This post was written by ali on January 2, 2009
Posted Under: Iran Parasitologists,Parasitologists,World Parasitologists
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Place of work: Dep of Biodiversity, Uni of Limpopo, South Africa
Field of study: Parasitology, Wildlife Parasites, Vector-Borne Pathogens
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Curriculum Vitae(Resume)

Personal information:

Date of Birth:20.9.1978

Phone number:+27-071 8321 739

Academic education:

-PhD. :       2005-Jan.2011    Veterinary Parasitology/Veterinary Faculty, Tehran, Iran
-D.V.M. :
1996-2002              Veterinary Medicine/Shahrekord university, Shahrekord, Iran

Vet org number: 5346

Thesis / Dissertations:

-PhD thesis title:     A study on fauna , intensity and prevalence of  helminth parasites of Ten species of wild birds, including  magpies, gulls (5 spp.), kestrels (2 spp.), crows and grebes in the western region of Mazandaran province, north of Iran

-DVM thesis title:  Study of Cryptococcus neoformans in domestic and wild pigeons droppings in Shahrekord district,Iran

Membership in societies:

-Parasitology Society of South Africa (PARSA) Member from 2012-present

-The Fisheries Society of The British Isles (FSBI): 2011-2015

-World Association for Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology(WAAVP)  Member from 2007

-Iranian Society of Parasitology(ISP):  Member from 2005

Current position:

Seniorr Researcher 2016-present

Department of Biodiversity
School of Molecular and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Agriculture
University of Limpopo
Sovenga 0727, Private Bag X1106
South Africa
Office Phone Number:
0027 152682932

Post Doctoral Fellowship:


Department of Biodiversity
School of Molecular and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Agriculture
University of Limpopo
Sovenga 0727, Private Bag X1106
South Africa
Office Phone Number:
0027 152682932

Other Work experience:

Manager of a Veterinary pharmacy from 2004-2009

Research interests:

Parasitology, Wildlife Diseases, Host-Parasite interactions, Zoonotic parasites, One Health concept

Research projects:

-Aquatic health and Wildlife parasites in South Africa 2011-present

-Birds-Wild  and Immigrant- Helminths, Iran :   2007-2011

-Sturgeons (Caspian sea Acipenserids) gastrointestinal and gill  helminths and monogenes: 2006-2011

-Amphistomes in Bos taurus( cattle),Mazandaran province:   2007-2008

-Gongylonema pulchrum in Bos taurus( cattle),Mazandaran province:                                           2006-2009

-Gongylonema pulchrum in Camelus dromedarius(camel) and Sus scrofa(wild boar):              2009-present

 Research visits:

 - 25.March.2012- 20.June.2012 Department of Biology and Wildlife Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic,

Study on the lice species in birds of South Africa (Dr Oldrich Sychra)

- 2009-2011 Department of Ecology and Biology (D.E.B.), Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy,

DNA extraction, PCR and molecular studies on Nematodes (Dr Simunetta Mattiucci)

- Dec.2009-Feb.2010 Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Gregarin Street, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria,

Cestodes and Nematodes of birds

Tel (+359 2) 8717 195 (Prof. Boyko Georgiev)

Workshop attendance:

1- Course on anticoccidial drugs factories KRKA, 2001,Tehran ,Iran.

2- Course on meat and meat products quality control, Iranian Standard Organization,2003, Esfahan ,Iran.

3- Quality Management System Awareness & Documentation & Internal AuditTraining Course , 4-5 December , 2005, Iran.

4- PCR molecular diagnosis and research learning workshop , Tehran University , Veterinary Faculty , Central Dr Rastegar research laboratory , 2006 , Tehran , Iran .

5- ELISA workshop,Tehran University,Veterinary Faculty , 22 November , 2007 ,Tehran , Iran

Publications (Journals):

37- Sychra, O., Halajian, A., Luus-Powell, W., Engelbrecht, Symes, C., Papousek, I. (2014) Amblyceran chewing lice (Phthiraptera: Amblycera) from wild passerines (Passeriformes) in South Africa, with a note to their phylogenetic relationships and with the description of a new species of the genus Myrsidea, African Entomology, Accepted.

36- Youssefi, M.R., Mousapour, A., Nikzad, R., Gonzalez-Solis, D., Halajian, A., Rahimi, M.T. (2014) Gastrointestinal helminths of the Caspian turtle, Mauremys caspica (Testudines), from northern Iran, Journal of Parasitic Diseases, In Press.

