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

Ashrafi Ahmad Abad, F., Nassiri, M., Javadmanesh, A. (2020). Epigenetics evaluation of the oncogenic mechanisms of two closely related bovine and human deltaretroviruses: A system biology study. Micobial Pathogenesis, 139 (), 103845-103854.
Pirkhezranian, Z., Tahmoorespur, M., Hassan Monhemi, & Sekhavati, M. (2020). Computational Peptide Engineering Approach for Selection the Best Engendered Camel Lactoferrin-Derive Peptide with Potency to Interact with DNA. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics, 26 (4), 2203-2212.
Rohollahi, Z., Ebrahimi-nik, M., Ebrahimi, S., Abbaspour-fard, M., & Bayati, M. (2020). Farm biogas plants, a sustainable waste to energy and bio-fertilizer opportunity for Iran. Journal of Cleaner Production, 253 (), 119876-119882.
Pirkhezranian, Z., Tahmoorespur, M., Xavier Daura, Hassan Monhemi, & Sekhavati, M. (2020). Interaction of camel Lactoferrin derived peptides with DNA: a molecular dynamics study. BMC Genomics, 21 (1), -.
Imari, Z., Hassanabadi, A., & Nassiri Moghaddam, H. (2020). Effect different levels of calcium and phosphorus with and without probiotics inclusion on growth performance, carcass traits and jejunum morphology of broiler chickens. University of Babylon journal- :, 28 (1), 55-69.
Ebrahimi, S. (2020). Feeding Complete Concentrate Pellets Containing Ground Grains or Blend of Steam-Flaked Grains and Other Concentrate Ingredients in Ruminant Nutrition – A Review. Annals of Animal Science, 20 (1), 11-28.
Roshanak, S., Tabatabaei Yazdi, F., Shahidi, F., Javadmanesh, A., & Jebrail Movaffagh (2020). Comparison of Different Signal Sequences to Use for Periplasmic Over-Expression of Buforin I in Escherichia coli: An In Silico Study. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics, 26 (4), 2495-2504.
Mohammad Amin Kerachian, Javadmanesh, A., Azghandi, M., Afsaneh Mojtabanezhad Shariatpanahi, Maryam Yassi, Ehsan Shams Davodly, Amin Talebi, Fatemeh Khadangi, Ghodratollah Soltani, Abdorasool Hayatbakhsh, & Kamran Ghaffarzadegan (2020). Crosstalk between DNA methylation and gene expression in colorectal cancer, a potential plasma biomarker for tracing this tumor. Scientific Reports, 10 (1), -.
Mohamadi, M., Kermanshahi, H., Nassiri Moghaddam, H., & Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2020). Performance of an Escherichia coli phytase expressed in Lactococcus lactis on nutrient retention, bone traits and intestinal morphology in broiler chickens. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 104 (3), 909-917.
Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2020). Therapeutic effects of organic zinc on reproductive hormones, insulin resistance and mTOR expression as a novel component in a rat model of PCOS. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 23 (1), 36-45.
Ahmadniaye Motlagh, H., Javadmanesh, A., & Safari, O. (2020). Improvement of non-specific immunity, growth, and activity of digestive enzymes in Carassius auratus as a result of apple cider vinegar administration to diet. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 46 (4), 1387-1395.
Shahidi, F., Roshanak, S., Javadmanesh, A., Tabatabaei Yazdi, F., Pirkhezranian, Z., & Azghandi, M. (2020). Evaluation of antimicrobial properties of bovine lactoferrin against foodborne pathogenic microorganisms in planktonic and biofilm forms (in vitro). Journal of Consumer protection and Food safety, 15 (3), 277-283.
Afkhami, M., Kermanshahi, H., & Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2020). Evaluation of whey protein sources on performance, liver antioxidants and immune responses of broiler chickens challenged with ethanol. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, (), -.
Forouzanmehr, M., Danesh Mesgaran, M., & Vakili, S. (2020). Performance of Holstein Calves, Heifers and First‐Lactating Cows Fed Starter Diets with Different Protein Levels and Types of Soybean Meal. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 10 (1), 59-67.
Zhaleh, S., Golian, A., & Zerehdaran, S. (2020). Effects of One Week Feeding Finisher Diets Containing Rolled and Extruded Flaxseed on Performance, Lipid Peroxidation and Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Breast and Thigh Meat of Broiler Chickens. Poultry Science Journal, 8 (1), 83-94.
