Welcome from the Center Director


Mojgan Babanejad

PhD: Medical Genetics, Genetics Research Centre, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences

MSc: Genetics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University  




Tel. No0098-21-22180138

Address: Genetics Research Center- University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation- Kudakyar Alley- Daneshju Blvd. - Evin- Tehran- Iran


Link in scopus: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=37030466400

Link in google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ZMmlBCcAAAAJ&hl=en


Research Interests

  • Genetics of hearing loss
  • Genetics of Age Related Macular Disease
  • Genetics of Coronary Artery Disease


1.       Babanejad M, Adeli OA, Nikzat N, Beheshtian M, Azarafra H, Sadeghnia F, Mohseni M, Najmabadi H, Kahrizi K. SLC52A2 mutations cause SCABD2 phenotype: A second report. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 Jan;104:195-199.


2.       Booth KT, Kahrizi K, Babanejad M, Daghagh H, Bademci G, Arzhangi S, Zareabdollahi D, Duman D, El-Amraoui A, Tekin M, Najmabadi H, Azaiez H, Smith RJ. Variants in CIB2 cause DFNB48 and not USH1J. Clin Genet. 2018 Apr;93(4):812-821.


3.       Soheilian R, Jabbarpour Bonyadi MH, Moein H, Babanejad M, Ramezani A, Yaseri M, Soheilian M. C-reactive protein and complement factor H polymorphism interaction in advanced exudative age-related macular degeneration. Int Ophthalmol. 2016 Oct 24.


4.       Beheshtian M, Babanejad M, Azaiez H, Bazazzadegan N, Kolbe D, Sloan-Heggen C, Arzhangi S, Booth K, Mohseni M, Frees K, Azizi MH, Daneshi A, Farhadi M, Kahrizi K, Smith RJ, Najmabadi H. Heterogeneity of Hereditary Hearing Loss in Iran: a Comprehensive Review. Arch Iran Med. 2016 Oct 1;19(10):720-728.


5.       Beheshtian M, Saee Rad S, Babanejad M, Mohseni M, Hashemi H, Eshghabadi A, Hajizadeh F, Akbari MR, Kahrizi K, Riazi Esfahani M, Najmabadi H. Impact of whole exome sequencing among Iranian patients with autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa. Arch Iran Med. 2015 Nov;18(11):776-85.


6.       Sloan-Heggen CM*, Babanejad M*, Beheshtian M, Simpson AC, Booth KT, Ardalani F, Frees KL, Mohseni M, Mozafari R, Mehrjoo Z, Jamali L, Vaziri S, Akhtarkhavari T, Bazazzadegan N, Nikzat N, Arzhangi S, Sabbagh F, Otukesh H, Seifati SM, Khodaei H, Taghdiri M, Meyer NC, Daneshi A, Farhadi M, Kahrizi K, Smith RJ, Azaiez H, Najmabadi H. Characterising the spectrum of autosomal recessive hereditary hearing loss in Iran. J Med Genet. 2015 Dec;52(12):823-9. *joint first authors.


7.       Mehrjoo Z, Babanejad M, Kahrizi K, Najmabadi H. Two novel mutations in ILDR1 gene cause autosomal recessive nonsyndromic hearing loss in consanguineous Iranian families. J Genet. 2015 Sep;94(3):483-7.


8.       Booth KT, Azaiez H, Kahrizi K, Simpson AC, Tollefson WT, Sloan CM, Meyer NC, Babanejad M, Ardalani F, Arzhangi S, Schnieders MJ, Najmabadi H, Smith RJ. PDZD7 and hearing loss: More than just a modifier. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Dec;167A(12):2957-65.


9.       Babanejad M*, Moein H*, Akbari MR, Badiei A, Yaseri M, Soheilian M, Najmabadi H. Investigating the CFH Gene Polymorphisms as a Risk Factor for Age-related Macular Degeneration in an Iranian Population. Ophthalmic Genet. 2016 Jun;37(2):144-9. *joint first authors.






Genetics Research Center
Iranome: Iranian Genomic Variations

The human genome is highly variable and each individual’s genome contains approximately 3.5 million Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and 1000 large (>500 bp) Copy Number Variations (CNVs).

Today, large scale projects such as the 1000 Genomes and the International HapMap projects have been implemented on large scale samples from different populations such as Europeans, Americans, East Asians, and sub-Saharan Africans to increase our understanding of the contribution of genomic variations to human diseases. … more