35- Heckmann, R., Halajian, A., El-Naggar, A., Luus-Powell, W. (2014) A histopathlogy study of Caspian Seal (Pusa caspica) (Phocidae, Mammalia) liver infected with trematode, Pseudamphistomum truncatum (Rudolphi, 1819) (Opisthorchidae, Trematoda), Iranian Journal of Parasitology, 9(2), pp. 266-275.

34- Tkach, V., Halajian, A., Kuzmin, Y. (2014) Phylogenetic affinities and systematic position of Entomelas sylvestris Baker, 1982 (Nematoda: Rhabdiasidae), a parasite of Breviceps sylvestris (Amphibia: Brevicipitidae) in South Africa, Systematic Parasitology, 87(3), pp. 293-298.

33- Amin, O.M., Heckmann, R.A., Halajian, A., El-Naggar, A., Tavakol, S. (2014) Description of Moniliformis kalahariensis (Acanthocephala: Moniliformidae) from the South African Hedgehog, Atelerix frontalis (Erinaceidae) in South Africa, Comparative Parasitology, 81(1), pp. 33-43.

32- Halajian, A., Tavakol, S., Smit, W., Harris, R., Engelbrecht, D. (2013) Nilus curtus a fish eating spider found in the stomach of Striated Heron (Butorides striata) in Limpopo Province, SANSA (South African National Survey of Arachnida) News, 19, p. 14.

31- Hosseini, S.H., Alinezhad, S., Mobedi, I., Halajian, A., Karimi, E., Ahoo, M.B., Yasemi, M. (2013) Study on the parasites of Pseudorhombus elevatus, Psettodes erumei and Brachirus orientalis from the Persian Gulf, Iran, Iranian Journal of Fisheries Sciences, 12(4), pp. 827-835.

30- Shamsi, S., Halajian, A., Tavakol, S., Mortazavi, P., Boulton, J. (2013) Pathogenicity of Clinostomum complanatum (Digenea: Clinostomidae) in piscivorous birds, Research in Veterinary Science, Accepted, Research in Veterinary Science, 95(2), pp. 537-539.

29- Youssefi, M.R., Rahimi, M.T., Halajian, A., Moosapour, A.A., Nikzad, R., Nikzad, M., Ramezanpour, S., Ebrahimpour, S. (2013) Helminth parasites of Eastern European Hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor) in Northern Iran, Iranian Journal of Parasitology, 8(4), pp. 645-650.

28- Dik, B., Halajian, A., Turner, M. (2013) The morphology of Craspedorrhynchus platystomus (Burmeister, 1838), a louse commonly found on the long-legged buzzard Buteo rufinus (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera: Philopteridae), Turkish Journal of Zoology, 37(6), pp. 739-745.

27- Amin, O.M., Heckmann, R.A., Halajian, A., El-Naggar, A., Tavakol, S. (2013) The description and histopathology of Leptorhynchoides polycristatus n. Sp. (Acanthocephala: Rhadinorhynchidae) from sturgeons, Acipencer spp. (Actinopterigii: Acipenseridae) in the caspian sea, Iran, with a key to species and emendation of the genus, Parasitology Research, 112(11), pp. 3873-3882.

26-Marrugal, A., Callejón, R., de Rojas, M., Halajian, A., Cutillas, C. (2013) Morphological, biometrical and molecular characterization of Ctenocephalides felis and Ctenocephalides canis isolated from dogs from different geographical regions, Parasitology Research, 112(6), pp. 2289-2298..

25-Halajian, A., Kinsella, J.M., Mortazavi, P., Abedi, M. (2013) The first report of morbidity and mortality in golden pheasants, Chrysolophus pictus, due to a mixed infection of Heterakis gallinarum and H. Isolonche in Iran, Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 37, pp. 611-614.

24-Dik, B., Halajian, A. (2013) Chewing lice (Phthiraptera) of several species of wild birds in Iran, with new records, Journal of Arthropod-Borne Diseases, 7(1), pp. 83-89.

23- Halajian, A., Bursey, C.R., Goldberg, S.R., Mohammad Ali Gol, S. (2013) Helminth parasites of the European glass lizard, Pseudopus apodus (Squamata: Anguidae), and European grass snake, Natrix natrix (Serpentes: Colubridae), from Iran, Comparative Parasitology, 80(1), pp. 151-156.

22- Halajian, A., Bursey, C.R., Goldberg, S.R., Luus-Powell, W. (2013) Helminths of six species of Anurans from the Republic of South Africa: Amietophrynus garmani, Amietophrynus gutturalis, Amietophrynus maculatus, Schismaderma carens (Bufonidae) and Amietia angolensis, Strongylopus grayii (Pyxicephalidae), with a Review of South African Anurans Helminths, Comparative Parasitology, 80(1), pp. 80-95.

