Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Second International & Fourteenth Iranian Genetics Congress

 Iran has made considerable advances in science and technology through education and training, in almost all aspects of genetics during the past two decades. For this we are proud to announce the upcoming genetics congress to be held in Tehran, Iran in 2016.                          Read More...

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Key Speakers

Nabil G. Seidah

Dr. Seidah obtained his BSc in 1969 from Cairo University in Giza, Egypt, and his PhD in 1973 from Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. In 1974, he started studying the processing of precursor proteins at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal (IRCM) and in 1976 he discovered -endorphins and largely contributed to the biochemical characterization of the proopiomelanocortin (POMC, the -endorphin precursor) and pro-Atrial Natriuretic factor (proANF). Since 1983, he is the director of the Laboratory of Biochemical Neuroendocrinology.

Read More...                             Lecture: PCSK9: from bench to bedside

Hossein Baharvand

Hossein Baharvand is distinguished Professor and Director of Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology, where he firstly joined in 1995. He received his B.Sc. in Biology from Shiraz University in 1994, and M.Sc. in Developmental Biology from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran in 1996. He received his Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Khwarizmi University (formerly Tarbiat Moallem University) in 2004.

Lecture: Reprogramming of cell fate for brain development and regenerative medicine

Svante Pääbo

Svante Pääbo has pioneered the study of ancient DNA, allowing the genomes of extinct creatures such as mammoths, ground sloths and Neandertals to be determined. His research group sequenced the Neanderthal genome and discovered Denisovans, a previously unknown Asian hominin related to Neanderthals. His work has demonstrated that these now extinct groups have contributed to the genes of present-day people and has opened up new ways to study human origins and genes that may underlie aspects of traits specific to humans.

Lecture: Archaic Genomics


Annik Prat received her PhD in molecular biology in 1988 from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. After 3 years at the Biozentrum in Basel, Switzerland, as a post-doctoral fellow, she became Associate Professor in Molecular Biology at the University Pierre et Marie Curie.

Lecture: Understanding the physiological impact of PCSK9 deficiency in mouse models

Hossein Najmabadi

Professor Hossein Najmabadi is the director and founder of Genetics Research Center (GRC), University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences (USWRS) and serves as the head of GRC, head of Medical Genetics Department. Prof. Najmabadi, MT (ASCP), PhD, received his PhD-degree in Molecular Biology, Double Minor in Human Genetics and Biochemistry at the University of North Texas, Denton in Texas, USA. He received two postdoctoral fellowships at harbor - UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.

Lecture: A decade later: Deep sequencing makes another breakthrough in revealing over 100 novel genes for recessive cognitive disorders

Linda Vigilant

Linda Vigilant directs the Primate Genetics Laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. She uses genetic analyses to address questions about the evolution of humans and other primates, particularly the great apes. Her laboratory has refined methods to retrieve DNA from non-invasive samples of the wild animals and conducts large-scale censuses of wild populations to infer population growth rates, minimum group territories, and male and female dispersal dynamics. Together with field researchers she investigates the roles of social dominance and kinship on primate behavior.

Lecture: Insights from Genetic Studies of Wild Apes

Philippe FROGUEL

Philippe Froguel passed his Medical Degree in 1986 in Paris and he obtained a PhD in 1991 from Paris 7 University. He is currently Professor of Genomic Medicine and head of the department genomics of common disease at the Hammersmith hospital, Imperial College London, UK. He is also Professor of Endocrinology-Diabetology at Lille University hospital and director of a CNRS research group at Pasteur Institute, Lille, France.

Lecture: The genetics aspects of obesity

Saman Hosseinkhani

Saman Hosseinkhani is currently professor of Biochemistry at Tarbiat Modares University. He received his B.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Shiraz University. He also received his PhD in Biochemistry from University of Tehran in 2002. He has joined Department of Biochemistry, Tarbiat Modares University since 2003.

Lecture: Apoptosome formation in cell death and differentiation: design of new gene reporter assay

Henk Stunnenberg

Henk Stunnenberg is full professor and head of the Department of Molecular Biology. He is a member of EMBO. He is also the coordinator of the EU FP7 High Impact Project BLUEPRINT-epigenome and co-chair of the scientific steering of the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC).

