Bahram Samanfar, Ph.D.

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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. Nour Nissan, Elroy Cober, Ashkan Golshani, Bahram Samanfar: Identifying new variation and the J locus previously known as E6 in soybean (Glycine max). Soybean breeders workshop, 2021, Canada.

    2021 - View publication details

  2. Julia Hooker, Elroy Cober, Ashkan Golshani, Bahram Samanfar: Identification of differentially expressed genes involved in seed protein content in soybean, Glycine max. Soybean breeders workshop, 2021, Canada.

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  3. Julia Hooker, Bahram Samanfar, Elroy Cober, Ashkan Golshani: Identification of differentially expressed genes involved in seed protein content in soybean, Glycine max. Canadian Society of Plant Biology (CSPB) virtual conference, 2020, Canada [oral].

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  4. Nour Nissan, Elroy Cober, Ashkan Golshani, Bahram Samanfar: Soybean cyst nematode (SCN): Overcoming the tiny beast below the surface. Canadian Society of Plant Biology (CSPB) virtual conference, 2020, Canada [oral].

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  5. Arezo Pattang, Elroy Cober, Ashkan Golshani, Bahram Samanfar: A functional genomics approach in identifying the underlying gene for the E8 maturity locus in soybean (Glycine max). Canadian Society of Plant Biology (CSPB) virtual conference, 2020, Canada [oral].

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  6. Bahram Samanfar, Elroy Cober, Stephen Molnar, Brad Barnes, James Green, Frank Dehne, Ashkan Golshani: (Soybean-Human PIPE): A Computational Approach in Soybean-Human Functional Genomics. Plant Biology, 2018, Montreal, Canada.

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  7. Bahram Samanfar, Kevin Dick, Brad Barnes, Elroy Cober, Stephen Molnar, Frank Dehne, Ashkan Golshani, James Green: PIPE4: Ultra-Fast PPI prediction for comprehensive Inter- and Cross- species interactomes. Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) 2019, San Diego, USA.

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  8. Bahram Samanfar, Elroy Cober, Stephen Molnar, Brad Barnes, James Green, Frank Dehne, Ashkan Golshani: (Soybean-SCN PIPE): A Cross Computational Approach in Soybean Functional Genomics. Soy2018, 2018, Athens, USA.

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  9. 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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  10. Bahram Samanfar, Elroy Cober, Stephen Molnar, Brad Barnes, James Green, Frank Dehne, Ashkan Golshani: (Soybean-PIPE): A Computational Approach in Soybean Functional Genomics. Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) 2018, San Diego, USA.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Maryam Hajikarimlou, Bahram Samanfar, Ashkan Golshani: Investigating novel genes with helicase activity involved in translation initiation. Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) 2017, Ottawa, Canada.

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  14. Houman Moteshareie, Bahram Samanfar, Ashkan Golshani: Exploration of the novel genes that affect IRES-mediated translation of URE2, a key gene involved in metal detoxification. Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) 2017, Ottawa, Canada.

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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

    2016 - View publication details

  19. Shaikho S, Dobson CC, Naing T, Samanfar B, Moteshareie H, Hajikarimloo M,
    Golshani A, Holcik M. Elevated levels of ribosomal proteins eL36 and eL42 control
    expression of Hsp90 in rhabdomyosarcoma. Translation (Austin). 2016 Oct
    4;4(2):e1244395. doi: 10.1080/21690731.2016.1244395. PubMed PMID: 28090422.

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  20. Samanfar B, Cober E, Charette M, Schoenrock A, Dehne F, Golshani A, Molnar S: A functional genomics approach (PIPE, Protein-protein Interaction Prediction Engine) to identify new early maturity alleles in soybean for Western Canada. Botany 2016, Savannah, USA

    2016 - View publication details

Research facility

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
Canada

Affiliations

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

Language

English

Other languages

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