21-Khanmohammadi, M., Halajian, A., Ganji, S. (2013) First scanning electron microscope observation on adult Oesophagostomum venulosum (Rudolphi, 1809) (Nematoda: Strongylida, Chabertiidae), Veterinarija ir Zootechnika (Vet Med Zoot), T. 62(84), pp. 56-61.

20-Heckmann, R.A., Amin, O.M., Halajian, A., El-Naggar, A.M. (2012) The morphology and histopathology of Nephridiacanthus major (Acanthocephala: Oligacanthorhynchidae) from hedgehogs in Iran, Parasitology Research, 112, pp. 543-548.

19- Heckmann, R.A., Halajian, A. (2012) Ultrastructural study of Pseudamphistomum truncatum (Rudolphi, 1819) (Opisthorchidae Trematoda) from the Caspian Seal (Pusa caspica) (Phocidae, Mammalia) using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDXA), Scientia Parasitologica, 13(3), pp. 101-108.

18-Halajian, A., Sychra, O., Luus-Powell, W., Engelbrecht, D. (2012) Chewing lice of the genus Myrsidea (Phthiraptera: Amblycera: Menoponidae) from passerines (Aves: Passeriformes) in South Africa, with descriptions of three new species, Zootaxa, 3442, pp. 58-68.

17- Halajian, A., Tavakol, S., Mansoori, J. (2012) The first report of pigeon maggot, Protocalliphora sp. (Diptera: Calliphoridae) from domestic pigeons in Iran, Comparative Clinical Pathology, 21(3), pp. 361-362.

16-Coskun, SZ., Eslami, A., Halajian, A., Nikpey, A. (2012) Amphistome species in cattle in South Coast of Caspian sea, Iranian J Parasitol, 7(1), pp. 32-35.

15-Callejon, R., Halajian, A., de Rojas, M., Marrugal, A., Guevara, D., Cutillas, C. (2012) 16S partial gene mitochondrial DNA and internal transcribed spacers ribosomal DNA as differential markers of Trichuris discolor populations, Veterinary Parasitology, 186, pp. 350-363.

14-Amin, O.M., Heckmann, R.A., Halajian, A., El-Naggar, A.M. (2011) The morphology of a unique population of Corynosoma strumosum (Acanthocephala, Polymorphidae) from the Caspian seal, Pusa caspica, in the land-locked Caspian Sea using SEM, with special notes on histopathology, Acta Parasitologica, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. – .

13- Halajian, A., Eslami, A., Mobedi, I., Amin, O., Mansouri, J., Mariaux, J., Tavakol, S. (2011) Gastrointestinal helminths of Magpies (Pica pica), Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) and Carrion crows (Corvus corone) in Mazandaran province, north of Iran, Iranian J Parasitol, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 38-44.

12- Amor, N., Halajian, A., Farjallah, S., Merella, P., Said, K., Slimane, B.B. (2011) Molecular characterization of Fasciola spp. from the endemic area of northern Iran based on nuclear ribosomal DNA sequences, Experimental Parasitology, Vol. 128, Issue 3, pp. 196-204. 

11- Eslami, Ali; Halajian, Ali; Bokaie, Saeed (2011) A survey on the bovine amphistomiasis in Mazandaran province, north of Iran, Iranian J of Vet Research, Shiraz Uni, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 52-55.

10- Amor, N., Halajian, A., Merella, P., Farjallah, S., Said, K., Ben Slimane, B. (2011) Genetic characterization of Fasciola spp. from Tonekabon city (Northern Iran) based on the Ribosomal Internal Transcribed Spacer Regions, Pakistan J of Zoology, 43(6), pp. 1061-1067.

9- Youssefi, M., Hosseinifard, S.M., Halajian, A., Nasiri Amiri, M., Shokrolahi, S. (2011) Pronoprymna ventricosa (Digenea: Faustulidae) in Alosa caspia fish in North of Iran, World J of Fish and Marine Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 104-106.

8-Halajian, Ali; Eslami, Ali; Salehi, Nasrin; Ashrafi-helan, Javad; Sato, Hiroshi (2010)Incidence and genetic characterization of Gongylonema pulchrum in cattle slaughtered in Mazandaran province, Northern Iran, Iranian J Parasitol, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 10-18.

7- Singh, Hridaya S.; Chaudhary, As., Halajian, A(2010)Further observations on Clinostomum piscidium Southwell and Prashad, 1918 recovered from the body cavity of Colisa fasciata(Bloch and Schneider, 1801)in India, Sci. Parasitol. ,11(2), pp.55-60.

