Mohammad Ali Amoozegar Mohammad Ali Amoozegar



Phone: +98 (021) 6111 3557

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Address: Department of Microbiology, School of Biology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Enghelab Avenue, Tehran 14155-6955, Iran

P.O. Box: 6455-14155, Tehran, Iran


  • PhD Microbiology, University of Tehran, Tehran, IRAN, (1996 - 2002)
  • M. Sc. Microbiology, University of Tehran, Tehran, IRAN, 1994-1996
  • B. Sc.  Microbiology, Azad University of Qom, Qom, IRAN, 1990-1994


Topic Research

  • Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Biodiversity and Systematic of Microorganisms
  • Biology of Extremophiles
  • Biodiversity of microorganisms
  • Polyphasic identification of Archaea and Bacteria
  • Environmental metagenome
  • Hypersaline lake microbiology and biotechnology
  • Bioremediation of toxic metals and oxyanions
  • Biotechnology application of Extremophiles


Dr. Mohammad Ali Amoozegar received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Tehran in 2003. He is head of the microorganism's bank in Iranian Biological Resource Center (IBRC) since January 2008, head of Extremophiles Lab Since March 2005 and Dean of School of Biology of the University of Tehran since February 2018, and currently works as a Professor at the School of Biology, University of Tehran, Iran. He is the author of over 128 publications in international journals, 3 books and 8 chapter books and has an H-index 28 by Google scholar. He has been appointed an editorial board member of 2 peer-reviewed journals and was invited to be a reviewer for over 30 international journals. He has served as a member of the family Halobacteriaceae International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) since 2014.  He was awarded as Khwarizmi International Award as 2nd laureate of fundamental research in 29th Khwarizmi International Award in 2016 and Top Researcher in 15th Festival of Appreciation of Selective Researchers and Technologists in Iran in 2014. Also, some other ministry or provincial level Awards in 2014 and 2015 for his outstanding research on microbial systematics

Dr. Amoozegar  is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of microbial systematics and taxonomy, who has isolated, identified and validly published more than 70 new prokaryotic and eukaryotic taxa in the past 15 years, including 1 new bacterial family, 11 new bacterial genera, 5 new archaeal genera, 37 new bacterial species, 13 new archaeal species, 8 new filamentous fungi and 2 new yeast, from diverse extremophile environments, such as hypersaline lakes and wetlands, salt lakes, saline mines, as well as marine ecosystems.

His main field of research is the microbiology of hypersaline environments and biotechnology of halophilic Archaea and Bacteria. Areas of research expertise are 1) biology, biotechnology, and ecology of halophilic bacteria and archaea; 2) a diversity in hypersaline lakes, wetlands, and marine environments; 3) systematic of halophilic microorganisms.

Lab Members (students)

PhD student   M.Sc. student               
Maryam Didari            Maryam Yavari  
Maryam Bagheri   Mahzad Nikbakht  
Negar Mozaheb               Nafsa Khazaii  
Fatemeh Gholami   Zeynab Amiri  
Maram Rezaei   Zeynab Ahmadzadeh  
Atefeh Safarpour   Sanaz Khadem  
Negar Raisei nia      
Maryam Zareh      
Sedigheh Basereh      
Elham Kazemi      










  • Chapter Books
  1. Safarpour A, Amoozegar MA, Ventosa, A. Hypersaline environments of Iran; Prokaryotic biodiversity and their potentials in microbial biotechnology "Extremophiles in Eurasian Ecosystems: Ecology, Diversity, and Application": Springer, 2018.
  2. Amoozegar MA.  and Ventosa, A. Halosicatus "Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria.": John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2018.
  3. Ventosa, A, and Amoozegar MA. Halovenus "Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria.": John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2017.
  4. Amoozegar MA. and Ventosa, A.  Halovarius "Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria.": John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2017.
  5. Ventosa, A, and Amoozegar MA. Halopenitus " Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria": John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2017.
  6. Ventosa, A, and Amoozegar MA. Haloarchaeobius " Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria": John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2017.
  7. Amoozegar MA, and Siroosi M. Hydrolytic Enzymes in Halophilic Bacteria, Properties and Biotechnological Potential"Halophiles, biodiversity and sustainable exploitation.": Springer, 2015.
  8. Amoozegar MA, Mehrshad M, and Akhondi H. Application of Extremophilic Microorganisms in Decolorization and Biodegradation of Textile Wastewater "Microbial degradation of synthetic dyes in wastewaters.": Springer, 2014.
  9. Ghazanfari, N, and Amoozegar MA. Evaluation of biosorption of Lead by Halomonas eurihalinastrain NA-2 "current research topics in applied microbiology and microbial biotechnology": World scientific publishing, 2007.


