Eftekhari
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Dr Fatima Naim is a research fellow and domain leader for crops in QUT. She is a molecular biologist in the field of plant biotechnology with current projects focusing on genomics, gene harmony, genome editing and metabolic engineering in plants. Commencing her education in 2004 with a B.Sc. majoring in Genetics and Chemistry from the University of Western Australia, Fatima went onto completing Honours in Chemistry 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 Professor Jacqueline Batley.
In 2013, Fatima joined Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities within QUT and facilitated the relocation of Waterhouse’s laboratory to QUT. During this time, she completed her Ph.D. and was awarded with the degree of doctor of philosophy in October 2014. Dr Naim is currently leading projects on developing tools for precise genome engineering of plants. She uses genomics approaches to better understand chromatin landscape and their influence on cellular mechanisms. Dr Naim is also leading a project on extraction of valuable products from banana biomass waste funded by QUT’s Institute for Future Environments. Dr Naim is actively collaborating with colleagues nationally and internationally on projects involving gene editing and metabolic engineering.
Gene editing and transgene design
Delivery of stuff into plant cell using novel methods
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management, Agricultural Biotechnology, Manufacturing Engineering
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- PhD Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (University of Sydney)
Professional memberships and associations
Member of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists
Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists