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Mrs Fardina Rahimi MBiomedSci

Postgraduate research student

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Mrs Fardina Rahimi is a postgraduate research student within Biological Sciences, University of Southampton.

Scientific researches have big impact on our life. These includes things like improvements in our health and life-expectancy, reduced losses from natural disasters, or simply more dollars in the bank from commercial exploitation of scientific discoveries.

I am curious about the interactions between different organisms and their effect on themselves, the world around us as well as human life. Food security is a priority for any nation, given the current concerns over climate change, land use and the decline in the agricultural labour force. It is thus important to ramp up food production efforts in an innovative manner in the face of a projected rise in population and limited availability of arable land. I look forward to the opportunities to explore about different species and apply my finding from the lab to global levels.

My current research focuses on the interaction between Drosophila Suzukii and Drosophila Melanogaster species, in the aim of controlling the pest species and implementing a safe and effective way to stop it’s billion-dollar damage on the world.

2016-2020: Master of Biomedical Sciences (at University of Southampton, passed with first-class honours)

Research interests

During my third year project, I did a nucleic acid based project where I used CRISPR CAS9 techniques to knock in CHK1 gene with GFP. CHK1 is one of the genes which is involved in the cell cycle; this was done under the supervision of Professor Nullin Divecha and Dr Marcin Przewloka. For my Master project, I worked on a Neuroscience based project under the supervision of Professor Herman Wijnen. I looked at how Circadian Clock synchronizes to daily temperature cycles and I used Drosophila Melanogater as a model organism.

During my second rotation I worked in the faculty of medicine in human development and health department. This was done under the supervision of Professor Rohan Lewis, Professor Sarah Newbury and Dr Jane Cleal. The aim of the project was to look at the role of endometrial gland derived extracellular vesicles in mediating an optimal uterine environment by comparing the samples from a group of fertile women with samples from women who suffer from recurrent miscarriage. I analysed the RNA-seq data, electron microscopy images from endometrial gland and performed RT-qPCR to understand the role of these microvesicles and miRNA inside them. I believe that a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of recurrent implantation failure will ultimately give rise to better treatment opportunities and to better outcomes in IVF and ICSI.

Research project: Genetic basis of interspecies oviposition deterrents impacting the horticultural pest, Drosophila suzukii


Herman Wijnen (SoBS, USoton),
Bethan Shaw (EMR)
Michelle Fountain (EMR)

Funding Agency: South Coast Biosciences Doctoral Training Programme (SoCoBio DTP)

Research group

Plants and Food Security

Affiliate research group

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS)

Demonstrator for BIOL2056 Cell Biology

Mrs Fardina Rahimi
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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