• The University of Western Australia (M090,M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Aria pursued his master’s degree in agronomy. In 2015, he embarked on a journey to Australia to undertake a PhD in crop genetics and genomics, specifically focusing on plant-microbe interactions, particularly in the Leptosphaeria maculans and canola pathosystems.

Roles and responsibilities

As a dedicated researcher, Aria's role encompasses a range of responsibilities. From his early days at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) in WA, where he served as a Technical Officer, to his current position at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in the Batley Lab as a Research Associate, his responsibilities have spanned various facets of agricultural research. He engages in both wet and dry lab work, executes data analysis, and utilises bioinformatic tools and methods.


During his PhD, Aria's research journey commenced with a focus on crop genetics, delving into the intricate dynamics of plant-microbe interactions. This initial phase laid the foundation for his subsequent research endeavours, including investigating the seismic effects on pear oysters during his time at DPIRD and delving into the complexities of verticillium stripe disease in canola during his postdoctoral research at the University of Manitoba.

Research interests

His primary research interests lie in unravelling the mysteries of plant-pathogen interactions, specifically focusing on disease resistance in Brassica species. Exploring the genetic basis of resistance against blackleg disease in canola fuels his passion for understanding and enhancing crop resilience.

Current projects

Currently, as a Research Associate in the Batley Lab at UWA, he is deeply immersed in projects that aim to uncover and explore resistance genes in Brassica species concerning blackleg disease. This multifaceted role requires proficiency in wet and dry lab techniques and adept data analysis and visualisation skills using bioinformatic tools and software.

Future research

Aria's future research aspirations involve advancing our understanding of plant-pathogen interactions and contributing to developing strategies for sustainable crop management. He is particularly interested in exploring novel avenues for disease resistance in crops and leveraging advanced technologies to enhance agricultural productivity.

Previous positions

Technical Officer, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Australia.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba, Canada.

Research Officer, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia. 


Fluent in Persian and English, Aria brings a multicultural perspective to his research endeavours, fostering effective communication and collaboration in diverse academic environments.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Characterising the role of Brassica napus genomic structural variation in disease resistance, The University of Western Australia


Award Date: 29 Mar 2019

MSc, Effect of vitamin C foliar application on physiological and morphological traits of grain corn (Zea mays L.) under water deficit stress


Award Date: 18 Mar 2008



External positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Manitoba

1 Feb 202131 Jul 2022

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology

Research expertise keywords

  • Crops Physiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Agronomy
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Crops Genomics
  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation
  • Bioinformatics


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