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
Mohammadreza Nassiri
Mohammad Hadi Sekhavati
Assistant Professor
Mohammad Mahdi Shariati
Assistant Professor
Abdol Mansour Tahmasbi
Mojtaba Tahmoorespur
Seyed Alireza Vakili
Associate Professor
Reza Valizadeh
Heydar Zarghi
Assistant Professor
Saeed Zerehdaran


Recent journal articles

Ghazaghi, M., Hassanabadi, A., & Mehran Mehri (2019). Pre-cecal phosphorus digestibility for corn, wheat, soybean meal, and corn gluten meal in growing Japanese quails from 28 to 32 d of age. Animal Nutrition, 5 (2), 148-151.
Hosseini, S., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Vakili, S., Naserian, A., & Ehsan Khafipour (2019). Altering undigested neutral detergent fiber through additives applied in corn, whole barley crop, and alfalfa silages, and its effect on performance of lactating Holstein dairy cows. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences, 32 (3), 375-386.
Zarnegar, Z., Ebrahimi, S., Naserian, A., & Valizadeh, R. (2019). Chemical composition and in vitro rumen fermentation of ensiled sugar industry coproducts. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 43 (1), 1-9.
Naeemipour, H., Shariati, M., Zerehdaran, S., Jabbari Nooghabi, M., & Peter Lovendahl (2019). Using quantile regression for fitting lactation curve in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Research, 86 (1), 19-24.
Pirzadehnaeini, A., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Vakili, S., & Ebrahimi, S. (2019). Milk Production and Composition, and Intake of Holstein Lactating Cows Fed Diets with Partial Substitution of Soybean Meal with Flaked Field Pea. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 9 (1), 45-50.
Nazifi, N., Tahmoorespur, M., Sekhavati, M., Haghparast, A. (2019). Assessment of Signal Peptides to Optimize Interleukin 2 -IL-2- Folding and Expression. Current Proteomics, 16 (3), 188-198.
Doosti, M., Nassiri, M., Nasiri, K., Tahmoorespur, M. (2019). Effect of IL-2 co-expressed or co-inoculated with immuno-dominant epitopes from VP1 protein of FMD virus on immune responses in BALB/c mice. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 22 (3), 302-309.
Khaligh Gharetappe, F., Hassanabadi, A., Nassiri Moghaddam, H., Golian, A., & Kalidari, G. (2019). Effect of probiotic administration route and dietary nutrient density on growth performance, gut health, and some hematological variables in healthy or Eimeria-infected broiler chickens. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 9 (3), 473-485.
Bakhshalinejad, R., Hassanabadi, A., & Robert A. Swick (2019). Dietary sources and levels of selenium supplements affect growth performance, carcass yield, meat quality and tissue selenium deposition in broilers. Animal Nutrition, 5 (3), 256-263.
Jahandar, M., Nassiri, M., Khadijeh Nasiri, & Haghparast, A. (2019). Production and Purification of Specific IgY Against InvG Protein of Salmonella typhimurium. International Journal of Infection, In Press (), -.
Doosti, M., Nassiri, M., Nasiri, K., Tahmoorespur, M., & Zibaee, S. (2019). Immunogenic evaluation of FMD virus immuno-dominant epitopes coupled with IL-2/FcIgG in BALB/c mice. Micobial Pathogenesis, 132 (0), 30-37.
Aami Azghadi, M., Kermanshahi, H., Golian, A., Rasoul Kadkhodaee, & Vakili, S. (2019). Method of Production and Assessment of an Encapsulated Choline Chloride and Its Effects on Growth Performance and Serum Lipid Indices in Broilers. Poultry Science Journal, 7 (1), 77-86.
Zhaleh, S., Golian, A., & Zerehdaran, S. (2019). Effect of Rolled or Extruded Flaxseeds in Finisher Diet on Pellet Quality, Performance, and n-3 Fatty Acids in Breast and ThighMuscles of Broiler Chickens. Poultry Science Journal, 7 (1), 63-75.
R. Akbari Moghaddam Kakhki, Z. Anwar, Bakhshalinejad, R., Golian, A., & James France (2019). Application of adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference systems to estimate digestible critical amino acid requirements in young broiler chicks. Poultry Science, 98 (8), 3233-3239.
Darzi, A., & Ebrahimi, S. (2019). Prospective Effects of Regrouping, Number of Animals in Each Group and Concentrate Specificity on Profitability of Lactating Dairy Cows. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 9 (2), 225-228.
Akbari Moghaddam Kakhki, R., Sekhavati, M., A. Bahrami, Majidzadeh Heravi, R., & Yousefi, S. (2019). Production of Brucella lumazine Synthase Recombinant Protein to Design a Subunit Vaccine against Undulant Fever. Archives of Razi Institute, 74 (1), 2-6.
Yousefi, S., Abbassi Daloii, T., Tahmoorespur, M., & Sekhavati, M. (2019). Nanoparticle or conventional adjuvants: which one improves immune response against Brucellosis?. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 22 (4), 1-7.
Abbassi Daloii, T., Yousefi, S., Tahmoorespur, M., & Sekhavati, M. (2019). The antigenicity performance of divalent recombinant B. melitensis vaccines versus univalent ones. Alexandria Journal of Medicine, 55 (1), 31-36.
Karami, K., Zerehdaran, S., Javadmanesh, A., & Shariati, M. (2019). Assessment of maternal and parent of origin effects in genetic variation of economic traits in Iranian native fowl. British Poultry Science, 60 (5), 486-492.
Karami, K., Zerehdaran, S., Javadmanesh, A., Shariati, M., & Hossein Fallahi (2019). Characterization of bovine (Bos taurus) imprinted genes from genomic to amino acid attributes by data mining approaches. PLOS One, 14 (6), e0217813-22.
Mehrabadi, M., Vakili, S., Danesh Mesgaran, M., & Valizadeh, R. (2019). Evaluation of Potential New Opportunities for Herbal Plants as Natural Products on Rumen Fermentation Patterns in vitro. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 9 (2), 205-216.
Mansourbahmany, M., Vakili, S., Danesh Mesgaran, M., M.r Rezaie Rayeni, & E Rezvan Nejhad (2019). Radon transfer from water to milk. Caspian Journal of Environmental Sciences, 16 (3), 241-248.
Majdeddin, M., Golian, A., Kermanshahi, H., Joris Michiels (2019). Effects of methionine and guanidinoacetic acid supplementation on performance and energy metabolites in breast muscle of male broiler chickens fed corn-soybean diets. British Poultry Science, 60 (5), 554-563.
Mohsen Kazemia, & Valizadeh, R. (2019). Nutritive Value of Rangeland Plants Compared to Medicago sativa. Journal of Rangeland Science, 9 (2), 136-150.
Nooshin Taghizadegan, Mohsen Firozrai, Nassiri, M., & Ariannejad, H. (2019). Use of Molecular Dynamic Tools in Engineering of Onconase Enzyme to Increase Cellular Uptake and Evade RI. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics, 26 (2), 737-743.
