Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department

In 1995, the School of Agriculture at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad became the first school in Iran which offered a degree in Biotechnology. In designing this new area of research several factors such as conserving the environment by limiting the use of energy, land and water, preserving genetic diversity, and decreasing the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers were taken into consideration. The Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department trains highly-professional graduates both at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. The department also aims at introducing interdisciplinary branches of science according to the academic environment and job demands in Iran and around the world.

The aim of the Master’s program in the Department of Biotechnology and Plant Breeding is to educate specialists in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, to employ new techniques in Molecular Breeding such as Genetic Engineering, and also to enhance students’ plant breeding skills by preparing them to participate in research projects in labs, greenhouses, or fields. Students in the Master’s program can concentrate on Agricultural Biology or Plant Breeding.

The Ph.D. Program in Biotechnology and Plant Breeding is a coordinated set of research and scientific activities aimed at educating specialists in different aspects of Biotechnology such as Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Genetic Engineering, etc., which are applicable in agriculture. Ph.D. candidates should attend advanced courses in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. The areas of specialization of the Ph.D. Program is Agricultural Biotechnology. More

Head of the Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department
Nasrin Moshtaghi
Associate Professor
Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department

Concentration areas offered by the Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
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Academic staff

Abdolreza Bagheri
Mohammad Farsi
Saeid Malekzadeh Shafaroudi
Associate Professor
Hassan Marashi
Amin Mirshamsi Kakhki
Assistant Professor
Nasrin Moshtaghi
Associate Professor
Alireza Seifi
Assistant Professor
Farajollah Shahriari Ahmadi


Recent journal articles

Saeady, M., Moshtaghi, N., & Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S. (2019). Comparative volatile composition, antioxidant and cytotoxic evaluation of the essential oil of Zhumeria majdae from south of Iran. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 22 (1), 80-85.
Hamidi Moghaddam, A., Arouiee, H., Moshtaghi, N., Azizi, M., Shoor, M., & Fatemeh Sefidkon (2019). Visual Quality and Morphological Responses of Rosemary Plants to UV-B Radiation and Salinity Stress. Journal of Ecological Engineering, 20 (2), 34-43.
Razmi, A., A. Golestanipour, Maryam Nikkhah, Bagheri, A., M. Shamsbakhsh, & Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S. (2019). Localized surface plasmon resonance biosensing of tomato yellow leaf curl virus. Journal of Virological Methods, 267 (1), 1-7.
Zare Mirakabad, H., Farsi, M., Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S., Bagheri, A., M. Iranshahi, & Moshtaghi, N. (2019). Comparison the Effect of Ferutinin and 17β-Estradiol on Bone Mineralization of Developing Zebrafish -Danio rerio- Larvae. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20 (6), 1507-1524.
Hamidi Moghaddam, A., Arouiee, H., Moshtaghi, N., Azizi, M., Shoor, M., & Fatemeh Sefidkon (2019). Physiological and Biochemical Changes Induced by UV-B Radiation in Rosemary Plants Grown Under Salinity Stress. Journal of Ecological Engineering, 20 (5), 217-228.
Hamid, R., Marashi, H., R.s. Tomar, Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S., & P.h. Sabara (2019). Transcriptome analysis identified aberrant gene expression in pollen developmental pathways leading to CGMS in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). PLOS One, 14 (6), e0218381-18.
Shahhoseini, R., Azizi, M., Moshtaghi, N., & Samiei, L. (2019). Comprehensive Assessment of Phytochemical Potential of Tanacetum parthenium (L.): Phenolic Compounds, Antioxidant Activity, Essential Oil and Parthenolide. Journal of Essential Oils Bearing Plants, 22 (3), 614-629.
Arefian, M., Vessal, S., Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S., Kadambot H. M. Siddique, & Bagheri, A. (2019). Comparative proteomics and gene expression analyses revealed responsive proteins and mechanisms for salt tolerance in chickpea genotypes. BMC Plant Biology, 19 (1), -.
Shahmoradi, Z., Marashi, H., Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S. (2019). Cultivation Effect of Chitinase-Transgenic Cotton on Functional Bacteria and Fungi in Rhizosphere and Bulk Soil. Iranian Journal of Biotechnology, 17 (2), 55-60.
Moshrefi Araghi, A., Nemati, S., Azizi, M., Moshtaghi, N., Shoor, M. (2019). Assessment of phytochemical and agro-morphological variability among different wild accessions of Mentha longifolia L. cultivated in field condition. Industrial Crops and Products, 140 (), 11698-11714.
Akbarpour Bahreh, M., Khajeh Hosseini, M., & Seifi, A. (2019). Potential of a single radicle emergence count in predicting field emergence of Desi chickpea seed lots as an alternative vigour test. Seed Science and Technology, (), -.
Sargazi Moghadam, Z., Moshtaghi, N., & Bagheri, A. (2019). THE EFFECT OF MUTATION ON MICRO PROPAGATION OF Crocus sativus L.. Plant Cell Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 20 (23), 1059-1065.
Shokouhifar, F., Bagheri, A., & Mamarabadi, M. (2019). Transient expression analysis of synthetic promoters containing F and D cis-acting elements in response to Ascochyta rabiei and two plant defense hormones. AMB Express, 9 (1), -.
Borhani, S., Vessal, S., Bagheri, A., & Shokouhifar, F. (2019). Differential Gene Expression Pattern of Drought Responsive Transcription Factors in Chickpea: An Expressional Analysis. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, (), -.
Bahman Fazeli-nasab, R. Z. Sayyed, Farsi, M., & Hesham Ali El-enshasy (2019). Genetic assessment of the internal transcribed spacer region (ITS1.2) in Mangifera indica L. landraces. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, (), -.
Habibi, M., Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S., Marashi, H. (2019). Expression of an epitope-based recombinant vaccine against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMDV) in tobacco plant (Nicotiana tabacum). Journal of Plant Molecular Breeding, 7 (1), 1-9.

Recent research projects

Moshtaghi, Nasrin,sargazi Moghadam, Zahra,zahedi, Asma (2019). Callus induction and propagation of medicinal plant Meadow rue,Thalictrum minus, for producing of berberine

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department

Phone: +985138804679-4722