Dilfuza Egamberdieva is head of Joint Uzbek-China Key Lab of Ecobiomes of arid lands, National University of Uzbekistan. Her research interest includes microbial ecology and diversity, plant-microbe interaction, plant nutrition, and stress tolerance, and plant biological disease control.
She received her MSc in microbiology and chemistry from the National University of Uzbekistan and her PhD in Agricultural biotechnology from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at the Helsinki University of Finland, the University of Florence, Italy, at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, the Leiden University of Netherlands, and Centre of Agricultural Landscape Research, Germany.
After conducting postdoctoral research work at different EU Universities, she returned to Uzbekistan in 2007, and established a research laboratory in the Faculty of Biology, National University of Uzbekistan. She served as international project coordinator; topic ranged from improving the soil and crop productivity, food security, and sustainable management of natural resources funded by EU-INTAS, NATO-Science, UNESCO, FAO-ICARDA, and TWAS.
She supervised many MSc and PhD students, organised exchange programs with USA and EU Universities, and international summer courses at the University.
For her best academic achievements she had been awarded the SCOPUS-2019 Award “Top Scientist of the Year”, TWAS (The World Academy of Science) Award in Agricultural Sciences (2013). TWAS-TWOWS-SCOPUS Young Women Research Award (2009), L’OREAL-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science (2006), American Society of Microbiology, (ASM) Morrison Rogosa Award (2006), UNESCO-Man and Biosphere (MAB) Award (2005), The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Young scientist Award (2003).
Moreover, she received several Fellowships such as President’s International Fellowship for Visiting Professors (PIFI), The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Georg Forster Research Fellowships, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD).
Dilfuza Egamberdieva is also involved in Science Policy and elected as an expert team member of the working group of German Council of Science and Humanities (WR), (2017-2018). In 2018, she has been appointed to serve on The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), science-policy interface of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) (2018-2019). She is an elected member of Global Young Academy (GYA), member of American Society of Microbiology (ASM), and Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). This year she was appointed as National Focal Point Representative to the UNESCO-STEPAN (Science and Technology Policy Asian Network) and Board Committee member (2021-2023), as well as an Ambassador of American Society of Microbiology (ASM) to Uzbekistan, (2021-2023). She is a member of several journals’ editorial board, authored six books, and co-authored over 200 publications.