Monday, October 24, 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


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

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

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

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

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

Farhad Abdolkarim Barzinji

General Manager of (Microgene), Microgene Diagnostic Center/Sulaimaniya

Lecture: enetically identification of gas-exposed victims of Halabche

Stephen Little

Chief Executive Officer (Director), Premaitha Health Company, Manchester Science Park, Manchester, United Kingdom

Lecture: The IONA test – non-invasive prenatal screening using semi-conductor next generation sequencing

Angjelina Belaj

Department of Olive Growing, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training-IFAPA, Cordoba, Spain
Specialist in olive germplasm management, olive molecular evaluation, olive biodiversity and olive breeding

Lecture: Olive Genetic Resource: Current status of characterization, evaluation and use

Giovanni Destro Bisol

Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
2004/current Editor of the "Journal of Anthropological Sciences" (formerly "Rivista di Antropologia" Read More...
Lecture: Genetic and linguistic diversity of Italian populations

Klaus Ammann

Position: Chairman EFB Section on Biodiversity
Organisation: University of Bern
Lecture: Merging Biotechnology and Organic Farming

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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