Department of Animal Science

Department of Animal Science at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of Animal Nutrition, Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Biotechnology, Farm Animal Physiology and Management. The Department was nominated and selected as “The Center for Excellence in Animal Science” in 2000 for a 10 year duration. The research priority in this department is “The application of Agricultural Sciences in farms and the effective utilization of agricultural by-products for milk, meat and egg production”.

The aim of the Department of Animal Science which was established in 1975 is to train undergraduate students as experts for working in farms managing the production units. For the postgraduate students the aim is to make them capable of planning, doing research, advising animal and agricultural farms and feeding pre-parathion industries. There is a strong tradition of training outstanding students and researchers in the field of Animal Science in our department in the Khorasan Razavi province, North-East of Iran.

The Master’s program (launched in 1987) attempts to train MS students to become capable of carrying out research in the fields of Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Genetics, Poultry Nutrition as well as supervision of farm animals and feed.

Educational areas of specialization in the M.S. program are: Genetics and Breeding, Animal Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Poultry Nutrition

In the Ph.D. program we aim to train students to become capable of solving animal production problems through appropriate research with respect to environmental sustainability. We also try to develop effective teaching skills in Ph.D. students.

Educational areas of specialization in the Ph.D. program are: Ruminant Nutrition, Animal Genetics and Breeding, Poultry Nutrition. More

Head of the Department of Animal Science
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Seyed Alireza Vakili
Associate Professor
Department of Animal Science
savakili@um.ac.ir
+985138805736


Concentration areas offered by the Department of Animal Science
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
Animal Science
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Animal Genetics and Breeding
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Poultry Nutrition
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Academic staff

Mohsen Danesh Mesgaran
Professor
Seyed Hadi Ebrahimi
Assistant Professor
Abolghasem Golian
Professor
Ahmad Hassanabadi
Professor
Ali Javadmanesh
Assistant Professor
Hassan Kermanshahi
Professor
Reza Majidzadeh Heravi
Assistant Professor
Abbas Ali Naserian
Professor
Mohammadreza Nassiri
Professor
Mohammad Hadi Sekhavati
Assistant Professor
Mohammad Mahdi Shariati
Assistant Professor
Abdol Mansour Tahmasbi
Professor
Mojtaba Tahmoorespur
Professor
Seyed Alireza Vakili
Associate Professor
Reza Valizadeh
Professor
Heydar Zarghi
Assistant Professor
Saeed Zerehdaran
Professor

