Farley Kwok van der Giezen

Farley Kwok van der Giezen, AFHEA

Dr, Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M316), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) (Genetics) 2012-2015 The University of Western Australia

Master of Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) 2017-2018 The University of Western Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) 2019-2023 The University of Western Australia


My research furthers our understanding of RNA editing in plant chloroplast and mitochondria. I use genomics and trancsriptomics techniques to study non-model organisms such as ferns and lycophytes to investigate the evolution of plant RNA editing, with particular interest in the unqiue phenomenon of uridine to cytidine conversion.

I also use molecular biology techniques to engineer new to nature RNA binding proteins to better understand the mechanisms of RNA editing, and create engineered proteins to improve crops and make targeted modifications to RNA.

Funding overview

I am currently employed on an appointment to an ARC Discovery grant working with Professor Ian Small.

Teaching overview

I have taught in several undergraduate and masters courses over the past six years. I have also helped to supervise several honours and masters students for their research projects and dissertations. 

I am an associate fellow of the higher education academy.

Teaching philosophy

I like to work with individual or small groups of students to guide them to identify their own learning style and gaps of knowledge. This directed attention often greatly helps students adjust to greater levels of intersectionality inherent in molecular biology which they encounter as they progress from their undergraduate to postgraduate studies.

Education/Academic qualification

Biotechnology, Master, Identification of cis- regulatory elements in the Marchantia polymorpha chloroplast genome, The University of Western Australia

5 Mar 20177 Mar 2019

Award Date: 7 Mar 2019

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bachelor, Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia

28 Feb 201211 Dec 2015

Award Date: 11 Dec 2015

Research expertise keywords

  • RNA-binding proteins
  • RNA biology
  • Plant biology
  • Synthetic biology
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Biochemistry


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