Dr. Alireza Nakhforoosh
Research Associate, Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions
Alireza holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Agronomy and Plant Breeding from Iran, where he was born and raised. He completed his Ph.D. study and a subsequent postdoc in the field of crop physiology and root phenomics at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria (BOKU).
During his PhD and postdoc at BOKU, he employed high-throughput root and shoot phenotyping platforms at the Plant Phenotyping Center in Juelich, Germany, to identify water use strategies in durum wheat. Upon moving to Canada, he joined the oat breeding program at the Brandon Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where he received experience in classical and molecular plant breeding and conducted research on improving lodging tolerance in oats.
In December of 2019, Alireza joined GIFS, as a research associate, to work with Dr. Leon Kochian and Emil Hallin. Alireza utilizes the synchrotron X-ray CT and the PET imaging techniques, available at the experimental facilities at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Science (SCCS), to continue following his research passion, which concerns the structural and functional phenotyping of root systems, a fundamental determinant of yield.