Research Centers

 1 - The Caspian Sea Basin Research Center



This research center is comprised of three departments: Water and Environment, Marine Sciences, and Marine Industries

Missions and Responsibilities

  • Integrated management for Anzali lagoon
  • Decontamination of oil pollution in the Caspian Sea
  • Sustainable development of the Caspian shores
  • Quality and quantity management of water resources
  • Conducting research on the physical and chemical attributes of the Caspian region
  • Development of environmental studies and ecosystems

Facilities and Laboratories

This research center is part of the university; therefore, many of its needs are fulfilled by the laboratories and facilities below which are already available at the university:

  • Sea biology laboratory
  • Sea biochemistry laboratory
  • Water quality laboratory
  • Physical-Hydraulic modeling laboratory


 2 – The Guilanology Research Center



Established in 2016, the Guilanology Research Center is a center for historical, cultural and social research projects on Guilan and its people. The overarching goals of this research center are as follows:

Goals and responsibilities

  • Development of appropriate research infrastructures and human resources to further its research projects
  • Recruiting esteemed researchers for different fields
  • Establishing a specialized database on related research projects, and the creation of a consultancy database
  • Promoting collaborations with other institutions and research centers, both inside and outside the country
  • Increasing the number of scientific articles in indexed journals both inside and outside the countries
  • Publishing academic books
  • Organizing conferences, scientific meetings, commemoration of scholars, seminars and workshops related to the activities of the research center on national and international levels
  • Evaluating of research activates by different research groups
  • Providing opportunities for the development of new research groups
  • Advising and supervising graduate theses in accordance with the center's goals

Bio – Anthropological Laboratory

The Bio- Anthropological Laboratory of the University of Guilan was established for the first time in Iran in 2016 at University of Guilan in Research Institute of Guilan Studies with the support of the Management and Planning Organization of Guilan. One of the most fundamental aspects of the laboratory is research and training of the national experts.

The specialist and research team of the laboratory will provide the following services:

Research and Training to how deal with various human discovered remains - either ancient or new population - through the right tools and methods using interdisciplinary experiments.

Exploration, excavation and analysis of biological and cultural collected data, in the form of joint projects, inter-university or organizational contracts.

Quantitative and qualitative study of the ancient remaind or new population through either cultural biological factors.

Metric studies, somatic measurements, as well as nonmetric studies or cellular-molecular facilities for reconstructing of the archaeological samples.

Ancient resource studies and Osteological services:

Excavation, cleaning and reconstruction of the human remains.

Age estimation, sex determination, bone reconstruction, Paleopathological studies and cause of death of the discovered bones. 

Anthropometric measurements to obtain and categorize different medical, industrial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of a population.

Bio-cultural studies.

Surveying of a diseases and impact of social and cultural disorders on a stricken population by using basic science and medical sciences applications.

Setting of Anatomical, Physical and Genetical Atlas of an ancient or new population.

Typology and Measurement of Stone Tools.

Photography and Drawing of Stone Tools to representing them in the form of hard or soft copies.

Megascopic, Microscopic and Petrographic Thin Section of the stone tools.

Extraction and Analysis of Trace Elements and Isotopes of biological remains.

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 3 – The Silkworm Research Group



Established in 1994, the Silkworm Research Group aims to conduct basic, applied and developmental research on silkworms, silk fibers, and sericulture development in Iran. This research group has had several research projects, collaborating with the Iran Silkworm Research Centre, Northern Iran's Biotechnology Center, and several other prestigious organizations and institutes. The members of the Silkworm Research Group, many of whom are faculty members at the University of Guilan, have published more than 60 academic papers (more than half of which have been published in international journals). University of Guilan's Silkworm Research Group has also been ranked 4th among the agricultural institutes in Iran. Expanding the group and making it into an international center for sericulture studies is our priority.

Missions and responsibilities

  • Carrying out research projects that will improve the quality of sericulture, silkworms, silk and wool
  • Establishing Iran's silkworm germ database
  • Expanding silkworm industries
  • Expanding Iran's mulberry gene database
  • Studying the economic and social conditions of rural communities in order to prepare and implement plans that will improve the existing structures and will rehabilitate and expand the farms
  • Studying the global market for sericulture products
  • Training human resources for various sectors of sericulture industries
  • Developing silkworm research groups and sericulture biotechnology


 4 – Sericulture Research Department of the Guilan University


The sericulture research department, which started its activity in the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Soumesara City) in 1999 with the permission of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, was transferred to the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (Rasht City) in 2006. Considering that Gilan province has been the most important center of silk cocoon and thread production in the country from the past to the present day, as well as government and research centers are concentrated in this province, the activity of Gilan University in research, technology, education and consulting matters is essential. This research group with researchers from different disciplines has been able to be an influential scientific center in the region and the country. The most important activities of the research group are as follows:

  • Publication of 107 Latin articles, 60 Persian articles, 210 conference articles, 50 master's and doctoral theses, 42 research projects, publication of 11 specialized books,
  • Cooperation in various silkworm breeding projects, running a national project to isolate new silkworm lines (2012-2019) and introduction of 16 new lines in 2020, introduction of 10 commercial silkworm hybrids in 2022,
  • Making a laboratory silk reeling machine, making a multi-purpose silk spinning machine, making mulbery garden in the Guilan University,
  • Setting up the silkworm rearing hall, Setting up the silkworm laboratory with full research facilities,
  • Organizing the Iran National Silk Conference (2017- Guilan University), Organizing the national exhibition of the country's silk capabilities (2017, Rasht), Organizing a specialized meeting on sericultural issues in Guilan province(2016- Guilan University) and also a specialized meeting on the issues of planting, propagation and diseases of mulberry (2017- Guilan University), Organizing a specialized committee to study sericulture issues of Guilan Province from 2013 to 2017.
  • Close cooperation with the government, research, and industrial centers of the region, including the IRAN silk research center and the Sericultural Development Center of IRAN and also Industrial consulting for silk reeling factories of the region,