Research

Recent journal articles

Alizadeh Behbahani, B., Tabatabaei Yazdi, F., Noorbakhsh, H., Fatemeh Riazi, Jajarmi, A., & Tabatabaie Yazdy, F. (2016). Study of the Antibacterial Activity of Methanolic and Aqueous Extracts of Myrtus communis on Pathogenic Strains Causing Infection. Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 18 (2), 1-7.
Tabatabaei Yazdi, F., Alizadeh Behbahani, B., Vasiee, A., Mortazavi, S., & Tabatabaie Yazdy, F. (2016). Antifungal activity of extracts Biarum carduchorum (Kardeh) on Aspergillus fumigatus and Penicillium expansum in vitro. Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 18 (4), 1-7.
Tahmoorespur, M., Sekhavati, M., Yousefi, S., Abbassi Daloii, T., Azghandi, M. (2016). In silico analysis of Omp25 and BLS Brucella melitensis antigens for designing subunit vaccine. Archives of Razi Institute, 71 (1), 35-42.
Kordi, M., Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., & Tahmasbi, A. (2016). Improving the Quality Properties of Extruded Linseed as Mixed with Different Absorbent Materials in Iran. Journal of Agriculture Science and Technology, 18 (2), 1-20.
Hosseinnia Valiseh, P., Tahmoorespur, M., S. M. Hosseini, M. Hajian, S. Ostadhosseini, Nassiri, M., & M. H. Nasr-esfahani (2016). Stage-Specific Profiling of Transforming Growth Factor-β, Fibroblast Growth Factor and Wingless-int Signaling Pathways during Early Embryo Development in The Goat. Cell Journal, 17 (4), 648-658.
Nazparvar, G., Razmara, M., Kermanshahi, H., & Daneshmand, A. (2016). Assessment of aflatoxin B1 adsorption efficacy of natural and processed bentonites: In vitro and in vivo assays. Applied Clay Science, 123 (1), 129-133.
Malekkhahi, M., Tahmasbi, A., Naserian, A., Danesh Mesgaran, M., J.l Kleen, O. Alzahal, & Hosseini Ghaffari, M. (2016). Effects of supplementation of active dried yeast and malate during sub-acute ruminal acidosis on rumen fermentation, microbial population, selected blood metabolites, and milk production in dairy cows. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 213 (3), 29-43.
Nasiri, K., Nassiri, M., Tahmoorespur, M., Haghparast, A., & Saeed Zibaee (2016). Design and construction of chimeric VP8-S2 antigen for bovine rotavirus and bovine coronavirus. Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 6 (1), 91-98.
Pasandideh, R., Nassiri, M., Raoof Delgosha, M., Aslaminejad, A., Tahmoorespur, M., S. Zibaei, Doosti, M., & M. Pasandideh (2016). Evaluation of cytokine mRNA expression in vaccinated guinea pigs with foot-and-mouth disease type O inactivated vaccine. Archives of Razi Institute, 71 (1), 15-19.
Faramarzi Garmroodi, A., Danesh Mesgaran, M., & Vakili, S. (2016). In vitro Estimation of Microbial Nitrogen Production and Ruminal Fermentation Responses to Levels and Applying Duration of a Commercial Enzyme Mixture. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (1), 87-93.
Naderinejad, S., F. Zaefarian, M.r. Abdollahi, Hassanabadi, A., Kermanshahi, H., & V. Ravindran (2016). Influence of feed form and particle size on performance,nutrient utilisation, and gastrointestinal tract developmentand morphometry in broiler starters fed maize-based diets. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 215 (5), 92-104.
Abdolvahabi, S., Zaeemi, M., Mohri, M., & Naserian, A. (2016). Age related changes in serum biochemical profile of Saanen goat kids during the first three months of life. Revue de Medecine Veterinaire, 167 (3), 106-112.
Ali Gilani, Kermanshahi, H., Golian, A., & Saeed Seifi (2016). Appraisal of the impact of aluminosilicate use on the health and performance of poultry. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 40 (2), 252-262.
Naserian, A., C. R. Staples, & Hosseini Ghaffari, M. (2016). Effects of replacing wheat bran by pistachio skins on feed intake, nutrient digestibility, milk yield, milk composition and blood metabolites of dairy Saanen goats. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 100 (2), 256-263.
Razzaghi, A., Valizadeh, R., Naserian, A., Danesh Mesgaran, M., A. J. Carpenter, & Hosseini Ghaffari, M. (2016). Effect of dietary sugar concentration and sunflower seed supplementation on lactation performance, ruminal fermentation, milk fatty acid profile, and blood metabolites of dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science, 99 (5), 3539-3548.
Hosseini, S., Kermanshahi, H., Nassiri Moghaddam, H., Nabipour, A., Mohammad Taher Mirakzeh, Hasan Saleh, & Mohammad Kazemifard (2016). Effects of 1.25-Dihydroxycholecalciferol and Hydroalcoholic Extract of Withania Coagulans Fruit on Bone Mineralization and Mechanical and Histological Properties of Male Broiler Chickens. Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science, 18 (1), 73-86.
Karimi, M., Shariati, M., Zerehdaran, S., M. H. Moradi, & Javadmanesh, A. (2016). Study of Genetic Diversity of Sheep Breeds in Afghanistan. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, 13 (1), 573-581.
Hasanpur, K., Nassiri, M., G. Hosseini Salekdeh, R. Vaez Torshizi, A. Pakdel, Kermanshahi, H., & M. Naghous (2016). The suitability of some blood gas and biochemical parameters as diagnostic tools or early indicators of ascites syndrome in broiler sire lines. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 100 (3), 456-463.
