Department of Biology

The Department of Biology was established in 1967. The aim of this department in the B.Sc. program is to acquaint students with the basics of Biology, different theories, and applications of Biology in other fields. The minimum duration of study is 7 semesters, i.e. 3.5 years. There are 136 credit hours offered in this program.

The Department of Biology also offers Masters and Ph.D. programs. Currently, there are 8 areas of specialization (educational areas of specializations) offered at the M.Sc. level: Cell and Molecular Biology, Animal Physiology, Animal Biosystematics, Plant Systematic-Ecology, Plant Physiology, Microbiology, Microbial Biotechnology, Cell and Developmental Biology.

At the Ph.D. program, students can choose Cell and Molecular Biology, Animal Physiology, Animal Biosystematics, Plant Ecology, or Plant Physiology to continue their education. More

Head of the Department of Biology
Masoumeh Bahreini
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Biology
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Academic staff

Parvaneh Abrishamchi
Associate Professor
Mansour Aliabadian
Ali Asadollahi
Assistant Professor
Ahmad Reza Bahrami
Masoumeh Bahreini
Assistant Professor
Morteza Behnam Rassouli
Fatemeh Behnam Rassouli
Assistant Professor
Monireh Cheniany
Assistant Professor
Hamid Ejtehadi
Masoud Fereidoni
Ali Ganjeali
Associate Professor
Farhang Haddad
Associate Professor
Roya Lari
Assistant Professor
Ali Makhdoumi
Assistant Professor
Mansour Mashreghi
Omid Mirshamsi
Associate Professor
Maryam Moghaddam Matin
Ali Moghimi
Zeinab Neshati
Assistant Professor
Atefeh Pirani Osguei
Assistant Professor
Bahar Shahnavaz
Assistant Professor
Mirza Mohammad Reza Sharifmoghadam
Assistant Professor
Roohollah Siahsarvie
Assistant Professor
Jamil Vaezi
Associate Professor
Faezeh Yazdani Moghaddam
Assistant Professor


Recent journal articles

Asadi, S., , , Fereidoni, M., Kordi Jaz, E., & Moghimi, A. (2018). The effect of intracerebroventricular administration of orexin receptor type 2 antagonist on pentylenetetrazolinduced kindled seizures and anxiety in rats. BMC Neuroscience, 19 (49), 1-8.
N. Gholampour-faroji, Haddad-mashadrizeh, A., Mirahmadi, M., Monhemi, H, Shahreki - Mojahed,s, Bahrami, A., Housaindokht, M., Moghaddam Matin, M., Zomorodipour, A, Dadjoo ,p, & Nohtani, M. (2018). In-silico evidences of regulatory roles of WT1 transcription factor binding sites on the intervening sequences of the human Bcl-2 gene. Current Bioinformatics, 22 (13), 260-272.
Housaindokht, M., Verdian, A., Sheikhzadeh, E., Pordeli, P., Rouhbakhsh Zaeri, Z., Janati Fard, F., Nosrati, M., Mashreghi, M., Haghparast, A., Nakhaei Pour, A., Esmaeili, A., & Soleymani, S. (2018). A sensitive electrochemical aptasensor based on single wall carbon nanotube modified screen printed electrode for detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7. Advanced Materials Letters, 0 (0), 0-0.
A. Haghani, Aliabadian, M., J. Sarhangzadeh, & A. Setoodeh (2018). Evaluation of genetic diversity and population structure of Macqueen’s Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii in Iran. Bird Study, 65 (1), 108-113.
Eftekhar, N., Moghimi, A., & Mohammad Hossein Boskabadi (2018). Prophylactic effect of rosmarinic acid on tracheal responsiveness, white blood cell count and oxidative stress markers in lung lavage of sensitized rat. Pharmacological Reports, 70 (1), 119-125.
Abedin, E., Lari, R., Mahdavi Shahri, N., & Fereidoni, M. (2018). Development of a demineralized and decellularized human epiphyseal bone scaffold for tissue engineering: A histological study. Tissue and Cell, 55 (), 46-52.
Kazemi Taklimi, S., Mahdavi Shahri, N., Lari, R., & Behnam Rassouli, F. (2018). The Effects of Cadmium on Development of Somites in Chick Embryo (Gallus gallus domesticus) Under in Vitro Conditions. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 0 (0), 0-0.
