Doctor Anya Salih

Doctor Anya Salih

Adjunct Fellow,
Dean'S Unit School Of Science

Confocal Microscopist, Senior Research Fellow,
Office Of Dvc & Vp, Research And Innovation



  • PhDSc University of Sydney
  • MA University of Khartoum, Sudan
  • BSc University of Khartoum, Sudan

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean'S Unit School Of Science
  • Office Of Dvc & Vp, Research And Innovation


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Phone: (02) 4570 1452
Location: S8.22
HawkesburyPenrith (Werrington South)

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Chapters in Books

  • Salih, A. (2012), 'Fluorescence control in natural green fluorescent protein (GFP)-based photonic structures of reef corals', Optical Biomimetics: Materials and Applications, Woodhead 9781845698027.
  • Salih, A., Wormell, P., Garbutcheon-Singh, K., Harper, B., Myers, S., Geny, D., Hammang, C. and Aldrich-Wright, J. (2011), 'Applications of Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Confocal Microscopy.', Metallointercalators: Synthesis and Techniques to Probe Their Interactions with Biomolecules, Springer 9783211094273.
  • Salih, A. (2011), 'Laser Scanning Confocal Imaging of Forensic Samples and Their 3D Visualization', Digital Forensics for the Health Sciences: Applications in Practice and Research, Max Planck Institute for Molecular 9781609604837.
  • Prescott, M. and Salih, A. (2009), 'Genetically encoded fluorescent probes and their applications in the life sciences', Fluorescence applications in biotechnology and life sciences., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken 000.

