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

Sargazi Moghadam, Z., Moshtaghi, N., Ahmad Sharifi, Zahedi, A., & Azade Khadem (2022). In vitro propagation and callus induction of medicinal endangered plant meadow rue (Thalictrum minus L.) for producing berberine. Journal of Medicinal Plants, 21 (81), 92-101.
Ghadiri Farimani, F., & Farsi, M. (2022). Strain Degeneration in White Button Mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) Using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism. Jentashapir Journal of Cellular and Molecular Biology, 12 (4), -.
Naderian, P., Moshtaghi, N., Bagheri, A., & Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S. (2022). Variations in morphological, biochemical and phytochemical traits of diploid and induced tetraploid plants of downy thorn-apple (Datura innoxia Mill.). Journal of Medicinal Plants, 21 (82), 66-79.
Khodadadi, F., Shahriari Ahmadi, F., Majid Talebi, Moshtaghi, N., Adam Matkowski, Antoni Szaumny, & Mehdi Rahimmalek (2022). Essential oil composition, physiological and morphological variation in Salvia abrotanoides and S. yangii under drought stress and chitosan treatments. Industrial Crops and Products, 187 (4), 115429-115440.
Sima Sazegari, A. Niazi, Shahriari Ahmadi, F., & A. Afsharifar (2022). CrMYC1 contributes to catharanthine and ajmalicine accumulation by regulating the TIA pathway in Catharanthus roseus hairy roots. Horticulture, Environment, and Biotechnology, 63 (5), 709-717.
Ramandi, A., Seyedeh Marzieh, N., Marashi, H., & Seifi, A. (2022). Microbiome contributes to phenotypic plasticity in saffron crocus. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 39 (1), -.
Khadem, A., Moshtaghi, N., & Bagheri, A. (2022). Conversion of membrane lipids to jasmonates as a key pathway to develop somatic embryos in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, (), -.
Imangholiloo, K., Moshtaghi, N., Marashi, H., Bagheri, A., & Ahmad Sharifi (2022). Expressed cellobiohydrolase enzyme of Thermobifidia fusca in Pichia pastoris as host can act on cotton substrate. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, (), -.
Ghadiri Farimani, F., & Farsi, M. (2022). Production of Somatic Hybrids of Pleurotus florida Through Hyphae Anastomosis Fusion with Agaricus bisporus. Gene, Cell and Tissue, 10 (2), -.
Yaghoobi, E., Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S., & Farsi, M. (2022). مقایسه کاریولوژیکی بین اکوتیپ‌های سیر Allium sativum) بومی ایران با نمونه‌های خارجی. , 14 (3), 21-40.
Rezaei, M., Mirshamsi Kakhki, A., & Seifi, A. (2022). داسازی ژن‌های کاندید در میانکنش میزبان- گل الیز (Phelipanche aegyptiaca) با استفاده از روش پیمایش ژنوم. , 36 (2), 259-267.
Nadealizadeh Ghannad, A., Marashi, H., Seifi, A., & Moshiri, F. (2022). Optimization of callus induction and shoot regeneration in leaf and stem of Pistacia vera L. and UCB-1 (P. atlantica × P. integerrima). Plant Biotechnology Reports, (), -.
Mohammad Ali Malboobi, Bagheri, A., & Moshtaghi, N. (2022). Comparative transcriptome analyses of a transgenic sugar beet resistance to beet necrotic yellow vein virus BNYVV). Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, (), -.
Mahmoudi Lamouki, F., Jafar Amani, Mohammad Javad Motamedi, Rouhollah Kazemi, & Shahriari Ahmadi, F. (2022). The Immunogenicity of a YncE Antigen from i>E. coli Enterotoxigenic/i> (ETEC) by Edible Delivery of Transgenic Hairy Roots Tobacco. Journal of Applied Biotechnology Reports, 9 (4), 856-863.
Khadem, A., Bagheri, A., Moshtaghi, N. (2022). Auxin sensitivity improves production of rosmarinic acid in transformed hairy roots of <em>Lavandula angustifolia</em>. Biological Communications, 67 (3), -.

Recent research projects

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department

Phone: +985138804679-4722