Abbas Mikhchi, Mahmood Honarvar, Nasser Emam Jomeh Kashan, Zerehdaran, S., & Mehdi Aminafshar (2016). Comparison of three boosting methods in parent-offspring trios for genotype imputation using simulation study. Journal of Animal Science and Technology, 58 (1), 1-6.
Hodjatpanah Montazeri, A., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Vakili, S., & Tahmasbi, A. (2016). Effect of Essential Oils of Various Plants as Microbial Modifier to Alter Corn Silage Fermentation and in vitro Methane Production. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (2), 269-276.
S. Arab Ameri, F. Samadi, B. Dastar, & Zerehdaran, S. (2016). Effect of Peppermint ( Mentha piperita ) Powder on Immune Response of Broiler Chickens in Heat Stress. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (2), 435-445.
Seyeddokht, A., Aslaminejad, A., Ali Masoudi-nejad, Nassiri, M., Javad Zahiri, & Balal Sadeghi (2016). Computational Detection of piRNA in Human Using Support Vector Machine. , 8 (1), 36-41.
Akbari Moghaddam Kakhki, R., Golian, A., & Zarghi, H. (2016). Effect of digestible methionine + cystine concentration on performance, egg quality and blood metabolites in laying hens. British Poultry Science, 57 (3), 403-414.
Akbari Moghaddam Kakhki, R., Golian, A., & Zarghi, H. (2016). Effect of dietary digestible lysine concentration on performance, egg quality, and blood metabolites in laying hens. Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 25 (4), 506-517.
Karami, F., Fallah Rad, A., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Azizzadeh, M., & Heidarpour, M. (2016). Effects of eCG in Milking Dairy Cows with High Levels of BUN and Synchronized with Ovsynch Protocol. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, 13 (2), 769-777.
Majidzadeh Heravi, R., M. Sankian, Kermanshahi, H., Nassiri, M., Heravi Moussavi, A., L. Roozbeh Nasiraii, & A. R. Varasteh (2016). Construction of a Probiotic Lactic Acid Bacterium that Expresses Acid-Resistant Phytase Enzyme. Journal of Agriculture Science and Technology, 18 (4), 925-936.
Nasiri, K., Nassiri, M., Tahmoorespur, M., Haghparast, A., & S. Zibaee (2016). Production and characterization of egg yolk antibody (IgY) against recombinant VP8-S2 antigen. Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 19 (2), 271-279.
Roudbari, Z., Nassiri, M., Tahmoorespur, M., & Haddad-mashadrizeh, A. (2016). Lentiviral mediated overexpression of Insulin like Growth Factor-1 in mouse myoblast. Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2 (62), 111-115.
Nasiri, K., Saeed Zibaee, Nassiri, M., Tahmoorespur, M., & Haghparast, A. (2016). Production of specific IgY antibody to the recombinant FanC protein produced in Escherichia coli. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 19 (8), 883-889.
Kermanshahi, H., Golian, A., Khodambashi Emami, N., Daneshmand, A., Ghofrani Tabari, D., & Salam A. Ibrahim (2016). Effects of in ovo injection of threonine on hatchability, intestinal morphology, and somatic attributes of Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Journal of Applied Animal Research, 0 (0), 1-5.
Salmani Izadi, M., Naserian, A., Nassiri, M., Majidzadeh Heravi, R., & Valizadeh, R. (2016). Evaluation of SCD and FASN Gene Expression in Baluchi, Iran-Black, and Arman Sheep. Reports of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 5 (1), 33-39.
Yaghoubi, A., Tahmasbi, A., Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., & Vakili, S. (2016). A comparison of nutritional value of raisin wastes obtained from two Iranian grape varieties by in vitro rumen fermentation. Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science, 4 (9), 233-238.
Bahrampour, J., Danesh Mesgaran, M., A. R. Arabpour, Vakili, S., & A. Khezri (2016). Risk factors affecting the culling of Iranian Holstein dairy cows. Journal of Livestock Science and Technologies, 4 (2), 15-23.
Yousefi, S., Sekhavati, M., & Abbassi Daloii, T. (2016). Cloning and molecular characterization of Omp31 gene from Brucella melitensis Rev 1 strain. Archives of Razi Institute, 71 (2), 117-124.
Mohammad Hossein Nasr Esfahani, Mohammad Reza Deemeh, Marziyeh Tavalaee, Sekhavati, M., & Hamid Gourabi (2016). Zeta Sperm Selection Improves Pregnancy Rate and Alters Sex Ratio in Male Factor Infertility Patients: A Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial. International Journal of Fertility and Sterility, 10 (2), 253-260.
Danesh Mesgaran, M., Nazari, M., Vakili, S., Falahatizow, J., & Fadaee, S. (2016). Dose‐Response Effects of Various Rumen Microbial Modifier Essential Oils on Protein Degradation Using in vitro Gas Production Technique. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (3), 535-542.
S. J. Hosseini-vashan, Golian, A., & A. Yaghobfar (2016). Growth, immune, antioxidant, and bone responses of heat stress-exposed broilers fed diets supplemented with tomato pomace. International Journal of Biometeorology, 60 (8), 1183-1192.
Hosseini, S., Tahmoorespur, M., Sekhavati, M., & Nassiri, M. (2016). Construction and Cloning of a Recombinant Expression Vector Containing Human Cd20 Gene for Antibody Therapy in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. , 0 (0), 0-0.