Journal Articles

  • Wang, F., Chen, Z., Liu, X., Shabala, L., Yu, M., Zhou, M., Salih, A. and Shabala, S. (2019), 'The loss of RBOHD function modulates root adaptive responses to combined hypoxia and salinity stress in Arabidopsis', Environmental and Experimental Botany, vol 158 , pp 125 - 135.
  • Liu, X., Cai, S., Wang, G., Wang, F., Dong, F., Mak, M., Holford, P., Ji, J., Salih, A., Zhou, M., Shabala, S. and Chen, Z. (2017), 'Halophytic NHXs confer salt tolerance by altering cytosolic and vacuolar K+ and Na+ in Arabidopsis root cell', Plant Growth Regulation, vol 82, no 2 , pp 333 - 351.
  • Garby, T., Matys, E., Ongley, S., Salih, A., Larkum, A., Walter, M., Summons, R. and Neilan, B. (2017), 'Lack of methylated hopanoids renders the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme sensitive to osmotic and pH stress', Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol 83, no 13 .
  • Molina, R., Tran, T., Campbell, R., Lambert, G., Salih, A., Shaner, N., Hughes, T. and Drobizhev, M. (2017), 'Blue-shifted green fluorescent protein homologues are brighter than enhanced green fluorescent protein under two-photon excitation', Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol 8, no 12 , pp 2548 - 2554.
  • Wang, F., Chen, Z., Liu, X., Colmer, T., Shabala, L., Salih, A., Zhou, M. and Shabala, S. (2017), 'Revealing the roles of GORK channels and NADPH oxidase in acclimation to hypoxia in Arabidopsis', Journal of Experimental Botany, vol 68, no 12 , pp 3191 - 3204.
  • Fanna, D., Zhang, Y., Salih, A., Reynolds, J. and Li, F. (2016), 'Dinuclear complexes of europium(III) and gadolinium(III) ions with a julolidine-quinoline-based tridentate ligand', Journal of Coordination Chemistry, vol 69, no 11-13 , pp 1883 - 1892.
  • Lapshin, G., Salih, A., Kolosov, P., Golovkina, M., Zavorotnyi, Y., Ivashina, T., Vinokurov, L., Bagratashvili, V. and Savitsky, A. (2015), 'Fluorescence color diversity of Great Barrier Reef corals', Journal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences, vol 8, no 4 , pp 15500281 - 155002811.
  • Pfautsch, S., Renard, J., Tjoelker, M. and Salih, A. (2015), 'Phloem as capacitor : radial transfer of water into xylem of tree stems occurs via symplastic transport in ray parenchyma', Plant Physiology, vol 167, no 3 , pp 963 - 971.
  • Smith, E., D'Angelo, C., Salih, A. and Wiedenmann, J. (2013), 'Screening by coral green fluorescent protein (GFP)-like chromoproteins supports a role in photoprotection of zooxanthellae', Coral Reefs, vol 32, no 2 , pp 463 - 474.
  • Cumbo, V., Baird, A., Moore, R., Negri, A., Neilan, B., Salih, A., Oppen, M., Wang, Y. and Marquis, C. (2013), 'Chromera velia is endosymbiotic in larvae of the reef corals Acropora digitifera and A. tenuis', Protist, vol 164, no 2 , pp 237 - 244.
  • Cutrale, F., Salih, A. and Gratton, E. (2013), 'Spectral phasor approach for fingerprinting of photo-activatable fluorescent proteins Dronpa, Kaede and KikGR', Methods and Applications in Fluorescence, vol 1, no 3 , pp 1 - 10.
  • Salih, A. (2012), 'Screening reef corals for novel GFP-type fluorescent proteins by confocal imaging', Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 872 , pp 217 - 233.
  • Larkum, A., Chen, M., Li, Y., Schliep, M., Trampe, E., West, J., Salih, A. and Kuhl, M. (2012), 'A novel epiphytic chlorophyll d-containing cyanobacterium isolated from a mangrove-associated red alga', Journal of Phycology, vol 48, no 6 , pp 1320 - 1327.
  • Xu, C., Salih, A., Ghannoum, O. and Tissue, D. (2012), 'Leaf structural characteristics are less important than leaf chemical properties in determining the response of leaf mass per area and photosynthesis of Eucalyptus saligna to industrial-age changes in [CO2] and temperature', Journal of Experimental Botany, vol 63, no 16 , pp 5829 - 5841.
  • Kenkel, C., Traylor, M., Wiedenmann, J., Salih, A. and Matz, M. (2011), 'Fluorescence of coral larvae predicts their settlement response to crustose coralline algae and reflects stress', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 278, no 1718 , pp 2691 - 2697.
  • Liu, A., Fong, A., Becket, E., Yuan, J., Tamae, C., Medrano, L., Maiz, M., Wahba, C., Lee, C., Lee, K., Tran, K., Yang, H., Hoffman, R., Salih, A. and Miller, J. (2011), 'Selective advantage of resistant strains at trace levels of antibiotics: A simple and ultrasensitive color test for detection of antibiotics and genotoxic agents', Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, vol 55, no 3 , pp 1204 - 1210.
  • Alieva, N., Konzen, K., Field, S., Meleshkevitch, E., Hunt, M., Beltran-Ramirez, V., Miller, D., Wiedenmann, J., Salih, A. and Matz, M. (2008), 'Diversity and evolution of coral fluorescent proteins', PLoS One, vol 3, no 7 .
  • D'Angelo, C., Denzel, A., Vogt, A., Matz, M., Oswald, F., Salih, A., Nienhaus, G. and Wiedenmann, J. (2008), 'Blue light regulation of host pigment in reef-building corals', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 364, no 0 , pp 97 - 106.
  • Leutenegger, A., Kredel, S., Gundel, S., D'Angelo, C., Salih, A. and Wiedenmann, J. (2007), 'Analysis of fluorescent and non-fluorescent sea anemones from the Mediterranean Sea during a bleaching event', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol 353, no 2 , pp 221 - 234.
  • Leutenegger, A., D'Angelo, C., Matz, M., Denzel, A., Oswald, F., Salih, A., Nienhaus, G. and Wiedenmann, J. (2007), 'It's cheap to be colorful: Anthozoans show a slow turnover of GFP-like proteins', FEBS Journal, vol 274, no 10 , pp 2496 - 2505.
  • Cox, G., Matz, M. and Salih, A. (2007), 'Fluorescence lifetime imaging of coral fluorescent proteins', Microscopy Research and Technique, vol 70, no 3 , pp 243 - 251.
  • Oswald, F., Schmitt, F., Leutenegger, A., Ivanchenko, S., D'Angelo, C., Salih, A., Maslakova, S., Bulina, M., Schirmbeck, R., Nienhaus, G., Matz, M. and Wiedenmann, J. (2007), 'Contributions of host and symbiont pigments to the coloration of reef corals', FEBS Journal, vol 274, no 4 , pp 1102 - 1109.
  • Baird, A., Salih, A. and Trevor-Jones, A. (2006), 'Fluorescence census techniques for the early detection of coral recruits', Coral Reefs, , pp 73 - 76.
  • Kahng, S. and Salih, A. (2005), 'Localization of fluorescent pigments in a nonbioluminescent, azooxanthellate octocoral suggests a photoprotective function', Coral Reefs, vol 24, no 3 , pp 435 - 0.
  • Wiedenmann, J., Ivanchenko, S., Oswald, F., Schmitt, F., Rocker, C., Salih, A., Spindler, K. and Nienhaus, G. (2004), 'EosFP, a fluorescent marker protein with UV-inducible green-to-red fluorescence conversion', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 101, no 45 , pp 15905 - 15910.
  • Gilmore, A., Larkum, A., Salih, A., Itoh, S., Shibata, Y., Bena, C., Yamasaki, H., Papina, M. and Van Woesik, R. (2003), 'Simultaneous Time Resolution of the Emission Spectra of Fluorescent Proteins and Zooxanthellar Chlorophyll in Reef-building Corals', Photochemistry and Photobiology, , pp 515 - 523.

