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
Seyed Alireza Vakili
Associate Professor
Department of Animal Science

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

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


Recent journal articles

Saidi, S., Hassanabadi, A., & Zaeemi, M. (2023). Effects of cold stress on growth performance, carcass traits and tibia attributes in broiler chickens with thiram‐induced dyschondroplasia. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 107 (2), 659-670.
Heidari, S., Tahmasbi, A., & Naserian, A. (2023). Effect of two liquid feeds and two sources of dietary selenium on performance, blood metabolites and anti-oxidant status of Holstein neonatal female calves. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 13 (1), 43-55.
Reihaneh Alsadat Mahmoudian, Maharati Amirhosein, Parvaneh Mahmoudian, Fatemeh Fardi Golyan, Leila Mokhlessi, Mina Maftooh, Majid Khazaei, Nassiri, M., Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Ghayour-mobarhan, Gordon A Ferns, Shahidsales, & Amir Avan (2023). The therapeutic potential value of Cancer-testis antigens in immunotherapy of gastric cancer. Gene, 853 (), 147082-147092.
Aidin Nik Nia, Reza Vakili, & Tahmasbi, A. (2023). Role of zinc-methionine chelate on bone health and eggshell quality in late–phase laying hens. All life, 16 (1), -.
Zarghi, H., Hassanabadi, A., & Barzegar, N. (2023). Effect of organic and inorganic manganese supplementation on performance and eggshell quality in aged laying hens. Veterinary Medicine and Science, 9 (3), 1256-1268.
Nassiri, M. (2023). Integrated analysis of multi-omics data for the discovery of biomarkers and therapeutic targets for colorectal cancer. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 155 (), 106639-106649.
Roshanak, S., Yarabbi, H., Shahidi, F., Tabatabaei Yazdi, F., & Javadmanesh, A. (2023). Effects of adding poly-histidine tag on stability, antimicrobial activity and safety of recombinant buforin I expressed in periplasmic space of Escherichia coli. Scientific Reports, 2023 (13), 5508-5508.
Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2023). Evaluation of the health properties of lactobacilli isolated from an Iranian traditional dairy product. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 76 (2), 1-8.
Valizadeh, R. (2023). Can Alhaji maurorum as a halophyte plant be ensiled with molasses and Saccharomyces cerevisiae well?. AMB Express, 13 (1), -.
Azizaliabadi, F., Noruzi, H., & Hassanabadi, A. (2023). Effect of different levels of green tea (Camellia sinensis) and mulberry (Morus alba) leaves powder on performance, carcass characteristics, immune response and intestinal morphology of broiler chickens. Veterinary Medicine and Science, 9 (3), 1281-1291.
Karami, K., Zerehdaran, S., & Javadmanesh, A. (2023). Differential expression of RNAseq imprinted genes from bovine females before and after puberty. Biochemical Genetics, 61 (4), 1-17.
Al-jorani, J., Nassiri, M., & Javadmanesh, A. (2023). Optimization of Molecular Sex Identification in Ostrich Based on Multiplex PCR. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, 14 (2), 85-90.
Majdeddin, M., U. Braun, A. Lemme, Golian, A., Kermanshahi, H., S. D. Smet, & J. Michiels (2023). Effects of feeding guanidinoacetic acid on oxidative status and creatine metabolism in broilers subjected to chronic cyclic heat stress in the finisher phase. Poultry Science, 102 (6), 102653-102666.
Neam M. Khazaal, Hasan F.k. Alghetaa, Ahmed H. Alkhammas, Tahreer M. Al-thuwaini, Javadmanesh, A., Thamer R.s. Aljubouri, & Mohammed Baqur S. Al-shuhaib (2023). One intron variant in the oocyte expressed protein (OOEP) gene is associated with twinning rate, prolificacy, and several body measurement traits in Awassi ewes. Small Ruminant Research, 225 (8), 107008-107008.
Mahmoud Ghazaghi, Hassanabadi, A., & Mehran Mehri (2023). Apparent and standardized ileal amino acid digestibilities of corn, wheat, soybean meal, and corn gluten meal in quail chicks. Poultry Science, 102 (2), 102314-102321.
Azizaliabadi, F., Hassanabadi, A., Golian, A., Zerehdaran, S., & Noruzi, H. (2023). Evaluation of the Effect of Different Levels of Fiber and Fat on Young Broilers’ Performance, pH, and Viscosity of Digesta Using Response Surface Methodology. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 13 (2), 333-343.
Nassiri, M. (2023). Genetic contribution of caspase-8 variants and haplotypes to breast cancer risk and prognosis: a case-control study in Iran. BMC Medical Genomics, 16 (1), -.
Hanieh Azari, Elham Nazari, Amir Avan, Reza Mohit, Mina Maftooh, Nassiri, M., Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Majid Ghayour-mobarhan, Soodabeh Shahidsales, Majid Khazaei, & Gordon A. Ferns (2023). Machine learning algorithms reveal potential miRNAs biomarkers in gastric cancer. Scientific Reports, 13 (1), -.
