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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, Computing and Engineering Technologies, 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 STEMM" and her aspiration is to further recognition of research impact especially in the field of medical/environmental microbiology and STEMM education.

She leads WIL initiatives (Shaping STEMM Futures) and collaborates intensively with industry, community organisations and university services to develop students’ employability skills and showcase best practice. She believes community knowledge is a powerful force and her aim is to empower students to act as science communicators to lead and shape the future of STEMM. 

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

Effective microorganisms: Microbial diversity and its effect on the growth of chia seeds considering space conditions

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

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

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 - 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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