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Dr Bita Zaferanloo

Senior Lecturer - Microbial Biotechnology


Dr. Bita Zaferanloo, a seasoned microbial biotechnologist, is committed to pioneering sustainable solutions for human health, environmental preservation, and agricultural advancement. With a primary focus on exploring novel bioactive compounds sourced from unique endophytes indigenous to Australian flora, she tackles pressing challenges in these domains.

Driven by a passion for multidisciplinary pedagogy, Dr. Zaferanloo leverages innovative teaching methodologies to nurture the next generation of leaders. Through collaborative endeavors and recognition for her outstanding partnerships, she harnesses collective intelligence to tackle intricate real-world issues. Since joining the School of Science, Computing, and Engineering Technologies, she has honed her expertise, aspiring to amplify her impact both nationally and internationally in medical/environmental microbiology and STEM education.

At the forefront of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) initiatives like the Shaping STEM Futures Program, Dr. Zaferanloo collaborates closely with industry, community entities, governmental bodies, and university stakeholders. Her vision is to empower students as science communicators, enabling them to shape the trajectory of STEM and drive positive change.

Research interests

Biotechnology; Food Science; Microbiology; Environmental Microbiology; Medical Microbiology; Biodiversity

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Endophyte Diversity and Its Influence on Chia Seed Growth in Space Conditions:

Enhancing the Nutritional Value of Economic Crops Through Fungal Endophyte Inoculation:

Unlocking the Therapeutic Potential: Metabolites of Endophytic Fungi from Australian Native Plants as Anticancer Agents:


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Analysis of antibacterial peptides of fungal endophytes from Australian native medicinal plants:

Fungal microbiome analysis during in-vessel composting process:

Metabolic Mining of Endophytic Fungi for Agricultural and Medicinal Applications:

Metabolic Mining of Endophytic Fungi for Bioactive Compounds: An Alternative Solution to Aquaculture Pathogens:

Metabolic Mining of Endophytic Fungi for Bioactive Compounds: An Alternative Solution to Control Drug-Resistant Bacteria:

Fields of Research

  • Microbiology - 310700
  • Medical Biotechnology - 320600
  • Environmental Biotechnology - 410300

Teaching areas

Biotechnology;Microbiology;Molecular Biology;Research Skills;Communication for Scientists;Biotechnology Project


  • 2011, International, Best Poster Prize from The American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology
  • 2010, Swinburne, The scholarship Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award (SUPRA), Swinburne University of Technology


Also published as: Zaferanloo, Bita; Zaferanloo, B.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Exploring endophytes of traditional medicinal plants native to Australia: a potential source of novel bioactive compounds with medicinal, agricultural, and industrial applications. *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

* Chief Investigator

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