Mehdipour, Z., Golian, A., Nassiri Moghaddam, H., & Javadmanesh, A. (2020). Effect of Threonine Supplementation on Growth Performance, Metabolizable Energy, Morphological Changes and Immune Response in Broiler Chickens Challenged with Coccidia. Poultry Science Journal, 8 (1), 95-107.
Aami Azghadi, M., Kermanshahi, H., Golian, A., & Vakili, S. (2020). Effect of Encapsulated Choline Chloride on Performance, Carcass Characteristics and Some Blood Parameters in Broiler Chicks. Poultry Science Journal, 8 (1), 51-58.
Tanhaeian, A., Mehdi Mirzaii, Pirkhezranian, Z., & Sekhavati, M. (2020). Generation of an engineered food-grade Lactococcus lactis strain for production of an antimicrobial peptide: in vitro and in silico evaluation. BMC Biotechnology, 20 (1), -.
Valizadeh, R., M. H. Ghaffari, & A. F. Brito (2020). Liquid molasses interacts with buffers to affect ruminal fermentation, milk fatty acid profile, and milk fat synthesis in dairy cows fed high-concentrate diets. Journal of Dairy Science, 103 (5), 4327-4339.
Mohammad Amin Kerachian, Azghandi, M., Javadmanesh, A., Kamran Ghaffarzadegan, & Sina Mozaffari Jovin (2020). Selective capture of plasma cell-free tumor DNA on magnetic beads: a sensitive and versatile tool for liquid biopsy. Cellular Oncology, 43 (5), 949-956.
Roshanak, S., Shahidi, F., Tabatabaei Yazdi, F., Javadmanesh, A. (2020). Evaluation of Antimicrobial Activity of Buforin I and Nisin and the Synergistic Effect of Their Combination as a Novel Antimicrobial Preservative. Journal of Food Protection, 83 (11), 2018-2025.
Heidary, M., Hassanabadi, A., & Mohebalian, H. (2020). Effects of in ovo injection of nanocurcumin and vitamin E on antioxidant status, immune responses, intestinal morphology and growth performance of broiler chickens exposed to heat stress. Journal of Livestock Science and Technologies, 8 (1), 17-27.
Safaei, M., & Hassanabadi, A. (2020). Effects of Dietary Nucleotide Supplementation on Growth Performance, Internal Organs, Blood Metabolites, and HIF-1α mRNA Expression in Ascites Induced Broiler Chickens. Poultry Science Journal, 8 (2), 135-143.
Zarghi, H., Golian, A., & Tabatabaie Yazdy, F. (2020). Effect of dietary sulphur amino acid levels and guanidinoacetic acid supplementation on performance, carcase yield and energetic molecular metabolites in broiler chickens fed wheat-soy diets. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 19 (1), 951-959.
Imari, Z., Hassanabadi, A., & Nassiri Moghaddam, H. (2020). Response of broiler chickens to calcium and phosphorus restriction: Effects on growth performance, carcase traits, tibia characteristics and total tract retention of nutrients. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 19 (1), 929-939.
Majdeddin, M., Dr. D. Braun, Dr. L. Lemme, Golian, A., Kermanshahi, H., Dr. D. Smiet, & Dr. Joris Michiels (2020). Guanidinoacetic acid supplementation improves feed conversion in broilers subjected to heat stress associated with muscle creatine loading and arginine sparing. Poultry Science, 99 (9), 4442-4453.
Reza Tohidi, Nassiri, M., Javadmanesh, A., & Arash Javanmard (2020). Expression Profile of Five Stress-Related Genes of Khorasan Native Chickens under Acute Heat Stress. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 10 (3), 525-533.
Roozbeh, B., Moazzami, M., Rashidlamir, A., Moosavi, Z., & Javadmanesh, A. (2020). The effects of short term growth hormone administration and resistance training on the histopathology and mutation of the BRAF gene (T1799A) in thyroid tissue of the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). Veterinarski Archiv, 90 (4), 403-412.
Vida Nadafi Sichani, Seyed Alireza Emami, Morteza Bitarafsani, Nassiri, M., & Vinod Gopalan (2020). Identification of Breast Cancer Associated Putative Functional Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Iranian Population through In Silico Analyses. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, 12 (1), 22-32.
Hamid Fiuji, & Nassiri, M. (2020). Gene expression profiling of chromosome 10 in PTEN-knockout (−/−) human neural and mesenchymal stem cells: A system biology study. Gene Reports, 21 (), 100895-100909.
Daneshmand, A., Kermanshahi, H., Sekhavati, M., Javadmanesh, A., Ahmadian, M., Alizadeh, M., & Ahmed Aldawoodi (2020). Effects of cLFchimera peptide on intestinal morphology, integrity, microbiota, and immune cells in broiler chickens challenged with necrotic enteritis. Scientific Reports, 10 (1), -.