Conference Papers

  • Salih, A., Wiedmann, J. and Cox, G. (2007), 'EosFP - A multi-state photoconvertible protein from the coral Lobophyllia hemprichii', Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE , .
  • Salih, A., Wiedmann, J., Matz, M., Larkum, A. and Cox, G. (2006), 'Photoinduced activation of GFP-like proteins in tissues of REEF corals', Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE , .
  • Cox, G. and Salih, A. (2005), 'Fluorescence lifetime imaging of symbionts and fluorescent proteins in reef corals', Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE , .
  • Salih, A., Larkum, A., Cronin, T., Wiedenmann, J., Szymczak, R. and Cox, G. (2004), 'Biological properties of coral GFP-type proteins provide clues for engineering novel optical probes and biosensors', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering , .
  • Salih, A., Cox, G. and Larkum, A. (2003), 'Cellular organization & spectral diversity of GFP-like proteins in live coral cells studied by single & multi-photon imaging & microspectroscopy', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering , .

Previous Projects

Title: Development of novel fluorescent proteins from marine organisms for in vivo fluorescence imaging technologies and cancer research
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Anya Salih
Years: 2007-06-13 - 2011-08-30
ID: P0015748
Title: Fluorescent proteins in reef organisms: biology and biotechnological applications [via Macquarie University]
  • ARC/NHMRC Research Network
Western Researchers: Anya Salih
Years: 2008-01-01 - 2009-01-31
ID: P0015999
Title: Photoactivatable fluorescent proteins as novel ionising radiation frequency receptors
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Anya Salih
Years: 2014-01-01 - 2015-05-31
ID: P00021785
Title: Effects of ionising radiation on GFP-type photoactivatable fluorescent proteins of reef corals
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Anya Salih
Years: 2014-07-01 - 2015-06-30
ID: P00022163
Title: Genetic tuning of novel GFP-type probes from reef organisms for bio-imaging at molecular scales
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Anya Salih
Years: 2008-06-17 - 2010-11-30
ID: P00016155
Title: Impact of Environmental Stress on Terestrial Vegetation and Marine Algae
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: David Tissue, Oula Ghannoum and Anya Salih
Years: 2009-09-11 - 2012-09-10
ID: P00017326
Title: Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy [via UNSW - no funding to UWS]
  • Australian Research Council (Other Research Grants)
Western Researchers: Anya Salih
Years: 2010-01-01 - 2010-12-31
ID: P00017154
Title: Eutrophication of Lord Howe Island reefs: stable isotope analysis of reef species as a "fingerprint" of potential sewage contamination
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Anya Salih and Sandra Diamond-Tissue
Years: 2011-11-01 - 2012-11-30
ID: P00019448
Title: The effects of fishing and nutrient enrichment on marine fish communities at Lord Howe Island
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Sandra Diamond-Tissue and Anya Salih
Years: 2010-11-17 - 2012-12-30
ID: P00019424
Title: Fluorescent proteins for superresolution imaging [via The Scintillon Institute]
  • National Institutes of Health
Western Researchers: Anya Salih
Years: 2014-10-01 - 2019-08-31
ID: P00022515


Doctor Salih is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: 4D Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Genetic Development of a Photoconvertable Fluorescent Protein from a Reef Coral for Live Cell Imaging Applications
Field of Research: Natural And Physical Sciences

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