Mahboubeh Mostafaei

Mahboubeh Mostafaei BSc, Msc

Postgraduate Research Student visiting from the University of Tehran

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Base: University of California, Davis (until January 2020)


Mahboubeh Mostafaei is a Ph.D. student of Biotechnology and Molecular Genetic of Horticultural Science at the University of Tehran.


Academic Qualifications


My graduate degrees (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) are in Biotechnology and Molecular Genetic of Horticultural Science in the Department of Horticultural Science, Faculty of Agriculture Science and Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran.

In 2015, I graduated in Master of Science. My M.Sc. project was focused on polymorphism study and gene expression profiling in key genes involved in cannabinoids pathway and quantitative analysis of cannabinoids in different tissues, different growth stages and different type of Cannabis.

I have started Ph.D. since 2015 up till now. As a Ph.D. student, I continue to the detection of phytochemical fingerprinting of cannabinoids towards breeding programs improvement and investigation of genetic diversity, genome structure and genome association in Cannabis resources by high throughput NGS techniques.

In 2019, I joined Gail Taylor lab in the Department of Plant Sciences at University of California, Davis as a visiting scholar for thinking and finding answers for my numerous scientific problems and devising cutting edge approaches to develop skills and techniques suitable for the quantifying the genome structure and its relation to metabolomics in cannabis.


Research Interests


I am keenly interested in doing research on different aspects of cannabis. Cannabis is perhaps the ancient cultivated plants with a complex biology, fascinating physiology and long history of human selective breeding known as a versatile, controversial and exceptional plant. Secondary products namely cannabinoids unique to this species have been used for centuries as a source of fiber, medicine, food, and oil.

With the increasing use of cannabis both for medicinal and recreational purposes, there is a growing concern about critical gaps in knowledge.

The recent discoveries of the medicinal properties of cannabis and the cannabinoids in addition to their potential applications in the pharmaceutical and industrial fields have given momentum to the quest for further understanding the chemistry, genome structure and transcriptome of this plant and accelerate breeding programs in this plant.

My main research interest is CannaOmics including multiple omics approaches such as Genomics, Transcriptomics, and Metabolomics towards cannabis breeding. I am interested in understanding of molecular functioning of biological systems and how to put Cannabis data at work.