Ali Ranjbar Jafarabadi, Alireza Riyahi Bakhtiari, Aliabadian, M., Hedouin Laetitia, Amirhossein Shadmehri Toosi, & Chee. Kong Yap (2018). First report of bioaccumulation and bioconcentration of aliphatic hydrocarbons (AHs) and persistent organic pollutants (PAHs, PCBs and PCNs) and their effects on alcyonacea and scleractinian corals and their endosymbiotic algae from the Persian Gulf, Iran: Inter and intra-species differences. Science of The Total Environment, 627 (1), 141-157.
Makhdoumi, A. (2018). Bacterial diversity in south coast of Caspian Sea: Culture-dependent and culture-independent survey. Caspian Journal of Environmental Sciences, 16 (3), 259-269.
Shafaie, S., Mirshamsi, O., Aliabadian, M., Majid Moradmand, & Yuri M. Marusik (2018). A new Pardosa species from northern Iran (Araneae, Lycosidae). Zootaxa, 4387 (2), 350-364.
Atashgahi, Z., Ejtehadi, H., Mansoor Mesdaghi, & Ghassemzadeh, Z. (2018). Plant diversity of the Heydari Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Iran, with a checklist of vascular plants. Phytotaxa, 340 (2), 101-127.
Rasti Sani, M., Ganjeali, A., Lahouti, M., & (2018). Morphological and physiological responses of two common bean cultivars to drought stress. , 6 (22), 37-45.
Pirani Osguei, A., , , & (2018). Untangling phylogenetic patterns and taxonomic confusion in tribe Caryophylleae (Caryophyllaceae) with special focus on generic boundaries. Taxon, 67 (1), 83-112.
Shafaee, M., Kafshdare Goharshadi, E., Mashreghi, M., & (2018). TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2@graphene quantum dots nancomposites as effective visible/solar light photocatalysts. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 357 (1), 90-102.
Alaie Kakhki, N., Aliabadian, M., , , , , & (2018). Phylogeography of the Oenanthe hispanica–pleschanka–cypriaca complex (Aves, Muscicapidae: Saxicolinae): Diversification history of open‐habitat specialists based on climate niche models, genetic data, and morphometric data. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 56 (1), 408-427.
Mohammadi, Z., Darvish, J., Aliabadian, M., Yazdani Moghaddam, F., , & (2018). Pleistocene diversification of Afghan pikas Ochotona rufescens (Gray, 1842) (Lagomorpha; Ochotonidae) in Western Asia. Mammalian biology, 91 (1), 10-22.
Masoudi, M., Mashreghi, M., Kafshdare Goharshadi, E., & Meshkini, A. (2018). Multifunctional fluorescent titania nanoparticles: green preparation and applications as antibacterial and cancer theranostic agents. Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine and Biotechnology, 46 (2), 248-259.
Moghimi, A., & (2018). Topological feature extraction of nonlinear signals and trajectories and its application in EEG signals classi cation. Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, 26 (3), 1329-1342.
Mahmoodabadi, A., Kompany, A., & Mashreghi, M. (2018). Characterization, antibacterial and cytotoxicity studies of grapheneFe3O4 nanocomposites and Fe3O4 nanoparticles synthesized by a facile solvothermal method. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 213 (1), 285-294.
Abbasi Shaye, M., Sharifmoghadam, M., Bahreini, M., & Amiri, G. (2018). Study of the Role of Efflux Pumps in Amikacin-Resistant Acinetobacter Isolates from Teaching Hospitals of Mashhad, Iran. Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology, 11 (4), 1-7.
S. S. Hosseinian Yousefkhani, Aliabadian, M., & Marco A. L. Zuffi (2018). Habitat preferences of Caucasian rock agama Paralaudakia caucasia (Sauria: Agamidae) in urban and natural habitats in northeastern Iran. Polish Journal of Ecology, 66 (1), 48-56.
S. Lashkari, A. Sheikhani, M. R. Hashemi Golpayegani, Moghimi, A., & H.r. Kobravi (2018). Detection and Prediction of Absence Seizures Based on Nonlinear Analysis of the EEG in Wag/Rij Animal Model. International Clinical Neurosciences Journal, 5 (1), 21-27.
Saghravanian, S., Fereidoni, M., & Asadollahi, A. (2018). The effect of Ferula szowitsiana extract on chemical pain in male Wistar rats. Archives of Biological Sciences, 70 (2), 365-369.
