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Bahram Samanfar

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (University of Tehran, Iran), M.Sc. (University of Tehran, Iran), M.Sc. (Paul Sabatier University, France), Ph.D. (Carleton University, Canada)
Office:Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,
Ottawa Research and Development Centre
(AAFC-Ottawa RDC),
960 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C6
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Current Research

Main Research Interests:

  • Genomics, Proteomics (Bioinformatics) and Transcriptomics (RNA sequencing) approaches to investigate economically important pathways including time of flowering and maturity, and seed protein content in soybean.
  • Allele-specific marker developments in soybean.
  • Computational approach to investigate protein-protein interactions in soybean.
  • Host-pathogen interaction analysis (Soybean-SCN).

Areas of Expertise:

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, Allergy, Protein Synthesis Pathway in Soybean, Microbiology, Protein Synthesis (Translation) Pathway in Yeast and E.coli, Protein-Protein Interaction (PPI), and Genetic Interaction (GI).

Selected Publications

  1. Dick K, Samanfar B, Barnes B,  Cober E, Mimee B, Tan LT, Molnar SJ, Biggar K, Golshani A, Dehne F, and Green JR: PIPE4: Ultra-Fast PPI Predictor for Comprehensive Inter- and Cross-Species Interactomes. Scientific Report, 2020, 10(1):1390.
  2. Samanfar B, Cober E, Charette M, Tan LH, Bekele WA, Morrison M, Kilian A, Belzile F, and Molnar SJ: Genetic Analysis of High Protein Content in ‘AC Proteus’ Related Soybean Populations Using SSR, SNP, DArT and DArTseq Markers, Scientific Report, 2019, 9(1):19657.
  3. Burnside D, Schoenrock A, Moteshareie H, Hooshyar M, Basra P, Hajikarimloo M, Dick K, Barnes B, Kazmirchuk T, Jessulat M, Pitre S, Samanfar B, Babu M, Green JR, Wong A, Dehne F, Biggar KK, and  Golshani A: In silco engineering of synthetic proteins from random amino acid sequences. iscience (Cell press), 2019, 11:375-387.
  4. Galvan I, Ghiyasvand M, Massatsky A, Babu M, Samanfar B, Omidi K, Moon T, Smith M, and Golshani A: Zinc oxide and silver nanoparticles toxicity in the baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. PLOS ONE, 2018, 13(3):e0193111.
  5. Omidi K, Jessulat M, Hooshyar M, Burnside DJ, Schoenrock A, Kazmirchuk T, Hajikarimlou M, Daniel M, Moteshareie H, Bhojoo U, Sanders M, Ramotar D, Dehne F, Samanfar B, Babu M, and Golshani A: Uncharacterized ORF HUR1 influences the efficiency of non-homologous end-joining repair in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Gene, 2018, 639:128-136.
  6. Moteshareie H, Hajikarimlou m, Indrayanti AM, Burnside D, Dias AP, Lettl C, Ahmed D, Omidi K, Kazmirchuk T, Puchacz N, Zare N, Takallou S, Naing T, Hernández RB, Willmore WG, Babu M, McKay B, Samanfar B, Holcik M, Golshani A: Heavy metal sensitivities of gene deletion strains for ITT1 and RPS1A connect their activities to the expression of URE2, a key gene involved in metal detoxification in yeast. PLOS ONE, 2018, 13(9):
  7. Samanfar B, Molnar SJ, Charette M, Schoenrock A, Belzile F, Dehne F, Golshani A, and Cober ER: Mapping and identification of a candidate gene for a novel maturity locus, E10, in soybean. Theoretical and Applied Genomics (TAG), 2017, 130(2):377-390.
  8. Samanfar B, Shostak K, Moteshareie H, Hajikarimlou M, Shaikho S, Omid K, Hooshyar M, Burnside D, Galván Márquez I, Kazmirchuk T,  Naing T, Ludovico P, York-Lyon A, Szereszewski K, Leung C, Yixin Jin J, Megarbane R, Smith ML, Babu M, Holcik M, and Golshani, A: The sensitivity of the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to acetic acid is influenced by DOM34 and RPL36A. PeerJ, 2017, 5:e4037.
  9. Kazmirchuk T, Dick K, Burnside D, Barnes B, Moteshareie H, Hajikarimlou M, Hooshyar M,  Omidi K, Ahmed D,  Low A,  Lettl C,  Schoenrock A, Pitre S, Babu M, Cassol E, Samanfar B, Wong  A, Dehne F, Green J, and  Golshani A: Designing Anti-Zika Virus Peptides Derived from Predicted Human-Zika Virus Protein-Protein Interactions. Computational Biology and Chemistry, 71(2017): 180-187.
  10. Samanfar B, Tan LH, Shostak K, Chalabian F, Wu z, Alamgir MD, Sunba N, Burnside D, Omidi K, Hooshyar M, Galván Márquez I, Jessulat M, Smith M, Babu M, Azizi A, and Golshani A: A global investigation of gene deletion strains that affect premature stop codon bypass in yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mol Biosys., 2014, 10 (4): 916-924.
  11. Schoenrock A, Samanfar B, Pitre S, Hooshyar M, Jin K,  Philips C, Wang H, Phanse S, Omidi K, Gui Y, Alamgir Md, Wong A, Barrenas F, Babu M, Benson M, Langston M, Green JR, Dehne F, and  Golshani A: Efficient prediction of human protein-protein interactions at a global scale. BMC Bioinformatics, 2014, 15(1): 383-404.