Ghazaleh Khalili-tanha, Reza Mohit, Alireza Asadnia, Majid Khazaei, Mohammad Dashtiahangar, Mina Maftooh, Nassiri, M., Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Majid Ghayour-mobarhan, Mohammad Ali Kiani, Gordon A Ferns, Jyotsna Batra, Elham Nazari, & Amir Avan (2023). Identification of ZMYND19 as a novel biomarker of colorectal cancer: RNA-sequencing and machine learning analysis. Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling, 17 (4), 1469-1485.
Ghazaleh Pourali, Amir Mahmoud Ahmadzade, Mahshid Arastonejad, Pourali, R., Danial Kazemi, Hamidreza Ghasemirad, Majid Khazaei, Hamid Fiuji, Nassiri, M., Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Gordon A Ferns, & Amir Avan (2023). The circadian clock as a potential biomarker and therapeutic target in pancreatic cancer. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 479 (5), 1243-1255.
Taheri, S., Naghmeh Saedi, Zerehdaran, S., & Javadmanesh, A. (2023). Identification of selection signatures in Capra hircus and Capra aegagrus in Iran. Animal Science Journal, 94 (1), e13864-e13864.
Yami, H., Tahmoorespur, M., Javadmanesh, A., Abbas Tazarghi, & Sekhavati, M. (2023). The immunomodulatory effects of lactoferrin and its derived peptides on NF‐κB signaling pathway: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Immunity, Inflammation and Disease, 11 (8), -.
Azizaliabadi, F., Hassanabadi, A., Golian, A., Zerehdaran, S., & Noruzi, H. (2023). The Effects of Sugar Beet Pulp with Tallow and Soybean Oil on Broiler Chicken Performance and Jejunum Morphology. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 13 (3), 545-556.
Nassiri, M. (2023). Down regulation of Cathepsin W is associated with poor prognosis in pancreatic cancer. Scientific Reports, 13 (1), -.
Nassiri, M. (2023). Association of a Genetic Variant in Chromosome 9p21 with Increased Risk of Developing Cervical Cancer. Current Cancer Therapy Reviews, 19 (4), 358-362.
Khatibi Bardsiri, A., Valizadeh, R., Ebrahimi, S., & Naserian, A. (2023). تثیر تغذیه سطوح مختلف بیوچار معدنی بر عملکرد، فراسنجه‌های خونی، تولید و ترکیبات شیر گاوهای شیرده هلشتاین. , (), -.
Mahdavi Shahri, A., Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., Ebrahimi, S., & Darzilemraski, A. (2023). اثر مقدار نشاسته خوراک آغازین بر شاخص های بدنی، متابولیت های خونی و شاخص های عملکردی گوساله‌های شیرخوار هلشتاین. , (), -.
Kheirandish, P., Javadmanesh, A., & Danesh Mesgaran, M. (2023). Rumen‐protected l‐carnitine supplementation during mating period altered metabolic status and reproductive performance of ewes. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 108 (2), 300-309.
Zarnegar, Z., Ebrahimi, S., Rohani, A., Valizadeh, R., & Naserian, A. (2023). Determining Optimal Nonlinear Regression Models for Studying the Kinetics of Fatty Acid Ruminal Biohydrogenation In Vitro. ACS Omega, 8 (50), 48451-48464.
Darzi, A., Ebrahimi, S., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Tahmasbi, A., & Seifi, H. (2023). Productive and metabolic responses of Holstein dairy calves to different milk dry matter concentrations and two free water provision schedules. Journal of Livestock Science and Technologies, (), -.
Zarnegar, Z., Ebrahimi, S., Valizadeh, R., Naserian, A. (2023). Effect of micronization and vitamin E supplementation on ruminal biohydrogenation kinetic of whole flaked rapeseed. Journal of Applied Animal Research, 52 (1), -.
Alimardani, R., Raji, A., & Zarghi, H. (2023). تثیر تخیر در دسترسی به خوراک بر عملکرد رشد، جذب زرده و تغییرات بافتی دستگاه گوارش جوجه بلدرچین ژاپنی. , 19 (3), 5-13.
Nassiri, M., Shahrokh Ghovvati, Tahmoorespur, M., Bahrami, A., & Dehghani, H. (2023). Engineering Human Pancreatic RNase 1 as an Immunotherapeutic Agent for Cancer Therapy Through Computational and Experimental Studies. Protein Journal, 43 (2), 316-332.
Ghaemmaghami, M., Rajabioun, M., Khoramian Toosi, B., Azizzadeh, M., & Naserian, A. (2023). Ultrasonographic evaluation of the supramammary lymph nodes and udder’s tissue in Saanen goat and its relation with subclinical mastitis. Iranian Journal of Veterinary Research, 24 (3), 227-234.
Salari, A., Golian, A., & Hassanabadi, A. (2023). Effect of dietary lysophospholipid supplementation on growth performance, serum lipids, small intestine morphology and caeca microflora in broiler chickens. Veterinary Medicine and Science, 10 (1), -.
Riasi, M., Karbaschian, E., & Javadmanesh, A. (2023). Gene Silencing Method Based on DNA. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, 15 (1), 7-18.
Sekhavati, M., Pirkhezranian, Z. (2023). Designing and Computational Analysis of Chimeric Avian Influenza Antigen: A Yeast-Displayed Universal and Cross-Protective Vaccine Candidate. Journal of Poultry Sciences and Avian Diseases, 1 (1), 1-15.
Valizadeh, R. (2023). In vitro and in vivo investigation of Persian manna plant silage as an alternative forage for fattening lambs. Small Ruminant Research, 226 (), 107027-107035.

Recent research projects

Javadmanesh, Ali,zerehdaran, Saeed,shariati, Mohammad Mahdi,taheri, Sadegh,saedi, Naghmeh,karimi, Mohammad Osman,zeraatpisheh, Yasaman (2023). Genetic similarity between Baluchi sheep from Iran and Afghanistan

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science

Phone: +985138804633-5736

Fax: +985138807141