Dr Nijat Imin

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian National University

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Senior Lecturer


  • Senior Research Associate (2008 - 2017), Research School of Biology, The Australian National University (ANU)
  • Research Fellow (2004-2008), ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research (ANU Node)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2003-2004), Genomic Interactions Group, Research School of Biological Sciences, ANU

Research | Current

  • Plant development and molecular biology
  • Plant peptide signalling and gene regulation
  • Root system architecture and nutrient uptake
  • Legume rhizobium symbiosis and biological nitrogen fixation

Teaching | Current

Stages One papers:

BIOSCI 108 Biodiversity: Patterns of Life (lecturer, since 2019)

BIOSCI 102 Plants, Microbes and Society (lecturer, 2017-2018)

Stage Two Paper:

205 Plant, Cell and Environment (lecturer, since 2020)

Stage Three Papers:

BIOSCI 324 Plant Pathology and Symbiosis (lecturer, course director and coordinator, since 2020)

BIOSCI 321 Plant Pathology (lecturer, 2017) (lecturer, course director and coordinator 2018-2019)

Postgraduate Papers:

BIOSCI 754 Plant Genomes and Gene Expression (lecturer, 2017) (lecturer, course director and coordinator, since 2019)

BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal (since 2017)

Postgraduate supervision

Current students (start year):

2020 Sarah Robinson (PhD)

2020 Sushmitha Banda (PhD)

2021 Emre Smit (Honours) 

2020 Georgina Harris (undergraduate) 

2021 Georgia Pringle (undergraduate) 

Past students (completion year):

2021 Ariel Ivanovici, PhD, with Professor Michael Djordjeivc (ANU)

2020 Zacharias Campbell (Science scholar)

2020 Michael Taleski, PhD, with Professor Michael Djordjeivc (ANU)

2020 Kelly Chapman, PhD, with Professor Michael Djordjeivc (ANU)

2019 Sun-kyeong Han (Masters)(UoA)

2018 Kon Ping Leung (Masters)(UoA)

2017 David Reeves (BTech Honours; co-supervision with Dr Karine David)(UoA)

2017 Kon Ping Leung (BTech Honours)(UoA)

2016 Christina Delay (with Professor Michael Djordjevic)(ANU)

2016  Nadiatul Mohd Radzman (with Professor Michael Djordjevic)(ANU)

2016 Rodney Eyles (with Professor Michael Djordjevic)(ANU)

2011 Peta Holmes  (with Professor Michael Djordjevic)(ANU)

2010  Lucia Kusumawati (ANU)


Editor for Scientific Reports

Editor for Frontiers in Plant Biology

Areas of expertise

Plant molecular biology and biochemistry

Nitrogen-demand signalling

Plant peptide-receptor inetractions and signalling

Peptidomics and proteomics

Plant genetics

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Biological Safety Committee, University of Auckland (since 2018)
  • Council member for the New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists (since 2017)
  • Member of the international advisory board for the International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics (since 2017)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Imin, N., Patel, N., Corcilius, L., Payne, R. J., & Djordjevic, M. A. (2018). CLE peptide tri-arabinosylation and peptide domain sequence composition are essential for SUNN-dependent autoregulation of nodulation in Medicago truncatula. The New phytologist, 218 (1), 73-80. 10.1111/nph.15019
  • Mohd-Radzman, N. A., Laffont, C., Ivanovici, A., Patel, N., Reid, D., Stougaard, J., ... Djordjevic, M. A. (2016). Different pathways act downstream of the CEP peptide receptor CRA2 to regulate lateral root and nodule development. Plant Physiology, 171 (4), 2536-2548. 10.1104/pp.16.00113
  • Taleski, M., Imin, N., & Djordjevic, M. A. (2016). New role for a CEP peptide and its receptor: Complex control of lateral roots. Journal of Experimental Botany, 67 (16), 4797-4799. 10.1093/jxb/erw306
  • Mohd-Radzman, N. A., Binos, S., Truong, T. T., Imin, N., Mariani, M., & Djordjevic, M. A. (2015). Novel MtCEP1 peptides produced in vivo differentially regulate root development in Medicago truncatula. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66 (17), 5289-5300. 10.1093/jxb/erv008
  • Djordjevic, M. A., Mohd-Radzman, N. A., & Imin, N. (2015). Small-peptide signals that control root nodule number, development, and symbiosis. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66 (17), 5171-5181. 10.1093/jxb/erv357
  • Djordjevic, M., Imin, N., & DELAY, C. (2014). Method for modulating plant growth. WO/2015/054728 Related URL.
  • Ogilvie, H. A., Imin, N., & Djordjevic, M. A. (2014). Diversification of the C-TERMINALLY ENCODED PEPTIDE (CEP) gene family in angiosperms, and evolution of plant-family specific CEP genes. BMC Genomics, 15.10.1186/1471-2164-15-870
  • Bobay, B. G., DiGennaro, P., Scholl, E., Imin, N., Djordjevic, M. A., & Mck Bird, D. (2013). Solution NMR studies of the plant peptide hormone CEP inform function. FEBS Letters, 587 (24), 3979-3985. 10.1016/j.febslet.2013.10.033

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 125
New Zealand

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