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Curriculum Vitae

Pezhman Safdari



Date of Birth: 18 July 1981 

Place of Birth: Hamedan, Iran

Mobile: 0449730414


August 2015 PhD candidate, uncovering the molecular basis of infectivity in a large natural pathogen metapopulation, Metapopulation Research Center and Bioinformatics for Molecular Biology Group, University of Helsinki, Finland

2011 until September 2015 Master’s Degree Program in Forest Sciences and Business (MScFB), Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki, Finland

2001 – 2003 BSc in the field ofNatural Resources Engineering – Forestry Faculty of Forestry Guilan University, Rasht, Iran

Overall GPA: 15.46 out of 20

1999 – 2001 Associate’s Degree in the field of Forestry TechnologyForestry, Faculty of Forestry Gorgan University Of Agricultural Sciences And Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran

Overall GPA: 15.44 out of 20

1998-1999 Pre-university studies in the field of Experimental Sciences, National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents High School (SAMPAD), Hamedan, Iran.

1995-1998 Secondary studies in the field of Mathematics and Physics, SAMPAD, Hamedan, Iran.


Mohammadi Samani, K. Pezhman Safdari 2004.Comparing of Volume in Chuka and Form-Class Volume Table by Real Volume (Fagus oreintalis). Agriculture and Natural Science Faculty of Guilan University Conference.


2013-2015 Bioinformatics technician in silver birch whole genome sequencing project. University of Helsinki, plant biology department

2008-2011 Staff of Educational Department of Azad University of Iran – Hamedan Branch

2006-2008 Contractor for Natural Resources Department of Hamedan Province

2004-2006 Military service


• Bioinformatic analysis, Manual and automatic gene prediction and annotation, RNAseq analysis, Remote sensing of the environment

Software LINUX operating system, R, Python, Extensive use of M.S Office, Windows, intermediate ArcGIS, some experience in AutoCAD and Photoshop  

Language Proficient in Persian, Fluent in English, Beginner in Finnish

• B class driving license


IELTS (NOV/21/2009): 6.5 (Reading 8, Listening 6.5, Speaking 6, Writing 6, Overall 6.5)


• RNAseq analysis

• Genome sequencing and annotation

• Host-pathogen interactions and epidemiology

• Remote sensing of the forest environment 

 Extracurricular activities

Nature hiking, astrophysics, history and volley ball

Description of research and teaching

Uncovering the molecular basis of infectivity in a large natural pathogen metapopulation


Due to relatively well studied role of effector proteins and established bioinformatics methods to identify them in fungal genomes, effector proteins are a suitable means to investigate the genetic basis of infectivity traits in pathogens. The interaction between P.lanceolata and its fungal pathogen P.plantaginis offers unique opportunities for linking effector variation to infectivity traits and epidemiological dynamics.

The key aim of this proposal is to identify candidate genomic loci in P.plantaginis associated with infectivity traits and analyze these loci for the presence of candidate effectors and to quantify variation at these loci from an existing extensive sample database.

Objectives of the study

Screening of the transcriptome and genome of two P.plantaginis in order to detect possible molecular differences causing the polymorphism.

A subset of DNA samples with measured infectivity and pathogenicity traits will be genotyped at candidate effector loci. The variation in infectivity traits of these strains will be correlated with the differences in their effector proteins at molecular level.

A spatiotemporal variation analysis will be conducted to identify the role of the candidate effectors in extinction or persistence or colonization of new host populations based on the correlation of polymorphic candidate effectors and pathogen’s population and metapopulation dynamics.

Education information

Teacher Assistant in Current Chalenges in Nextgeneration Sequencing course,

 7-11.12.2015, Plant Biology department, DPPS

Education/Academic qualification

Forestry, MsC, University of Helsinki

Forestry, BSc, Guilan University, Rasht, Iran

External positions

Intern, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

1 Jun 201531 Jul 2015

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • 1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Tissue-specific study across the stem reveals the chemistry and transcriptome dynamics of birch bark.

Alonso Serra, J. A., Safronov, O., Lim, K-J., Fraser-Miller, S., Blokhina, O. B., Campilho, A., Chong, S-L., Fagerstedt, K. V., Haavikko, R. H., Helariutta, Y., Immanen, J. J. M., Kangasjärvi, J. S., Kauppila, T. J., Lehtonen, M., Ragni, L., Rajaraman, S., Räsänen, R-M., Safdari, P., Tenkanen, T. M., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J. T. & 4 others, Teeri, T. H., Strachan, C. J., Nieminen, K. & Salojärvi, J. T., Jun 2019, In : New Phytologist. 222, 4, p. 1816-1831 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Genome sequencing and population genomic analyses provide insights into the adaptive landscape of silver birch

Salojärvi, J., Smolander, O-P., Nieminen, K., Rajaraman, S., Safronov, O., Safdari, P., Lamminmäki, A., Immanen, J., Lan, T., Tanskanen, J., Rastas, P., Amiryousefi, A., Jayaprakash, B., Kammonen, J. I., Hagqvist, R., Eswaran, G., Ahonen, V. H., Serra, J. A., Asiegbu, F. O., Barajas-Lopez, J. D. D. & 65 others, Blande, D., Blokhina, O., Blomster, T., Broholm, S., Brosche, M., Cui, F., Dardick, C., Ehonen, S. E., Elomaa, P., Escamez, S., Fagerstedt, K. V., Fujii, H., Gauthier, A., Gollan, P. J., Halimaa, P., Heino, P. I., Himanen, K., Hollender, C., Kangasjarvi, S., Kauppinen, L., Kelleher, C. T., Kontunen-Soppela, S., Koskinen, J. P., Kovalchuk, A., Karenlampi, S. O., Kärkönen, A. K., Lim, K-J., Leppälä, J., Macpherson, L., Mikola, J., Mouhu, K., Mähönen, A. P., Niinemets, U., Oksanen, E., Overmyer, K., Palva, E. T., Pazouki, L., Pennanen, V., Puhakainen, T., Poczai, P., Possen, B. J. H. M., Punkkinen, M., Rahikainen, M. M., Rousi, M., Ruonala, R., van der Schoot, C., Shapiguzov, A., Sierla, M., Sipilä, T. P., Sutela, S., Teeri, T. H., Tervahauta, A. I., Vaattovaara, A., Vahala, J., Vetchinnikova, L., Welling, A., Wrzaczek, M., Xu, E., Paulin, L. G., Schulman, A. H., Lascoux, M., Albert, V. A., Auvinen, P., Helariutta, Y. & Kangasjarvi, J., 8 May 2017, In : Nature Genetics. 49, 6, p. 904-912 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access