  • Reviews
  1. Amoozegar MA, Siroosi M, Atashgahi S, Smidt H, Ventosa A. Systematics of haloarchaea and biotechnological potential of their hydrolytic enzymes. Microbiology. 2017 May 26.
  2. Amoozegar MA, Mehrshad, M.  Inventory of new microbial taxa from Iran.  Progress in Biological Sciences.  2013, 3, 1-26.
  3. Amoozegar M.A., Hajighasemi M., Hamedi J., Asad  S., Ventosa  A. Azo dye decolorization by halophilic and  halotolerant microorganisms. Ann Microbiol. 2011, 61:217-230.
  • Selected publications
  1. Mehrshad M, Amoozegar M.A., Ghai R, Fazeli SA, Rodriguez-Valera F. Genome reconstruction from metagenomic datasets reveals novel microbes in the brackish waters of the Caspian Sea. Applied and environmental microbiology. 2016 Jan 4:AEM-03381.
  2. Wijayawardene NN, Hyde KD, Rajeshkumar KC, Hawksworth DL, Madrid H, Kirk PM, Braun U, Singh RV, Crous PW, Kukwa M, Lücking R, Amoozegar MA. Notes for genera: Ascomycota. Fungal diversity. 2017 Sep 1;86(1):1-594.
  3. Hyde K D, Amoozegar M.A., et al, Fungal diversity notes 367-490: taxonomic and phylogenetic contributions to fungal taxa. Fungal Diversity. 2016, 80:1-270.
  4. Crous, PW, Amoozegar M.A., et al, Fungal planet description sheets: 281-319. Persoonia. 2015, 33:212-289.
  5. Mehrshad M, Rodriguez-Valera F, Amoozegar MA, López-García P, Ghai R. The enigmatic SAR202 cluster up close: shedding light on a globally distributed dark ocean lineage involved in sulfur cycling. The ISME Journal. 2018 Mar;12(3):655.
  6. Naghoni A, Emtiazi G, Amoozegar MA, Cretoiu MS, Stal LJ, Etemadifar Z, Fazeli SA, Bolhuis H. Microbial diversity in the hypersaline Lake Meyghan, Iran. Scientific reports. 2017 Sep 14;7(1):11522.
  7. de la Haba RR, Corral P, Sánchez-Porro C, Infante-Domínguez C, Makkay AM, Amoozegar MA, Ventosa A, Papke RT. Genotypic and lipid analyses of strains from the archaeal genus Halorubrum reveal insights into their taxonomy, divergence and population structure. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2018;9:512.
  8. Viver T, Orellana L, González-Torres P, Díaz S, Urdiain M, Farías ME, Benes V, Kaempfer P, Shahinpei A, Amoozegar MA, Amann R. Genomic comparison between members of the Salinibacteraceae family, and description of a new species of Salinibacter (Salinibacter altiplanensis sp. nov.) isolated from high altitude hypersaline environments of the Argentinian Altiplano. Systematic and applied microbiology. 2018 Jan 31.
  9. Ramezani M, Hosseini SM, Ferrocino I, Amoozegar MA, Cocolin L.  Molecular investigation of bacterial communities during the manufacturing and ripening of semi-hard Iranian Liqvan cheese. Food Microbiology. 2017 66:64-71.
  10. Jebelli MA, Maleki A, Amoozegar MA, Kalantar E, Gharibi F, Darvish N, Tashayoe H. Isolation and identification of the native population bacteria for bioremediation of high levels of arsenic from water resources. Journal of environmental management. 2018 Feb;212:39-45.
  11. Jebeli MA, Maleki A, Amoozegar MA, Kalantar E, Izanloo H, Gharibi F. Bacillus flexus strain As-12, a new arsenic transformer bacterium isolated from contaminated water resources. Chemosphere. 2017 Feb 28;169:636-41.
  12. Jebelli MA, Maleki A, Amoozegar MA, Kalantar E, Shahmoradi B, Gharibi F. Isolation and identification of indigenous prokaryotic bacteria from arsenic-contaminated water resources and their impact on arsenic transformation. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 2017 Jun 30;140:170-6.
  13. Hoseinifar SH, Mirvaghefi A, Amoozegar M.A., Sharifian M, Esteban MÁ. Modulation of innate immune response, mucosal parameters and disease resistance in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) upon synbiotic feeding. Fish & shellfish immunology. 2015 Jul 31;45(1):27-32.
  14. Sharghi EA, Bonakdarpour B, Roustazade P, Amoozegar M.A., Rabbani AR. The biological treatment of high salinity synthetic oilfield produced water in a submerged membrane bioreactor using a halophilic bacterial consortium. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 2013 Nov 1;88(11):2016-26.
  15. Kabiri  M., Amoozegar M.A., Tabebordar  M.,  Gilany K., Hosseini Salekdeh  G. Effects of selenite and tellurite  on growth, physiology and proteome of a moderately halophilic bacterium. J. Proteome Research. 2009, 8:3098-3108.
  16. Asad S., Amoozegar M.A., Pourbabaee A.A., Sarbolouki M.N., Dastgheib S.M.M. Decolorization of textile azo  dyes by newly isolated halophilic and halotolerant bacteria. Bioresource. Technol. 2007, 98:2082-2088.