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Dr Bita Zaferanloo



Dr Bita Zaferanloo attended the Ferdowsi University for her undergraduate studies in Agriculture Engineering and continued her Master studies in the field of Biotechnology working on her project titled: "Transformation of proteinase inhibitor gene to cotton using Agrobacterium spp. for producing pest-resistant cotton". She obtained her PhD from the Department of Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at the Swinburne University of Technology in the field of Microbial Biotechnology working on natural products and drug discovery. Her project investigated endophytes from Australian native plants as novel sources of bioactive compounds with industrial, environmental and medicinal applications.

Since her academic appointment as the lecturer in the school of science, she has started to explore and develop a profound passion and broad aptitude for learning, teaching and research. Her research interests are focused on “Natural Products and Drug Discovery” and “Student Engagement in STEM “and her aspiration is to further recognition of research impact especially in the field of medical/environmental microbiology and STEM education.

Research interests

Biotechnology; Food Science; Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Environmental Microbiology; Medical Microbiology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Metabolites of endophytic fungi from Australian native plants as potential anticancer agents.

What is the importance of endophytic microbial biogeography for making regionally characteristic antibacterial?


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Fungal microbiome analysis during in-vessel composting process.

Metalobic mining of endophytic fungi for bioactive compunds: an alternative solution to aquaculture pathogenes.

Metalobic mining of endophytic fungi for bioactive compunds: an alternative solution to control drug-resistant bacteria.

Metalobic mining of endophytic fungi with agricultural applications

Fields of Research

  • Microbiology - 060500
  • Medical Biotechnology - 100400
  • Environmental Biotechnology - 100200

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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