M.h. Beheshti Moghadam, M. Behgar, & Kermanshahi, H. (2019). Effects of gamma and electron radiation on chemical composition and some phyto-chemical properties of whole flaxseed. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, (), -.
Mohammadhasani, S., Mo, E., & Sekhavati, M. (2019). Region-Based Epitope Prediction, Docking and Dynamic Studies of OMP31 as a Dominant Antigen in Human and Sheep Brucella. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics, (), -.
Roozbeh, B., Moazzami, M., Rashidlamir, A., Moosavi, Z., & Javadmanesh, A. (2019). The Eff ect of resistance training and growth hormone injection on circulating IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 levels in a rat model. Iranian Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology, 11 (1), 13-18.
Tanhaeian, A., Azghandi, M., Mousavi, S., & Javadmanesh, A. (2019). Expression of Thanatin in HEK293 Cells and Investigation of its Antibacterial Effects on Some Human Pathogens. Protein and Peptide Letters, 27 (1), 41-47.
Attar, A., Kermanshahi, H., Golian, A., Abbasipour, A., & Daneshmand, A. (2019). Conditioning time and sodium bentonite affect pellet quality, growth performance, nutrient retention and intestinal morphology of growing broiler chickens. British Poultry Science, 60 (6), 777-783.
Zarghi, H., Golian, A., & Nikbakhtzade, M. (2019). Effect of dietary digestible lysine level on growth performance, blood metabolites and meat quality of broilers 23–38 days of age. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 104 (1), 156-165.
Ashrafi Ahmad Abad, F., Nassiri, M., & Javadmanesh, A. (2019). The Comparative Analysis of Gene Expression Profiles in Lymph Node Cells of Naturally BLV-infected and Uninfected Bovine. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, 11 (1), 14-22.
Alipour, F., Vakili, S., Danesh Mesgaran, M., & Ebrahimi, S. (2019). The effect of adding ethanolic saffron petal extract and vitamin E on growth performance, blood metabolites and antioxidant status in Baluchi male lambs. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences, 32 (11), 1695-1704.
Daneshmand, A., Kermanshahi, H., Sekhavati, M., Javadmanesh, A., & Ahmadian, M. (2019). Antimicrobial peptide, cLF36, affects performance and intestinal morphology, microflora, junctional proteins, and immune cells in broilers challenged with E. coli. Scientific Reports, 9 (1), -.
Javadmanesh, A., & Tomasz Sadkowski (2019). Transcriptomic analysis on the promoter regions discover gene networks involving mastitis in cattle. Micobial Pathogenesis, 137 (), 103801-1038027.
Abdulkareem Abdullah, T., Nassiri, M., Safari, O., & Javadmanesh, A. (2019). Genetic diversity for three populations of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) based on sequencing of mtDNA genes. Marsh Bulletin, 14 (1), 1-10.
Falahatizow, J., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Vakili, S., Kafi, M., & M.d.stern (2019). Invitro Utilizable Crude Protein at the Duodenum of Dairy Cows of Various Ecotypes of Kochia scoparia Fertilized with Nitrogen. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 9 (3), 409-418.
Forouharmehr, A., Nassiri, M., & Javadmanesh, A. (2019). Production and introduction of a novel immunotoxin based on engineered RNase A for inducing death to Her1‐positive cell lines. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 234 (11), 1-9.
Pirkhezranian, Z., & Sekhavati, M. (2019). Expression of Enterocin-P in HEK Platform: Evaluation of Its Cytotoxic Effects on Cancer Cell Lines and Its Potency to Interact with Cell-Surface Glycosaminoglycan by Molecular Modeling. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics, (), -.
Davoudi, S., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Vakili, S., Valizadeh, R. (2019). In vitro Effect of Essential Oils on Rumen Fermentation and Microbial Nitrogen Yield of High Concentrate Dairy Cow Diet. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, 16 (2), 333-341.
Nazifi, N., Tahmoorespur, M., Sekhavati, M., Haghparast, A. (2019). In vivo immunogenicity assessment and vaccine efficacy evaluation of a chimeric tandem repeat of epitopic region of OMP31 antigen fused to interleukin 2 (IL-2) against Brucella melitensis in BALB/c mice. BMC Veterinary Research, 15 (1), -.
Tahmoorespur, M., Azghandi, M., Javadmanesh, A., & Sekhavati, M. (2019). A Novel Chimeric Anti-HCV Peptide Derived from Camel Lactoferrin and Molecular Level Insight on Its Interaction with E2. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics, 25 (4), 1-13.
Yarabbi, H., Mortazavi, S., Yavarmanesh, M., & Javadmanesh, A. (2019). In Silico Study of Different Signal Peptides to Express Recombinant Glutamate Decarboxylase in the Outer Membrane of Escherichia coli. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics, (), -.
Valizadeh, R., Naserian, A., Richard Laven, & Kristina Ruth Mueller (2019). Effects of dietary supplementation of bentonite and Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall on acute-phase protein and liver function in high-producing dairy cows during transition period. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 51 (5), 1225-1237.
Moslem Bashtani, Naserian, A., Homayoun Farhangfar, Mahin Rasani (2019). Grape seed oil supplementation in lamb diet: effect on meat oxidation stability and muscle fatty acids. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 18 (1), 1302-1309.
Naserian, A. (2019). Effect of dietary supplementation of bentonite and yeast cell wall on serum endotoxin, inflammatory parameters, serum and milk aflatoxin in high-producing dairy cows during the transition period. Comparative Clinical Pathology, (), -.
A. Khatibi Shahri, Danesh Mesgaran, M. (2019). Effect of Feeding of Various Types of Soybean Meal and Differently Processed Barley Grain on Performance of High Producing Lactating Holstein Dairy Cows. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 9 (4), 625-633.
Hajmohammadi, M., Valizadeh, R., Naserian, A., Ramon S Rocha, & Carlos A F Oliveira (2019). Composition and occurrence of aflatoxin M 1 in cow's milk samples from Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran. International Journal of Dairy Technology, 73 (1), 40-45.
Mo, E., Pirkhezranian, Z., Hassan Monhemi, Jamshid Razmyar, Tahmoorespur, M., & Sekhavati, M. (2019). Epitope characterization, docking and molecular dynamic simulation studies on two main immunogenic Canarypox virus proteins. Biotecnologia Aplicada, 36 (1), 1211-1218.
Majidzadeh Heravi, R., & Hashemi Attar, M. (2019). Does Protein Similarity of Pluripotency Factors Mean Their Gene Ontology Semantic Similarity?. Journal of Epigenetics, 1 (2), 31-39.

