Microbiology and Immunology  Department 
About Us

Microbiology is the scientific discipline that examines microbes and microbial diseases. Microbes, small organisms that require microscopic tools for visualization, encompass bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. The discoveries of microbes and the realization that they represent causative agents of human and animal diseases have transformed biological sciences and established the very broad foundations of molecular medicine. Antimicrobial therapies, vaccines, hygiene and antiseptic techniques are intellectual achievements that represent foundations for the current medical revolution. Apart from the contributions of microbiology to human health, the foundations of modern molecular biology and genetics rest on research carried out with microbes. Basic research in microbiology supports our effort for eradication of important pathogens, prevention of human diseases, and the development of new strategies for modified medicine. The department of microbiology at the KAUMS seeks to meet these challenges. This page will inform you about our faculty and their research interests, educational programs emphasizing undergraduate and graduate studies. Research focuses on bacteria and viruses that cause disease, and the larger microbial communities in which they exist. Inaddition, our faculty members collaborate closely with the health program and the department of infectious disease to advance high impact research in microbiology. They are also dedicated to train students who are motivated to pursue their doctorate and master of science degrees in microbiology. The department also trains medical, dental, nursing, midwifery, laboratory sciences, health, anesthesia and information technology students in microbiology and supports postdoctoral fellows working in microbiology and related areas.

History of the Department

The department of microbiology at KAUMS was founded thirty years ago, in 1985, as the Pathobiology. It underwent of name changes, reflecting the emphasis in biomedical research, and was eventually named as the department of microbiology and immunology in 1989. Through the years, a number of distinguished scientists have contributed to the success and reputation of the department.

We are committed to train the next generation of leaders in Microbiology. Therefore, the department's mission is to carry out high impact research on the biology, transmission, immunology, antibiotic resistance and pathogenesis of microbes. Our world is changing ever more rapidly due to population growth, and with the emergence of new infectious diseases never has it been more important to train excellent young people in the scientific tool needed to meet these challenges. 

Department's vision is to provide a conductive learning environment, a student-friendly atmosphere as well as to produce highly qualified, knowledgeable, and skilled students in all fields of microbiology to achieve academic excellence in all aspects of Microbiology. 

Research Interest Areas
 - Molecular diagnostics and typing of MRSA and other gram-positive pathogens
 - Molecular diagnostics and typing of gram-negative pathogens 
(e.coli klebsiella spp, pseudomonas aeruginosa, acinetobacter baumannii, h.pylori and brucella)
 - Analysis of staphylococcal and entrococcal biofilms and their eradication
 - Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance
 - Probiotics


The educational facilities of the department include the general microbiology laboratory, molecular laboratory, virology laboratory and cell culture laboratory. In addition, the department has a close cooperation with the anatomy sciences research center, infectious diseases research center and autoimmune research center.
Ph.D. Training Program

The program in microbiology trains doctoral candidates in the biology of bacteria and viruses in infectious disease processes. Training is offered in the fields of microbial and molecular genetics, mechanisms of pathogenicity and host resistance to infectious agents, medically important microbes and their vectors, mechanisms of gene regulation and signal transduction, and biochemical, cellular, and immunological phenomena associated with infections. The curriculum emphasizes the molecular aspects of microbial pathogenesis, with courses in cell and molecular biology, bacterial pathogenesis, virology, medical microbiology and bioinformatics.

Faculty Members


Head of Department

Dr. Ahmad Khorshidi,  (khorshidi_a@kaums.ac.ir)
5km of Qotb–e Ravandi Blvd. P.O. Box: 8715988141, Kashan, IRAN
Tel: (+98 31) 55240021(3501)
Fax: (+98 31) 55541112

Administrative Officers

(lecturer Assistants)

Mohammad Pourbabaee, M.Sc. (h_pourbabaee@yahoo.com)
Zahra Sadat Fateminasab (z.fatemi136@gmail.com )

Ph.D. Students:

Foroogh Nemati Bidgoli
Afshar Etemadi
Fereshteh Badee
Mina Yekani
Zahra Sadat Seyyedi
Maryam Koopayee

Rezvan Moniri, Ph.D
Professor and chairman
Medical Microbiologist
email: moniri@kaums.ac.ir




Department of Microbiology Chair:
Rezvan Moniri, Ph.D
Professor and chairman
Medical Microbiologist
email: moniri@kaums.ac.ir