Dr Samir Alahmad is an early career researcher focusing on crop improvement through advanced breeding technologies within Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland. He graduated with a PhD degree in 2019 from the University of Queensland. His research aims to investigate the role of physiological traits for enhancing grain yield in water-limited environments. In particular, the use of cutting-edge breeding technologies that can explore and harness variation in root systems and canopy development in crops. His research outcomes provide novel insights and tools that can be utilised by breeders to assist the development of highly adapted future crops.