Dipika Roy is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Lee Hickey at the Centre of Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) at University of Queensland, Australia. Before starting her PhD, she worked as Research Assistant in the Hickey Lab.

Dipika’s PhD research aims to provide a better understanding of the genes controlling spot blotch disease resistance, so that breeding programs can produce improved barley cultivars incorporating effective and durable genetic resistance to spot blotch.

Dipika graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture and Master of Science (M.S.) in Seed Science and Technology from Bangladesh.

Project title: Understanding the genetics of spot blotch resistance in barley

Awards & Scholarships:

  • “Audience Vote Winner”_ Semifinal- Final, FameLab Australia 2020
  • “Poster Award-Runner Up”, 19th Australian Barley Technical Symposium ABTS (Perth)
  • QAAFI Travel Award
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Top Up Scholarship
  • RTP Scholarship


1. Dipika Roy, Masum Ahmad, M.A.H. Chowdhury, M. R. Alam and M. A. Samad, “Effects of banana rhizome extracts on germination and seedling vigour of some leafy vegetables”, Bangladesh Journal of Seed Science and Tech, 15(1 & 2): 87-94, 2011: ISSN 1029-8800

2. M.R. Alam, Masum Ahmad, M.A. Ali, Dipika Roy and M. A. Samad, “ Effect of plant extracts and naphthalene on stored pests of pulses” , Bangladesh Journal of Seed Science and Tech, 15(1 & 2): 101-105, 2011: ISSN 1029-8800