Recent research projects

Ghiasvand, Mehrdad,rezaei, Elahe,kargar, Farogh,majidzadeh Heravi, Reza (2019). Stabilization of freeze-dried probiotic Lactobacillus sp. with the addition of sugars, carbohydrate polymers and peptidic coverage.
Azadegan Mehr, Mona,mirghelenj, Seyed Ali,alipour Khesht, Fahimeh,hassanabadi, Ahmad (2019). Effects of in ovo injection of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) on hatchability, growth performance, intestine morphology and avian -defensins gene expression in the cecal tonsils of broiler chickens
,,vakili, Seyed Alireza (2019). The effect of cation source on performance and milk fatty acid profile fluctuations during milk fat depression
Mo, El,tanhaeian, Abas,arouiee, Hossein,tahmoorespur, Mojtaba,sekhavati, Mohammad Hadi,khoramian Toosi, Babak (2019). Evaluation of synergistic effects of cLFchimera, plant essential oil and antibiotics against major mastitis-causing pathogens
Golzarian, Mahmood Reza,samsami, Rezvan,roshandelghalezo, Maryam,sajadi Balghor, Haniyeh,ebrahimi, Seyed Hadi (2019). Profitability assessment of infra-red ray radiation for proccessing of maize grains in the finishing lamb diet

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science

Phone: +985138804633-5736

Fax: +985138807141