Dr Samia Elfekih

Research Scientist/Engineer

Contact details:

  • PO BAG 24


Dr Samia Elfekih’s main research interests are focused on using population genomics and bioinformatics to address questions related to food security and global human health. She is particularly interested in the genomics of invasive pests and the possible effects of climate change on their distribution and invasion pathways. She is also interested in using eco-friendly strategies such as Wolbachia replacement strategies for mosquito control, to manage dengue fever in regions where this disease and other vector-borne diseases are underreported. Dr Elfekih has been leading several international collaborations with institutions in the UK, US and Australia. Dr Elfekih is an entrepreneur of science through developing and leading and scaling international projects in the field. She has outstanding skills in innovation, design thinking, diplomacy and project management, bringing a deep understanding of the inter-dependencies between operations, business needs and cutting-edge science.

Other Interests

Science diplomacy
Women in Science advocacy
Diversity and Inclusion policy
Humanitarian Volunteering
International development
Global Outreach

Current Roles

  • Project leader

  • Research Scientist

Academic Qualifications

  • 2020

    Certificate of Executive Leadership and Development -CEMD
    UNSW Business School

  • 2019

    Certificate of Entrepreneurship acceleration program
    the Wharton School - Univ of Pennsylvania

Professional Experiences

  • 2020-present

    member MAICD
    Australian Institute of Company Directors AICD

  • 2016-Present

    Research Scientist/Engineer

  • 2016-present

    Honorary research fellow
    University of Melbourne

  • 2017-2018

    Academic visitor
    University of Cambridge

  • 2013-2016

    Postdoctoral researcher

  • 2011-2013

    Postdoctoral researcher
    Imperial College London/Natural History Museum

  • 2010-2011

    Postdoctoral researcher
    UC Riverside

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2022

    Julius Career development Award
    Research office -CSIRO

  • 2016-2016

    Biochemical Society- travel award- SMBE 2016
    Biochemical Society UK

  • 2015-2015

    Genetic Society -training grant
    Genetic Society UK

  • 2014-2014

    Chairman's Medal

  • 2011-2013

    UNESCO-L'Oreal For Women in Science award
    L'Oreal foundation

  • 2011-2011

    Royal Entomological Society conference award
    Royal Entomological Society UK

  • 2007-2008

    Fulbright fellowship
    US department of State (USA)

Other highlights

  • 2015-2015

    Invited speaker at PAG Asia, Singapore

  • 2014-2014

    Invited speaker at PAG XXII (International Plant and Animal Genome meeting), USA

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2020-2020

    facilitator at Pandemics and Peacebuilders majlis- Mediators Beyond Borders INTERNATIONAL

  • 2017-2017

    Panellist - Fulbright alumni workshop- public health in MENA region-Egypt

  • 2013-present

    22 reviews for 6 journals (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, BMC genomics, PlosOne, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology)

  • 2012-2012

    workshop committee- Higher Education and Professional Responsibility- UNESCO Venice Office