About Us

Atefeh (Ati) Taherian Fard


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Computational Biologist, APCRC-Q
  • IHBI Member, QUT

Contact Details

+61 7 3443 7283


PhD, Computational Biology, The University of Queensland, Australia, 2016

MSc, Bioinformatics, University of Malaya, Malaysia, 2010


After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics, Dr Taherian Fard perused her Masters of Science in Bioinformatics from University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2010. Her Masters projects was mainly focused on genome assembly and annotation of a newly sequenced regions of Burkholderia pseudomallei genome, which was unique to the strain, isolated from Malaysia and was not present in the reference sequence.

In 2012, Dr Taherian Fard was awarded a full-bright scholarship from the University of Queensland to peruse a PhD in Computational Biology. Working with Ragan group at the Institute for Molecular Biosciences (IMB), her main research focus was on Systems Biology and Regulatory Network. She used mathematical approaches to capture the temporal dynamics of gene regulatory network in normal development and complex disease such as cancer. Through her proposed model, she was able to represent the trajectories of cells moving a pluripotent state to a specialized cell type. In the context of complex disease such as cancer, the model reflected the trajectories of cell-fate transitions in cancer progression.

Dr Taherian Fard joined Nelson’s group at APCRC-Q in 2016 to investigate the role of different transcription factors on the temporal dynamics of Prostate Cancer progression.

Research interests

Computational biology, systems biology, gene regulatory network, microarray, cancer networks

Current research projects

Investigating the role of ZEB1 during epithelial-mesenchymal-transition (EMT) in prostate cancer progression

Top publications

Taherian Fard A, Srihari S, Mar J.C. and Ragan M.A. Not just a colorful metaphor: Modeling the landscape of cellular development using Hopfield networks. npj Systems Biology and Applications. 2016; doi: 10.1038/npjsba.2016.1.

Taherian Fard A, Srihari S and Ragan M.A. An evaluation of DNA-damage response and cell-cycle pathways for breast cancer classification. 2015; arXiv:1505.04846v1 [q-bio.QM].

Taherian Fard A, Srihari S and Ragan M.A. Breast cancer classification: linking molecular mechanisms to disease prognosis. Briefings in Bioinformatics. 2014; doi: 10.1093/bib/bbu020.

Hoque Md. A, Taherian Fard A, Rahman Md. M, Alattas O, Akazawa K and Merican AF. Comparison of dynamic responses of cellular metabolites in Escherichia coli to pulse addition of substrates. Biologia. 2011; 66(6): 954-966, doi: 10.2478/s11756-011-0136-9.

Taherian Fard A, Salman A, Bukhari H, Kazemi B. In silico comparative genome analysis of malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax chromosome 4. Parasitology Research. 2009; 104: 1361-1364.

Professional memberships and associations


Science Ambassador, Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), The University of Queensland


Member, International Society for Molecular Biology