Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

In the Limelight: Zahra Batool Naqvi

Zahra Batool NaqviSupervisors: Professor Michael Friend, Professor Robyn Warner, Dr Michael Campbell, Associate Professor Peter Thomson, and Dr David McGill

Thesis title:

Improving tenderness, nutritional quality, and safety in low valued beef meat through the application of sous vide cooking and exogenous enzymes.

Funding body:

I was awarded a John Alwright Fellowship by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for my PhD studies.

Career and studies till now:

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore in 2010. I worked as an area advisor in the Australia-Pakistan Agricultural Sector Linkages Program funded through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). This extension program focussed on improving dairy practices of smallholder dairy farmers in various regions of Pakistan using innovative extension tools. I loved engaging with female farmers while helping them to improve farm productivity through better farming practices.

Currently studying:

PhD in Meat Sciences.

Research Interests:

Meat quality, beef value chain, value addition, low quality dairy meat, International development, women empowerment

Professional Links:

International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (Country Representative)

Asia Dairy Network- member

Professor Robyn Warner lab group

A typical day for me includes...

A typical day starts with juggling the funny choices of my three year old daughter (Huda) for food and clothing. After getting behind my in schedule, of course, I settle into the home office and so some brief planning for the day. The rest of the day mostly involves performing lab experiments, recording data and catching up with the write up of research and future planning. I would be lucky to finish my day playing and dancing with my little one and cooking some delicious Pakistani food.

My main project at the moment is...

Improving eating quality of low value meat from culled dairy cows.

My favourite part of my studies is...

Working in the meat lab, cutting and cooking of meat for my research project.

When I am not studying...

Routine home chores, playing with my daughter, cooking food and talking to my family back home.

When I am driving I like to listen to...

I’m not a big fan of music, but light Indian melodies if I am sick of current affairs.


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