Plant breeder's rights examiner

PhD Molecular Genetics and Plant Bio-Chemistry, B.Sc Honours

Nahida joined IP Australia in 2007 after completing her PhD in Molecular Genetics in association with University of Melbourne and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

'I've always been fascinated by the variation and change in flowers. I love plants and I enjoy looking for the differences in one plant to another; I have a very enquiring mind. In the past I have done a lot of work with vegetables, food and timber crops but these days I mostly work with Australian native plant varieties. You have to be a decision maker and find the balance between the legal, technical and procedural aspects,’ she says.

Nahida says sometimes it is hard in terms of timing, because working with other stakeholders, in addition to within a legal, technical and procedural framework, you have to factor in natural cycles. If a plant takes a few years to mature and fruit, then the timing will also be determined by this factor.

Nahida has done quite a lot of travelling and really enjoys the international work. In 2012 she attended a Plant Variety Protection Course in the Netherlands, with 25 delegates from 12 countries, where they discussed international treaties, rights, exemptions, privileges and much more.

'It was great to be a part of sharing ideas and experiences with people from different nations.'