Ghavi, S., Zarghi, H., & Golian, A. (2020). Effect of dietary digestible sulphur amino acids level on growth performance, blood metabolites and liver functional enzymes of broilers 1–11 days of age. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 19 (1), 1439-1449.
Tanhaeian, A., Sekhavati, M., & Moghaddam, M. (2020). Antimicrobial activity of some plant essential oils and an antimicrobial-peptide against some clinically isolated pathogens. Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture, 7 (1), -.
Hoda Shirdast, Fatemeh Ebrahimzadeh, Amir Hossein Taromchi, Yousef Mortazavi, Abdolreza Esmaeilzadeh, Sekhavati, M., Keivan Nedaei, & Esmat Mirabzadeh (2020). Recombinant Lactococcus Lactis Displaying Omp31 Antigen of Brucella melitensis Can Induce an Immunogenic Response in BALB/c Mice. Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins, (), -.
Maghoul, M., Kermanshahi, H., Majidzadeh Heravi, R., & Javadmanesh, A. (2020). Effects of Different Levels of Date Waste Vinegar in Diet and Water on Growth Performance, Gastrointestinal Tract Morphology, Ileal Microflora and Immune Response of Broilers. Poultry Science Journal, 8 (2), 247-255.
Mazinani, M., Naserian, A., Brain J Rude, Tahmasbi, A., & Valizadeh, R. (2020). Effects of feeding rumen-protected amino acids on the performance of feedlot calves. Journal of Advanced Veterinary and Animal Research, 7 (2), 229-233.
S.m.m. Seyed. Almoosavi, T. Ghoorchi, Naserian, A., S.s. Ramezanpor, & M.h. Ghaffari (2020). Long-term impacts of late-gestation maternal heat stress on growth performance, blood hormones and metabolites of newborn calves independent of maternal reduced feed intake. Domestic Animal Endocrinology, 72 (), 106433-106433.
Soltani, E., Naserian, A., M. A. Khan, M. H. Ghaffari, & M. Malekkhahi (2020). Effects of conditioner retention time during pelleting of starter feed on nutrient digestibility, ruminal fermentation, blood metabolites, and performance of Holstein female dairy calves. Journal of Dairy Science, 103 (10), 8910-8921.
Naserian, A., & Tahmasbi, A. (2020). تأثیر دانه کلزا و کتان بر قابلیت هضم و برخی فراسنجه های خونی میش های کردی در دوره پس از زایش. , 8 (1), 63-76.
Morteza Kordi, & Naserian, A. (2020). EVALUATION OF NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF SOME NUT HULLS AS FEEDSTUFFS FOR RUMINANTS BY in vitro GAS PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE. Journal of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, 74 (1), 25-31.
Abbas Ali Ahmadi Naghadeh, Younes Ali Alijoo, & Naserian, A. (2020). Different processing effects on nutritive value of barely grains by gas production method. Veterinary Research Forum, 11 (1), 59-65.
Riasi, M., Ebrahimi, S., & Javadmanesh, A. (2020). Virtual water requirement of cow milk production under two different dietary strategies. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences, 90 (8), 1163-1167.
Hamad Alahmad, A., Tahmoorespur, M., Azghandi, M., & Pirkhezranian, Z. (2020). In silico study of dynamic level interaction between CLF36 peptide and coronavirus surface protein in Bovine coronaviruses. Dysona - Life Science, 1 (2), 91-95.
Khadijeh Jamialahmadi, Azghandi, M., Javadmanesh, A., Mahdi Zardadi, Ehsan Shams Davodly, & Mohammad Amin Kerachian (2020). A DNA methylation panel for high performance detection of colorectal cancer. Cancer Genetics, 252 (252), 64-72.
Rashidian, Z., Dehdilani, N., Dehghani, H., & Javadmanesh, A. (2020). Isolation and culturing myogenic satellite cells from ovine skeletal muscle. Iranian Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology, 12 (2), 1-8.
Thamer Radhi Sahib Aljubouri, Mohammed Baqur Sahib Al-shuhaib, & Javadmanesh, A. (2020). HMGA2 gene polymorphisms and their effects on main growth traits indices in Awassi and Karakul sheep. Agriculture and Natural Resources, 54 (6), 587-594.
Rahimi, A., Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., Tahmasbi, A., Dehghani, H., K.i. Sung, & J. Ghassemi Nejad (2020). Effect of different corn processing methods on starch gelatinization, granule structure alternation, rumen kinetic dynamics and starch digestion. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 268 (), 114572-114586.

Recent research projects

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science

Phone: +985138804633-5736

Fax: +985138807141