Erfani, S., Moghimi, A., N. Aboutaleb, & M. Khaksari (2018). Nesfatin-1 Improve Spatial Memory Impairment Following Transient Global Cerebral Ischemia/Reperfusion via Inhibiting Microglial and Caspase-3 Activation. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 0 (0), 0-0.
Mirshamsi, O., , & L. Karami (2018). New data on the spider fauna of Iran (Arachnida: Araneae), Part V. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics, 13 (2), 183-197.
Shafaie, S., Mirshamsi, O., Aliabadian, M., M. Moradmand, & Y.m. Marusik (2018). Pardosa colchica Mcheidze, 1946: a first report from West Azerbaijan Province, Iran (Araneae: Lycosidae). Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics, 13 (2), 199-206.
Nazari, F., Mirshamsi, O., A. Sari, Aliabadian, M., & P. Martinez Arbizu (2018). Three new Canuellidae (Copepoda: Canuelloida) from Iran. Zootaxa, 4446 (4), 401-441.
Nourani, L., Aliabadian, M., N. Dinparast Djadid, & Mirshamsi, O. (2018). Occurrence of Haemoproteus spp. (Haemosporida: Haemoproteidae) in New Host Records of Passerine Birds from the East of Iran. Iranian Journal of Parasitology, 13 (2), 267-274.
Saboormaleki, S., , Bahrami, A., Orafai, A., & Moghaddam Matin, M. (2018). 7-Farnesyloxycoumarin exerts anti-cancer effects on a prostate cancer cell line by 15-LOX-1 inhibition. Archives of Iranian Medicine, 21 (6), 251-259.
E. Mostafavi, A. Ghasemi, M. Rohani, L. Molaeipoor, S. Esmaeili, Mahmoudi, A., Aliabadian, M., & A. Johansson (2018). Molecular Survey of Tularemia and Plague in Small Mammals From Iran. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 8 (1), 1-8.
M. S. Hosseinzadeh, Aliabadian, M., & E. Rastegar-pouyani (2018). Deep Mitochondrial and Morphological Differentiation of Hemidactylus persicus Anderson, 1872 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in Iran. Herpetological Journal, 28 (1), 101-109.
M. Ghanbarifardi, Aliabadian, M., & H. R. Esmaeili (2018). Phylogeography of Walton’s Mudskipper, Periophthalmus waltoni Koumans, 1941 (Perciformes: Gobiidae), from the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Zoology in the Middle East, 64 (3), 207-218.
M. Sheibani, & Pirani Osguei, A. (2018). TRICHOME MICROMORPHOLOGY OF SILENE (CARYOPHYLLACEAE) SPECIES IN IRAN. Iranian Journal of Botany, 24 (1), 28-44.
Fakharzadeh, F., Darvish, J., H. Gh. Kami, Ghassemzadeh, Z., & E. Rastegar-pouyani (2018). KARYOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF Bufo variabilis (ANURA: BUFONIDAE) POPULATIONS FROM NORTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST OF IRAN. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 25 (1), 56-60.
Asadi Shamsabadi, E., Azarpour, A., Makhdoumi, A., & Sharifi, S. (2018). Z-Scan and Absorption Study of Crocin and Rhodamine B Decolorization by Bacterial Laccase. Journal of Fluorescence, 28 (5), 1093-1103.
Talebi, S., Makhdoumi, A., Bahreini, M., Moghaddam Matin, M., & H. Moradi (2018). Three novel Bacillus strains from a traditional lacto-fermented pickle as potential probiotics. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125 (3), 888-896.
Hosseinian Yousefkhani, S., Aliabadian, M., E. Rastegar-pouyani, Darvish, J., S. Shafiei, & M. E. Sehhatisabet (2018). Description of a new species of the genus Agamura Blanford, 1874 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from southern Iran. Zootaxa, 4457 (2), 325-331.
M. Ravinet, T. Oldeide Elgvin, C. Trier, Aliabadian, M., Andrey Gavrilov (2018). Signatures of human-commensalism in the house sparrow genome. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285 (1884), 1-10.
Heirani Tabasi, A., , Moghaddam Matin, M., , , , , , , & Bahrami, A. (2018). Augmented migration of mesenchymal stem cells correlates with the subsidiary CXCR4 variant. Cell Adhesion and Migration, 12 (2), 118-126.
Iranpour, S., Mahdavi Shahri, N., R. Miri, H. Hasanzadeh, H. R. Bidkhori, H. Naderi-meshkin, E. Zahabi, & Moghaddam Matin, M. (2018). Supportive properties of basement membrane layer of human amniotic membrane enable development of tissue engineering applications. Cell and Tissue Banking, 19 (3), 357-371.
