Iraj Mehregan




Iraj Mehregan

Iraj Mehregan

Visiting Scientist

Climate change is one of the major challenges of modern time and has negative impacts on local communities and regional ecosystems. A large proportion of the world’s economy, in particular the economy of developing countries, is derived directly from biological resources. Climate change dramatically affects biodiversity and agricultural production and causes food insecurity. The biodiversity of Western Iran is highly dependent on the Zagros oak forests, which are the key elements of the Western Iranian forests and woodlands. As a visiting researcher, Iraj is working with AG Albach on different projects related mainly to the W Iran, including:

1. Assessment of the health of the Persian oak (Quercus brantii) forests using HTS analyses of their genetic structure and soil fungal microbiome.

2. Phylogenomics and genome evolution of the genus Medicago (joint project with E. Small, Canada).

3. Phylogenomics and evolution of the genus Dionysia (joint project with Göteborg and Tübingen Botanical Gardens).

Teaching concept

As a teacher and lecturer, I always try to be updated and learn new topics as much as possible, and yet try to explain complex topics in the most simple ways. I have a preliminary, but flexible teaching plan for each course. In my classes, I use presentations and illustrations to help students to learn more effectively. I would like to be a facilitator, not the only source of information. I encourage students to learn for themselves, put them in groups, ask them to do practical tasks and some writing. Practical experience plays an important role in my courses. My courses also include project works, discussions, and problem-solving techniques. Each student is different and learns in a different manner. My methods are different for graduate and undergraduate students.

Teaching experience in Iran

Undergraduate courses:

Plant systematics (since 2009)
Evolution (since 2014)
Medicinal plants (since 2009)
Molecular biology (since 2018)
Technical English texts (since 2018)

Graduate courses:

Molecular ecology (since 2019)
Population genetics (since 2019)
Plant biosystematics (since 2011)
Advanced taxonomy (since 2010)
Advanced technical English texts (since 2016)
Bioinformatics (since 2016)
Evolution and phylogeny (since 2013)
Ecology of microorganisms (Since 2022)
Taxonomy of microorganisms (Since 2021)


Prof. Dr. Dirk C. Albach

Instituet für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften

Carl von Ossietzky Universität

26111 Oldenburg, Germany

+49 441 798-3339 (F&P)


Ernest Small, Ph.D., F.L.S., C.M.

Principal Research Scientist

Science and Technology Branch

Ottawa Research and Development Centre

Ottawa ON K1A 0C6, Canada

+1- 613-759-1370 (unavailable during COVID-19 emergency); +1-613-226-5116

E‐Mail: ;

Alfonso Susanna

Senior Researcher

Botanic Institute of Barcelona

Pg. del Migdia, s. n.

ES08038 Barcelona, Spain

+34 93 2890611


Magnus Lidén

Uppsala University, EBC: Systematic Biology

Norbyvägen 18D, 75236 Uppsala, Sweden

+46 (0)18-471 00 00


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