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Anahit Nazari

Anahit Nazari Ghadikolaei


I am currently a post-doc at the Department of Animal Science (Animal Breeding and Genetics section) at SLU with the main focus on the Swedish beef cattle genomic selection project. I have also been involved in Swedish Warmblood horses genomic project.



My Ph.D. thesis was conducted on genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for coat color, mohair, and growth traits to detect possible regions/genes in the Iranian Markhoz goats which are the Angora goat type with the main production of fine and luster fiber called “Mohair”.

I was also involved in the dairy cattle lameness genomic project in upstate New York during the time I was at Cornell University.

My current project as a post-doc at SLU is genomic selection in Swedish beef cattle for different growth and fertility traits and genetic defects.

I have also worked on Swedish Warmblood horses genomic projects. In this project, we conducted factor analysis for over 50 linear traits to make them much easier to be interpreted and implemented for future genomic selection programs. The factors used for further GWAS study to unravel possible QTL or genes related to the mentioned traits.

I am involved in other projects like GWAS for litter size in Markhoz goats and goat population study as well.


For my PhD, I was a visiting scholar at the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University. I conducted my thesis analyses and bioinformatics at the Odyssey DNA Lab.



2013-2018, PhD in Animal breeding and Genetics, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, , University of Tehran, Iran.

2008-2011, MSc in Animal breeding and Genetics, Department of Animal Science, Aboureyhan Campus, University of Tehran, Iran.

2004-2008, BSc in Animal Science, Department of Animal Science, Aboureyhan Campus, University of Tehran, Iran.


Selected publications

1-Phenotypic characterization and genome-wide association studies of digital cushion thickness in Holstein cows.

C.R. Stambuk, E.A. Staiger, A.Nazari- Ghadikolaei, B.J. Hines, H.J. Huson. 2020. Journal of Dairy Science.

2-Genome-Wide Association Studies Identify Candidate Genes for Coat Color and Mohair Traits in the Iranian Markhoz Goat.

 Anahit Nazari Ghadikolaei, Hassan Mehrabani Yeganeh, Seyed Reza Miraei Ashtiani, Elizabeth Ann Staiger, Amir Rashidi and Heather Jay Huson. 2018. Front. Genet. 9:105. doi:10.3389/fgene.2018.00105.