Farshchian, M., Moghaddam Matin, M., , , Dastpak, M., , , , , Bahrami, M., , , , , & Bahrami, A. (2018). Suppression of dsRNA response genes and innate immunity following Oct4, Stella, and Nanos2 overexpression in mouse embryonic fibroblasts. Cytokine, 106 (1), 1-11.
Robabeh Latif, Masoumeh Malek, Atabak Roohi Aminjan, Nasim Nadimoghadam, Mirshamsi, O., Hassan Mirmonsef, & Elham Hosseini (2018). Comparative studies on reproductive traits of natural populations of Eisenia andrei Bouché, 1972 from Zagros Mountain, Iran (Annelida: Oligochaeta). Zootaxa, 4496 (1), 206-213.
Rezaee, F., Lahouti, M., Mahmood Maleki, & Ganjeali, A. (2018). Comparative proteomics analysis of whitetop (Lepidium draba L.) seedlings in response to exogenous glucose. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 120 (1), 2485-2465.
Asghar Khajeh, Darvish, J., Razmi, G., Ghorbani, F., Ali Mohammadi, Iraj Mobedi, & Ahmad Reza Shahrokhi (2018). A survey on endoparasites in wild rodents of the Jaz Murian depression and adjacent areas, southeast of Iran. Journal of Parasitic Diseases, 0 (0), 0-0.
Nourani, L., Aliabadian, M., Mirshamsi, O., & (2018). Molecular detection and genetic diversity of avian haemosporidian parasites in Iran. PLOS One, 13 (11), 1-16.
Pashirzad, M., Ejtehadi, H., Vaezi, J., & Richard P. Shefferson (2018). Spatial scale-dependent phylogenetic signal in species distributions along geographic and elevation gradients in a mountainous rangeland. Ecology and Evolution, 8 (21), 10364-10373.
Tahmasebi, P., Mahmudy Gharaie, M., Ghassemzadeh, Z., & Karimi, A. (2018). Assessment of groundwater suitability for irrigation in a gold mine surrounding area, NE Iran. Environmental Earth Sciences, 77 (766), 1-12.
Sepideh Ahmadi, Hossein Kamaladini, F. Haddadi, & Sharifmoghadam, M. (2018). Thiol-Capped Gold Nanoparticle Biosensors for Rapid and Sensitive Visual Colorimetric Detection of Klebsiella pneumoniae. Journal of Fluorescence, 28 (4), 987-998.
Lari, Z., Abrishamchi, P., Ahmadzadeh, H. (2018). Differential carbon partitioning and fatty acid composition in mixotrophic and autotrophic cultures of a new marine isolate Tetraselmis sp. KY114885. Journal of Applied Phycology, 0 (0), 1-10.
Mirshamsi, O. (2018). A new species of Paracedicus Fet, 1993 from Iran (Aranei: Cybaeidae). Arthropoda Selecta, 27 (4), 344-347.
Hassanzadeh, H., Moghaddam Matin, M., , , , , , & Bahrami, A. (2018). Using paracrine effects of Ad-MSCs on keratinocyte cultivation and fabrication of epidermal sheets for improving clinical applications. Cell and Tissue Banking, 19 (4), 531-547.
Moussavi, S., Haddad, F., Moghaddam Matin, M., , & Behnam Rassouli, F. (2018). Efficacy of hyperthermia in human colon adenocarcinoma cells is improved by auraptene. Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 96 (1), 32-37.
Hamidi Loyen, K., Darvish, J., & Moghaddam Matin, M. (2018). Potential use of brush-tailed mice for evolutionary developmental biology studies: Calomyscus elburzensis as an appropriate rodent model. Journal of Wildlife and Biodiversity, 2 (2), 6-14.
Vajiheh Neshati, Samaneh Mollazadeh, Bibi Sedigheh Fazly Bazzaz, Antoine A. F. De Vries, Majid Mojarrad, Hojjat Naderi-meshkin, Neshati, Z., Mahdi Mirahmadi, & Mohammad Amin Kerachian (2018). MicroRNA-499a-5p Promotes Differentiation of Human Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Cardiomyocytes. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology- Part A, 186 (1), 245-255.
