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Directors | Research Team | Postdoctoral Fellows | Postgraduate Researchers

Directors

Professor Fariba Dehghani

Director of ARC Biotechnology and Food Processing Training Centre, Director of Bioengineering Research, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Professor Fariba Dehghani's work in bioengineering research focuses on developing technologies for processing biomaterials, with particular emphasis on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Fariba's research aims to develop sustainable, low-energy, benign processes for manufacturing bio-products and to reduce organic solvent consumption.

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Professor Robyn McConchie

Head of Department Dept of Plant and Food Sciences

Professor Robyn McConchie has a BSc (Plant Science) from Wye College, University of London, an MA (Education and Work) from Macquarie University and PhD from Louisiana State University (USA). She has been teaching and researching in the area of postharvest quality of perishable and grain crops for the past 15 years at the University of Sydney and is currently of Head of the Department of Plant and Food Sciences.

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Research Team

Dr John Kavanagh
Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Laboratories
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Barton
Professor
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Professor Dianne Wiley
Professor and Head of School
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Associate Professor Vincent Gomes
Director, Integrated Polymer and Systems Engineering Undergraduate Studies
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Professor David Fletcher
Adjunct Professor
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Associate Professor Ali Abbas
Director of the Laboratory for Multiscale Systems

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Professor David Raubenheimer
Leonard P Ullmann Chair in Nutritional Ecology
Faculty of Veterinary Science,
Charles Perkins Centre

Professor Les Copeland
Professor of Agriculture
Dept of Plant and Food Science
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

Dr Kim-Yen Phan Thien
Teaching and Research Fellow, Food and Agribusiness
Dept of Plant and Food Science
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

Associate Professor Qihan Dong
Honorary Associate Professor
Medicine, Central Clinical School
Bosch Institute
Sydney Medical School

Professor Elmira Arab-Tehrany
Professor
Department of Foods
University of Lorraine, France

Professor Kevin Downard
Professor
Faculty of Medicine
University of NSW


Postdoctoral Fellows


Postgraduate researchers

Andrea Talbot - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Fariba Dehghani, Dr. John Kavanagh
E: andrea@agricure.com.au
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2010, B. App. Sc. (Food and Wine Science), Charles Sturt University, Australia
- 2006, B. App. Sc. (Medical Laboratory Science), Charles Sturt University, Australia

Audrey Luiz - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Dr. John Kavanagh, Emeritus Professor Geoff Barton
E: audreyl@uni.sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2013, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2012, French « diplôme d'ingénieur Chimie ParisTech », MSc (Chemical Science and Engineering - molecular chemistry), Chimie ParisTech (ENSCP), Paris, France.
- 2007- 2009, University-level preparation for the nationwide competitive entrance exams of the French «Grandes Ecoles ». Lycée Condorcet, Paris, FRANCE

Balakrishnan Shammugasamy - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Associate Professor Qihan Dong, Professor Fariba Dehghani, Dr. Peter Valtchev
E: balakrishnan.shammugasamy@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2013, MSc (Food Science), University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
- 2010, BSc (Food Science and Technology), University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Behdad Soltani - PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Professor Fariba Dehghani, Dr. John Kavanagh
E: behdad.soltani@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2007-2012, BEng., M.Eng. (Chemical Engineering), University Of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Farshad Oveissi – PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Associate Professor Ali Abbas, Professor David Fletcher, Professor Fariba Dehghani
E: farshad.oveissi@sydney.edu.au
- 2015 - Present, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2014, M.Sc. (Environmental Engineering), Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada
- 2012, B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering), Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran

Golnoosh Torabian - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Kevin Downard, Professor Fariba Dehghani, Dr. Ali Fathi, Dr. Peter Valtchev
E: golnoosh.torabian@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2014 - Present, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2014, MSc (Food Science and Technology), University of New South Wales, Australia
- 2007, BSc (Nutrition and Dietetics), Shiraz University of Medical Science, Iran

Humaira Noor - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Fariba Dehghani, Associate Professor Vincent Gomes and Dr. Peter Valtchev
E: humaira.noor@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2012, MEng (Chemical Engineering), University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

Marjan Arab - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Robyn McConchie, Dr. Kim-Yen Phan-Thien
E: marjan.arab@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 1998, MSc (Plant Science), Tabriz University, Iran
- 1996, BSc (Biology), Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran

Maryam Farahani - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Robyn McConchie, Dr. Kim-Yen Phan-Thien
E: maryam.farahani@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2014 - Present, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2013, MSc (Food science and technology), School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia

Mohammadreza Behi - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Fariba Dehghani, Professor Masud Behnia
E: m.behi@sydney.edu.au
Mohammadreza Behi received his B.Sc. Degree from the Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran, in 2008. He received his M.Sc from University of Gavle/ Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, in 2012, and Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng.) from Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e), the Netherlands, in 2014.
From 2013 to late 2014, whilst studying, he also worked as a researcher in the NanoHex (The world’s largest collaborative nanotechnology project in the EU) at Department of Energy Technology at KTH.
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2014, PDEng (Smart Energy Building& Cities), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e),The Netherlands
- 2012, MSc (Energy Systems), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) & University of Gavle, Sweden
- 2009, BSc (Mechanical Engineering), Shahrood University of Technology, Iran

Sahar Biglari – PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Professor Fariba Dehghani, Dr. Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani
E: sahar.biglari@sydney.edu.au
Sahar completed her Bachelor of Science degree in materials science and engineering at Tabriz University (Iran) and her research was about "Manufacturing of Apatite-Mullite glass-ceramics". After the completion of her undergraduate engineering degree, she was admitted to, and undertook her Master of Science degree in materials science and engineering at the Imam Khomeini International University (Iran). Her masters thesis was entitled "Fabrication of nano-silica from rice husk from chemical and milling method, and a study of polymeric nano-composites made from it (Epoxy/ Nano-silica)". Since February 2015 she has been a PhD student at the University of Sydney in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2011, MSc (Materials Science and Engineering), IKI University, Qazvin, Iran;
- 2008, BSc (Materials Science and Engineering), Tabriz University, Iran
Publications:
Sahar Biglari, Arman Sedghi, "Study of fracture behavior and fracture surface of nano silica/epoxy resin nano composites", 15th international conference on deformation, yield, and fracture of polymers (DYFP 2011),Kerkerade, The Netherlands
Sahar Biglari, Arman sedghi, "Fabrication of nano silica from rice husk from chemical method and characterize polymer nano composite properties made from it", 2nd International Advances in Applied Physics (APMAS 2012), Antalya, Turkey
Sahar Biglari, Arman Sedghi, "Fabrication of Nano Silica Synthesized From Rice Husk/Epoxy Resin Nano Composites and Study of Their Mechanical properties", Polymer processing society (PPS 2011), Kish Island, Iran
Arman Sedghi, Sahar Biglari, "Comparison of structure and properties of nano silica particles fabricated from rice husk by Chemical and thermal methods", the 2nd international conference on composites (CCFA2010), Kish Island, Iran

Sean Daly - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Dr. John Kavanagh, Professor Fariba Dehghani
E: sean.daly@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2014, BE (Chemical and Biomolecular) and BSc (Physics), University of Sydney, Australia

Thomas Tarento - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Fariba Dehghani, Dr. John Kavanagh
E: thomas.tarento@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2012, BE (Mechanical/Biomedical)/BCom (Business Information Systems), University of Sydney, Australia

Xing (Harry) Huang - PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Professor Timothy Langrish, Professor Fariba Dehghani
E: xing.huang@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2014, BE (Chemical and Biomolecular), University of Sydney, Australia

Yanwei Ma - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Fariba Dehghani, Dr. John Kavanagh
E: yanwei.ma@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2015, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2014, B.E. (Chemical and Biomolecular), University of Sydney, Australia

Mahshid Farzanehsa
Supervisors: Dr. John Kavanagh, Emeritus Professor Geoff Barton, Professor Hans Coster
E: mahshid.farzanehsa@sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2014 - Present, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2009, MSc (Chemical Engineering), Semnan University, Semnan, Iran
- 2004, BS (Chemical Engineering), University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Masood Naqshbandi - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Fariba Dehghani
E: mnaq6951@uni.sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2016, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2013, MSc (Chemistry/Optics), The University of Sydney, Australia
- 2011, Grad. Dip. (Chemistry/Optics), The University of Sydney, Australia
- 2010, BSc. (Chemistry/Physics), The University of Sydney, Australia

Long H. Nguyen - PhD Candidate
Supervisors: Professor Fariba Dehghani, Dr. Rona Chandrawati
E: hngu4770@uni.sydney.edu.au
Education:
- 2016, PhD Candidate in ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry, University of Sydney, Australia
- 2008 – 2011, BSc., MSc. (Food Science), University of Nottingham, United Kingdom