Mohammad Nasehia, Nor Mohammad Torbatinejad, Zerehdaran, S., & Amir Reza Safaie (2016). Effect of solid-state fermentation by oyster mushroom (Pleurotus florida) on nutritive value of some agro by-products. Journal of Applied Animal Research, 45 (1), 221-226.
Akbarian, A., Joris.michiels, Jeroen Degroote, Majdeddin, M., Golian, A., & Stefaan De Smet (2016). Association between heat stress and oxidative stress in poultry; mitochondrial dysfunction and dietary interventions with. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, 7 (37), 1-14.
Kamalinasab, M., Vakili, S., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Valizadeh, R., & S.r. Nabavi (2016). Modelling Anaerobic Digestion of Cow Manure to predict Methane Flow Rate. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (3), 525-533.
Rajaeisharifabadi, H., Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., Nassiri, M., W. G. Bottje, & R. R. Redden (2016). Growth performance, feed digestibility, body composition, and feeding behavior of high- and low-residual feed intake fat-tailed lambs under moderate feed restriction. Journal of Animal Science, 94 (8), 3382-3388.
Jafarpour Borojeni, M., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Vakili, S., & Naserian, A. (2016). In vitro Ruminal Acid Load and Methane Emission Responses to Supplemented Lactating Dairy Cow Diets with Inorganic Compounds Varying in Buffering Capacities. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (4), 769-775.
Ahmadi Hamedani, M., Tahmasbi, A., Naserian, A., & Yousef Jafari Ahangari (2016). Evaluation of vitamin E on microscopic parameters of chilled and frozen stored ram semen. Der Pharma Chemica, 8 (6), 16-22.
Rezaeenia, A., Naserian, A., & A. Mokhtarpour (2016). Chemical Composition, Fatty Acids Profile and Biological Evaluation of Tannins of Selected Date Seeds Grown in Iran. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (3), 517-524.
Kordi, M., Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., Tahmasbi, A., & M. Safarian (2016). Improving Qualitative Properties of Extruded Linseed as Mixed with Different Absorbent Materials in Iran. Journal of Agriculture Science and Technology, 18 (2), 337-345.
Karami, K., Zerehdaran, S., Tahmoorespur, M., Barzanooni, B., & E. Lotfi (2016). Genetic evaluation of weekly body weight in Japanese quail using random regression models. British Poultry Science, 1 (1), 1-6.
Yousefi, S., Tahmoorespur, M., & Sekhavati, M. (2016). Cloning, expression and molecular analysis of Iranian Brucella melitensis Omp25 gene for designing a subunit vaccine. Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 11 (5), 412-418.
Ashayerizadeh O, Dastar B, Samadi F, Khomeiri M, Yamchi A, & Zerehdaran, S. (2016). Effects of Lactobacillus-Based Probiotic on Performance, Gut Microflora, Hematology and Intestinal Morphology in Young Broiler Chickens Challenged with Salmonella Typhimurium. Poultry Science Journal, 4 (2), 157-165.
Roudbari, Z., Nassiri, M., Tahmoorespur, M., Haddad-mashadrizeh, A., & Javadmanesh, A. (2016). Recombinant lentivirus expression vector for insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) gene delivery. Online Journal of Veterinary Research, 20 (8), 563-570.
R.vakili, & Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2016). Performance and Egg Quality of Laying Hens Fed Diets Supplemented with Herbal Extracts and Flaxseed. Poultry Science Journal, 4 (2), 107-116.
Naeemipour, H., Tahmoorespur, M., & Shariati, M. (2016). The study of productive and reproductive traits of first lactation in arid and semi-arid climate Holstein dairy cows of Iran. International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology and Research, 7 (4), 87-92.
A. Gilani, Kermanshahi, H., Golian, A., Mohammadpour, A., & Gholizadeh, M. (2016). Appraisal of acidulants and acid-binding capacity in corn-soybean meal diets on productive variables, nutrient digestibility and gastrointestinal ecology of broilers. Revue de Medecine Veterinaire, 167 (10), 341-350.
Roudbari, Z., Nassiri, M., Tahmoorespur, M., Haddad-mashadrizeh, A., & Javadmanesh, A. (2016). Construction of the Recombinant Lentiviral Vector Containing Human GH1 Gene and Its Expression in HEK293T Cells. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, 8 (2), 71-77.
F. Samadi, B. Dastar, & Zerehdaran, S. (2016). Efficiency of Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Powder on Performance, Body Temperature and Carcass Characteristics of Broiler Chickens in Heat Stress Condition. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (4), 943-950.
Akbari Moghaddam Kakhki, R., Bakhshalinejad, R., Hassanabadi, A., & P. Ferket (2016). Effects of dietary organic zinc and α-tocopheryl acetate supplements on growth performance, meat quality, tissues minerals, and α-tocopherol deposition in broiler chickens. Poultry Science, 96 (5), 1257-1267.
S.a. Mirghelenj, Golian, A., M.a. Behroozlak, & S.moradi (2016). Effects of Different Fat Sources in Finisher Diet of Broiler Chickens on Performance, Fat Deposition and Blood Metabolites. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (1), 143-148.

Recent research projects

Tahmoorespur, Mojtaba,nazifi, Narges,pirkhezranian, Zana (2016). Insilico epitope perdiction of PA antigene of Bacilluc antrasis bacteria

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science

Phone: +985138804633-5736

Fax: +985138807141