Vajiheh Neshati, Samaneh Mollazadeh, Bibi Sedigheh Fazly Bazzaz, Antoine Af De Vries, Majid Mojarrad, Hojjat Naderi-meshkin, Neshati, Z., & Mohammad Amin Kerachian (2018). Cardiomyogenic differentiation of human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells transduced with Tbx20-encoding lentiviral vectors.. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 119 (7), 6146-6153.
Vajiheh Neshati, Bibi Sedigheh Fazly Bazzaz, Majid Mojarrad, Neshati, Z., & Mohammad Amin Kerachian (2018). Transduced Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Cardiomyogenic Differentiation. Journal of cell signaling, 3 (3), 188-189.
Monir-sadat Shakeri, Shahidi, F., Mortazavi, S., Bahrami, A., & Nassiri, M. (2018). Combination of competitive PCR and cultivation methods for differential enumeration of viable Lactobacillus acidophilus in bio-yoghurts. International Journal of Dairy Technology, 71 (4), 1-6.
Sepehr, S., Shahnavaz, B., Asoodeh, A., & Karrabi, S. (2018). Biodegradation of Phenol by Cold-Tolerant Bacteria Isolated from Alpine Soils of Binaloud Mountains in Iran. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, (0), 0-0.
Shahrzad Havakhah, Mojtaba Sankian, Gholam Hosein Kazemzadeh, Keyvan Sadri, Reza Bidkhori, Hojjat Naderi-meshkin, Alireza Ebrahimzadeh Bideskan, Saeed Niazmand, Bahrami, A., & Abolfazl Khajavi Rad (2018). In vivo effects of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells in a rat model of acute ischemic kidney injury. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 21 (8), 824-831.
Goharimanesh, M., Yazdani Moghaddam, F., Mahdavi Shahri, N., & Ghassemzadeh, Z. (2018). A modified staining protocol to study early development of Rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum, 1792) skull. Iranian Journal of Fisheries Sciences, 1 (1), 1-18.
Atashgahi, Z., Ejtehadi, H., Mansour Mesdaghi, & Ghassemzadeh, Z. (2018). The existence of a unimodal or monotonic pattern in species richness and diversity along an elevational gradient: a case study in Heydari Wildlife Refuge, NE Iran. Nova Biologica Reperta, 5 (3), 289-296.
Rezapour, R., Ganjeali, A., & Abrishamchi, P. (2018). بررسی اثر متقابل سدیم نیتروپروساید(SNP) و تنش شوری بر برخی صفات گیاه کلزا (Brassica napus L.). , (0), 0-0.
Amir Afzali, Y., Yazdani Moghaddam, F., Dianat, M., & Ahmad Mahmoodi (2018). Biosystematics Study of Golunda ellioti Gray, 1837 (Rodentia: Muridae) From Jiroft and Anbarabad Townships in Southeast of Iran. Journal of Research in Biology, 1 (1), 1-5.
Samari, E., Farzam, M., & Abrishamchi, P. (2018). Responses of Two Rangeland Noxious Plants Species to a Seasonal Drought. Ecopersia, 6 (4), 215-223.
Hamid Reza Esmaeili, Ali Gholamhosseini, Mohammadian Kalat, T., & Aliabadian, M. (2018). Predicted Changes in Climatic Niche of Alburnus Species -Teleostei:Cyprinidae- in Iran Until 2050. Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 18 (8), 995-1003.
Ramazani, E., & Fereidoni, M. (2018). Celecoxib, indomethacin and ibuprofen prevent 6-hydroxydopamine-induced PC12 cell death through the inhibition of NFκB and SAPK/JNK pathways. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, (), -.
Safieh Rajabzadeh, Bahreini, M., & Sharifmoghadam, M. (2018). A rapid method for separating and concentration of food-borne pathogenes using elution from ready-to-eat vegetables. Iranian Journal of Microbiology, 10 (6), 385-393.
Nazari, F., Mirshamsi, O., Alireza Sari, & Aliabadian, M. (2018). A first report of Canuellina insignis Gurrney, 1927 -Canuellidae: Copepoda- from The Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics, 14 (2), 131-136.
Christiane Denys, Francois Bonhomme, Boris Krystufek, Marjan Mashkour, Jean Denis Vigne, & Siahsarvie, R. (2018). In memoriam Jamshid Darvish. Mammalia, 82 (6), 521-528.
Mohammad Hasan Rabiee, Ahmad Mahmoudi, Siahsarvie, R., Boris Krystufek, & Ehsan Mostafavi (2018). Rodent-borne diseases and their public health importance in Iran. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12 (4), 0-20.

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