Bahram Samanfar

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Research Scientist

Dr. Samanfar is a Research Scientist at AAFC, Ottawa-RDC and an Adjunct Professor at Department of Biology, Carleton University.  He is a Molecular Geneticist and Applied Genomicist with expertise in Allele-Specific Molecular Marker Developments, Recombination Mapping, Marker-Assisted Selection (Breeding), Functional Genomics,  Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, particularly in relation to Soybean.

Current research and/or projects

Soybean is one of the most important and economically valuable crops in the world. It is the source of vegetative oil and protein for human and animal consumption. Canadian soybean cultivation has a positive slope (increasing) since 2000. Interestingly, there is an increase in soybean production in western Canada recently. Canada has all the resources needed to expand soybean cultivation; so the plan is to expand soybean cultivation further north and west.  In order to do that, one has to face some challenges such as time of flowering and maturity, level of protein, pests and diseases. In my lab, we are trying to address these challenges by genomics, functional genomic and bioinformatics approaches.

Dr. Samanfar is a Research Scientist at AAFC, Ottawa-RDC and an Adjunct Professor at Department of Biology, Carleton University.  He is a Molecular Geneticist and Applied Genomicist with expertise in Allele-Specific Molecular Marker Developments, Recombination Mapping, Marker-Assisted Selection (Breeding), Functional Genomics,  Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, particularly in relation to Soybean.

Research and/or project statements

  • Identification and characterization of novel soybean genes involved in:

    • Time of flowering and maturity.

    • Seed protein synthesis.

    • Economically important pathways.

  • Allele-specific marker development (Marker Assisted Selection (MAS)  in soybean).

  • Host-pathogen interaction analysis in soybean (SCN-Soybean).

  • Identification and characterization of novel genes involved in health attributes of soybean consumption (human health and allergy).

  • Genomics and Functional Genomics (Systems Biology) of soybean, yeast, and E. coil.

  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Soybean Functional Genomics)

Professional activities / interests

Soybean Genomics /Proteomics and Transcriptomics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Biotechnology, Genetics and Genomics, DNA-based Markers, Allele-Specific Marker Developments, Systems Biology, Molecular Breeding, Host-pathogen Interactions, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, QTL and GWAS Analysis, Time of Flowering and Maturity (Genetics of Photoperiod Sensitivity) in Soybean, Soybean Seed Proteins, Functional Genomics of soybean Health attributes, Allergy, Seed Protein Synthesis Pathway in Soybean, Microbiology, Protein Synthesis (Translation) Pathway in Yeast and E.coli, Protein-Protein Interaction (PPI), and Genetic Interaction (GI).

Education and awards

Ph.D. (Carleton University, Canada)

M.Sc. (Paul Sabatier University, France)

M.Sc. (University of Tehran, Iran)

B.Sc. (University of Tehran, Iran)

Key publications

  1. Márquez, I.G., Ghiyasvand, M., Massarsky, A., Babu, M., Samanfar, B., Omidi, K., Moon, T.W., Smith, M.L., Golshani, A. (2018). Zinc oxide and silver nanoparticles toxicity in the baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, 13(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0193111

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  2. Omidi, K., Jessulat, M., Hooshyar, M., Burnside, D., Schoenrock, A., Kazmirchuk, T., Hajikarimlou, M., Daniel, M., Moteshareie, H., Bhojoo, U., Sanders, M., Ramotar, D., Dehne, F., Samanfar, B., Babu, M., Golshani, A. (2018). Uncharacterized ORF HUR1 influences the efficiency of non-homologous end-joining repair in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, 639 128-136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2017.10.003

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  3. Kazmirchuk, T., Dick, K., Burnside, D.J., Barnes, B., Moteshareie, H., Hajikarimlou, M., Omidi, K., Ahmed, D., Low, A., Lettl, C., Hooshyar, M., Schoenrock, A., Pitre, S., Babu, M., Cassol, E., Samanfar, B., Wong, A., Dehne, F., Green, J.R., Golshani, A. (2017). Designing anti-Zika virus peptides derived from predicted human-Zika virus protein-protein interactions, 71 180-187. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compbiolchem.2017.10.011

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  4. Samanfar, B., Molnar, S.J., Charette, M., Schoenrock, A., Dehne, F., Golshani, A., Belzile, F., Cober, E.R. (2017). Mapping and identification of a potential candidate gene for a novel maturity locus, E10, in soybean, 130(2), 377-390. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-016-2819-7

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  5. Samanfar B: Identification of Novel Maturity locus “E10” in Soybeans, Ontario Soybean and Canola Committee, London, ON, Canada, 19th Jan-2017.

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  6. Samanfar B, Shostak K, Moteshareie H, Hajikarimlou M, Shaikho S, Omidi K,
    Hooshyar M, Burnside D, Márquez IG, Kazmirchuk T, Naing T, Ludovico P, York-Lyon
    A, Szereszewski K, Leung C, Jin JY, Megarbane R, Smith ML, Babu M, Holcik M,
    Golshani A. The sensitivity of the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to acetic
    acid is influenced by DOM34 and RPL36A. PeerJ. 2017 Nov 14;5:e4037.

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  7. Gagarinova, A., Stewart, G., Samanfar, B., Phanse, S., White, C.A., Aoki, H., Deineko, V., Beloglazova, N., Yakunin, A.F., Golshani, A., Brown, E.D., Babu, M., Emili, A. (2016). Systematic Genetic Screens Reveal the Dynamic Global Functional Organization of the Bacterial Translation Machinery, 17(3), 904-916. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2016.09.040

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  8. Samanfar B, Schoenrock A, Dehne F, Golshani A, Cober E, Charette M, Molnar S: PIPE (Protein-protein Interaction Prediction Engine): A computational approach for comprehensive soybean functional genomics. Great Lakes Bioinformatics and the Canadian Computational Biology Conference (GLBIO/CCBC) 2016 (GLBIO/CCBC 2016 Toronto 2016/05/16 - 2016/05/19), Toronto, Canada.

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  9. Burnside D, Moteshareie M, Galvan-Marquez I, Hooshyar M, Samanfar B, Shostak K, Omidi K, Peery H, Smith ML, and Golshani A: Use of chemical genomics to investigate the mechanism of action for inhibitory bioactive natural compounds. In G. Brahmachari (Ed.), Bioactive Natural Compounds: Biology and Chemistry. Wiley-VCH publication, 2015, 544 pages. ISBN: 978-3-527-33794-1.

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  10. Samanfar B, Charette M, Cober E, Molnar S: Early flowering soybean: the art of mixing plant breeding, molecular biology and bioinformatics. Botany 2015 (Botany 2015 Shaw Convention Center Edmonton, Alberta 2015/07/25 - 2015/07/29), Edmonton, Canada

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Affiliations

-Adjunct research professor, Department of Biology, Carleton University.

Language

English

Other languages

French (Intermediate); Persian (Native); Azerbaijani (Native); Turkish (Fluent)