Lecture: The Epigenomic Blueprint of Stem Cells

Lucia Altucci

Lucia Altucci (MD, PhD) is Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and General Pathology. As a principle investigator in the BLUEPRINT consortium, her research focuses on epigenetic aberrations associated with acute myeloid leukemogenesis and the therapeutic potential of epigenetic modulators in leukaemia systems.

Lecture: Cancer Epigenetics: From Basic towards Drug Discovery

Mohammad Ali Faghihi

Mohammad A. Faghihi, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Faghihi will also serve as a member of the Center for Therapeutic Innovation at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. He received his medical doctorate (M.D.) degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran in 1994.

Lecture: NGS: principles and applications

Andreas Houben

Professor Andreas Houben is the Research group leader of “Chromosome Structure and Function” in Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research.The group is interested in deciphering the function, regulation and evolution of plant chromosomes.

Lecture: Centromere biology meets plant breeding

Ann Ehrenhofer-Murray

Institute of Biology, Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany

Vice-president, German Genetics society

Ann Ehrenhofer-Murray, who is both a Swiss and British national, was born in 1966. She studied biochemistry at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and received her PhD there in 1994.

Lecture: Epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation: lessons from yeast


Managing Director, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany

Professor Andreas Graner has a PhD in Plant Genetics from the Technical University of Münich, Germany. He has been the Managing Director of IPK since 2007.

Lecture: Management, analysis and utilization of plant genetic resources

Ali Masoudi-Nejad

Ali Masoudi-Nejad received his Ph.D. in genetics/genomics with Prof. Takashi Endo from Kyoto University (京都大学), Japan. He then did his first Post-Doc with Prof. Robbie Waugh at James Hutton Institute in Scotland and Prof. Paul H. Dear from MRC-LMB, Cambridge, UK.

Lecture: Computational Systems Biology in the Big Data Era

Elahe Elahi

Elahe Elahi is professor at the School of Biology at the University of Iran. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970, and her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1976. She did post-doctoral work at UCSF (University of California at San Francisco medical school), and returned to Iran just after the revolution at the end of 1979.

Lecture: History of our genetic studies on neurodegenerative diseases

Dirk-Jan de Koning

I am professor in Animal Breeding and head of the Section on Quantitative Genetics. I am interested to dissect the genetic basis of variation in complex traits and use of this information in breeding programs. My research covers traditional livestock species as well as excursions to fish, mice and even plants.

Lecture: Using DNA variation and functional variation to better understand and predict livestock performance

Bahram B. Soltani

Dr. Soltani received his PhD at the University of British Columbia (UBC)/ Canada in 2006, and did his post-doctoral works both in UBC and AAFC/ Canada until 2008. Currently, he is an associate professor in molecular genetics at Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran/ Iran.

Lecture: Bioinformatics prediction and experimental verification of novel miRNAs located in human genome

Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh

Dr. Salekdeh joined Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran in 2002 after receiving his PhD in Genetics. He started his collaboration with Department of Stem Cells at Royan Institute, Tehran in 2005.

Lecture: Generation and isolation of human ISL1+ multipotent cardiac progenitors from pluripotent stem cells for therapeutic applications

Rajeev Varshney

Rajeev Varshney is a Research Program Director, Grain Legumes & Director, Center of Excellence in Genomics at ICRISAT and Winthrop Research Professor at The University of Western Australia.

Lecture: Translational genomics in agriculture

Goodarz Najafian

Wheat Breeder and DG, Seed and Plant Improvement Institute (SPII), Karaj, Iran

Lecture: Genetic Improvement in grain yield, Agronomic and quality traits of wheat over eighty years breeding in Iran

Klaus Palme

Executive Director, Institute of Biology, Center for BioSystems Analysis, Freiburg, Germany

Lecture: From high resolution phenotyping enables systems biology insight into single cells and organs from model plant Arabdidopsis thaliana

Invited Young Investigators

Ali Mohammad Banaei-Moghaddam

Laboratory of Genomics and Epigenomics (LGE), Department of Plant Sciences, School of Biology, Tehran University

Lecture: rye B-chromosomes carrying functional genes

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