Sericulture Research Department

Agriculture Faculty, University of Guilan, Tehran Road, Rasht, Iran, Zip code : 41996-13986

Tel    +98-13-44085099

Fax   +98-13-33690281

Cell   +98-9112324897

E-mail : and

Objectives and Practical capabilities

1- Silkworm breeding to improve lines and hybrids

2- Production of natural pheromones to control mulberry pests

3- Production of commercial fibroin and sericin from silk

4- Propagation of mulberry seedlings and making mulbery gardens

5- Organizing training courses for domestic and foreign students

6- Organaizing national and international workshops for silkworm egg production, cocoon production, silk thread production, silk dyeing and weaving silk textiles and carpet, diseases and pests control for both mulberry and silkworms

8- Scientific advice to etablish sericulture museums

Academic member of Sericulture Research Department


Head of the Department



Dr. Seyed Hossein

Hosseini Moghaddam



Ph. D. in Animal Genetics and Breeding


 Zhejiang University – China

  • Breeding of new silkworm lines
  • Cocoon and silk test for line and hybrids of silkworm
  • Evaluation of thermotolerance in silkworm lines and hybrids
  • Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs) gene expression in the silkworm
  • Proteomics studies in the silkworm
  • Teaching  silkworm-rearing technology in the university
  • Writing a book on the principles of silkworm rearing and a historical book on the Sericulture of Guilan (in collaboration with Dr. Panahi and Nadia Rah)
  • Secretary of the National Silk Conference (Guilan University-2017)
  • Member of the country's silkworm egg supply committee (from 2017 to 2023)
  • Director of Sericulture Research Department (from 2010 to 2023)

Department  of Animal Science


Dr. Seyed Ziaeddin Mirhoseini


Ph. D. in Animal Genetics and Breeding


Tarbiat Modarres University- Iran

  • Silkworm line breeding
  • Silkworm performance test
  • Application of molecular markers in silkworm breeding & genetic diversity
  • Resistance to disease and environmental stress in silkworm genetic resources.
  • Head of the Silkworm Research Center of Iran  from 2003 to 2007
  • Writing a book on genetic resources of Iranian silkworms (in collaboration with Dr. Seidavi)
  • Secretary of the National Silk Conference (Guilan University-2017)

Department of Animal Science

Dr. Jalal Jalali Sendi

Ph. D. in Insect Physiology


Banaras Hindu University

  • effect of juvenile hormone analogue (JHA) on the silkworm
  • In Vitro establishment of embryonic primary culture of silkworm
  • Nutritional investigation of different cultivars of mulberry tree on silkworm performance
  • Investigating the characteristics of Glyphodes pyloalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)
  • Introduction of different methods for pest control  of Glyphodes pyloalis
  • Holding a workshop on  pest control  of Glyphodes pyloalis
  • for promoters and experts of Gilan province


Department of Plant Protection



Dr. Ali Shams Nateri

Ph. D. in Textile Engineering- Color Physic and Chemistry


Amirkabir University of Technology

  • Developing the technology of dyeing and finishing silk fabric and setting up a sample production line
  • Writing a book on characteristics of textile fibers (silk)
  • Study on silk fabric color
  • Study on natural dyes for silk dyeing
  • Silk degumming operation

Department of Textile Engineering

Dr. Mohamad Karim Motamed

Ph. D. in Agricultural Education and Extension


Pusa University- India

  • Educational-promotional program for intercropping in mulbery garden
  • Writing a book on principles of sericulture promotion and a guidebook on the mulberry diseases
  • Knowledge and attitude of sericulturists about different types of silkworm eggs in Gilan province
  • Investigating the technical characteristics of women in the sericulture of Guilan province

Department of Agricultural Economics

Dr. Babak Noroozi



Ph. D. in Textile Chemistry


Amirkabir University of Technology

  • Simple applicable recovery of sericin micro and nano powders
  • Production of chitosan nanoparticles from silkworm pupae and investigating the possibility of their use in medicine
  • Extraction of sericin powder from the actual effluent of silk degumming

Department of Textile Engineering

Dr. Kamran Mahfoozi

Ph. D. Candidate in Textile Engineering


Amirkabir University of Technology

  • Silk reeling, Spun silk and Weaving specialist
  • Silk fabric designer
  • Designer and manufacturer of silk reeling machine
  • Designer and manufacturer of silk twisting machine
  • Investigation in silk nanofiber yarn
  • Determining the characteristics of silk thread


Department of Textile Engineering

Dr. Abbas Panahi

Ph. D. In History


Islamic Azad University

  • Historical studies on Iran's silk trade especially Guilan silk in the previous era
  • Writing a historical book on the Sericulture of Guilan on the Silk Road (in collaboration with Dr. Hossein Hosseini Moghadam and Nadia Rah)

The Guilanology Research Center

Dr. Mohamadreza Khaledian

Ph. D. in Irrigation and Drainage


Montpellier University - France

  • Design smart sprinkle irrigation system for mulberry garden
  • Investigating the effect of sprinkle irrigation compared to surface irrigation and rainfed cultivation in the production of fresh mulberry leaves
  • Micropropagation of domestic mulberry cultivars

Department of Water Engineering


Facilities and equipment

This research group has facilities for drying cocoons and silk reeling, mulbery garden, silkworm rearing rooms in addition to the molecular genetics laboratory in the Animal Science Department, the insect physiology laboratory in the Plant Protection Department, and the fiber physics of textile laboratory in the Textile Engineering Department.