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Dr Samia Elfekih


  • EMBO Fellow - University of Cambridge - 2017
  • Research Scientist - CSIRO Australia- 2016- present
  • OCE Postdoctoral Fellow - CSIRO Australia- 2013-2016
  • UNESCO-L’Oréal Postdoctoral Fellow- Imperial College London - 2011-2013
  • Fulbright Fellow-University of Hawaii at Manoa- 2007-2008


Research Interests

My main research interests are focused on the population genomics of agricultural invasive insect pests (tephritid fruit flies, whiteflies, moths). I am particularly interested in exploring the genomic signatures of adaptive variation in these megapests in order to better understand how they can evolve rapidly in response to novel and changing environments.

Key Publications

  • Elfekih, S., Tay, W. T., Gordon, K., Court, L., & De Barro, P. (2017). Standardized molecular diagnostic tool for the identification of cryptic species within the Bemisia tabaci complex. Pest Management Science.
  • Pearce, S. L., Clarke, D. F., East, P. D., Elfekih, S., Gordon, K. H. J., Jermiin, L. S., ... & Rane, R. V. (2017). Genomic innovations, transcriptional plasticity and gene loss underlying the evolution and divergence of two highly polyphagous and invasive Helicoverpa pest species. BMC biology15(1), 69.
  • Tay, W. T., Elfekih, S., Gordon, K. H., Delatte, H., & De Barro, P. J. (2017). The trouble with MEAM2: Implications of pseudogenes on species delimitation in the globally invasive Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) cryptic species complex. Genome Biology and Evolution.
  • Tay, W. T., Elfekih, S., Polaszek, A., Court, L. N., Evans, G. A., Gordon, K. H. J., & De Barro, P. J. (2017). Novel molecular approach to define pest species status and tritrophic interactions from historical Bemisia specimens. Scientific Reports7.
  • Elfekih, S., Chen, C. Y., Hsu, J. C., Belcaid, M., & Haymer, D. (2016). Identification and preliminary characterization of chemosensory perception-associated proteins in the melon fly Bactrocera cucurbitae using RNA-seq. Scientific reports6.