6- Amin, Omar M. ;Heckmann, Richard A. ; Halajian, Ali;Eslami, Ali (2010)Redescription of Sphaerirostris picae (Acanthocephala : Centrorhynchidae) from Magpie ,Pica pica, in Northern Iran ,with special reference to unusual receptacle structures and notes on histopathology ,J. Parasitol. ,Vol.96, No. 3, pp. 561-568.

5- Mutafchiev,Yasen; Halajian, Ali; Georgiev, Boyko B. (2010) Two new nematode species of the genus Cosmocephalus Molin,1858 (Spirurida : Acuariidae)with an amended generic diagnosis and an identification key to Cosmocephalus spp. , Zootaxa ,8 plates,2nd Feb ,2349 , pp. 1-20.

4- Tavakol, Sareh; Motalebi, Abbas Ali; Bahmani, Mahmoud; Halajian, Ali ; Jalali, Behyar (2009) Survey on gill parasites of Acipenserid fishes of Caspian sea and freshwater in Iran, Iranian Journal of Comparative Biopathology (Iranian Journal of Veterinary Sciences), 6(3), 77-84 (763-770).

3- Meshgi,Behnam ;Eslami ,Ali; Halajian ,Ali(2009)Determination of diagnostic antigens in cattle Amphistomiasis using Western blotting , Iranian J Parasitol ,Vol. 4 ,No. 2 ,pp. 32-37. (Original article)

2- Pirali-kheirabadi,Khodadad ;Razzaghi-abyaneh, M., Halajian, Ali(2009) Acaricidal effect of Pelargonium roseum and Eucalyptus globulus essential oils against adult stage of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus)annulatus in vitro,Veterinary Parasitology,Vol. 162 ,Issues3-4,June,pp. 346-349.

1- Ebrahimi, Aziz allah; Halajian, Ali; Nikookhah, Farzaneh (2004)Isolation of Cryptococcus neoformans from pigeon droppings in Shahrekord Iran, Indian Veterinary Journal, Nov, 81, pp. 1293-1294.

New Species (3 Acanthocephalans, 5 Nematodes, 4 Lice)

 12-Mediorhynchus mokgalongi Smales and Halajian, 2018 (Acanthocephala: Gigantorhynchidae) ex Turdus smithi (Bonaparte, 1850) (Karoo Thrush) (Aves: Turdidae)

11-Rhabdias engelbrechti Kuzmin, Halajian, Tavakol, Luus-Powell, Tkach, 2017 (Nematoda: Rhabdiasidae) ex Phrynomantis bifasciatus (Banded Rubber Frog) (Amphibia: Microhylidae)

10-Centrorhynchus sarehae Smales and Halajian, 2017 (Acanthocephala: Centrorhynchidae) ex Kaupifalco monogrammicus (Temminck) (Lizard Buzzard) (Aves: Accipitridae)

9-Trichuris ursinus Callejón, Halajian and Cutillas, 2017 (Nematoda: Trichuridae) ex Papio ursinus (Keer, 1792) (Chacma Baboon)

8-Philometroides khalili Moravec, Halajian, Tavakol, Nyagura and Luus-Powell, 2015 (Nematoda: Philometridae)

7-Myrsidea oatleyi Sychra and Halajian, 2014 (Phthiraptera) ex Pogonocichla stellata (Vieillot)

(White-starred Robin) (Aves: Muscicapidae)

6-Leptorhynchoides polycristatus Amin, Heckmann, Halajian, El-Naggar et Tavakol, 2013 (Acanthocephala)

5-Myrsidea aynazae Halajian and Sychra, 2012 (Phthiraptera) ex Phyllastrephus flavostriatus (Sharpe) (Pycnonotidae)

4-Myrsidea eslamii Halajian and Sychra, 2012 (Phthiraptera) ex Geokichla (Zoothera) gurneyi (Hartlaub)- Orange Ground-Thrush (Turdidae)

3-Myrsidea marequensis Halajian and Sychra, 2012 (Phthiraptera) ex Bradornis mariquensis Smith (Aves: Muscicapidae)

2-Cosmocephalus podicipis Mutafchiev, Halajian et Georgiev, 2010 (Nematoda: Acuariidae)

1-Cosmocephalus pelecani Mutafchiev, Halajian et Georgiev, 2010 (Nematoda: Acuariidae)

Papers presented in Symposiums or Congresses:

20-Halajian, A., Sychra, O., Luus-Powell, W., Engelbrecht, D., Theron, J., Literak, I. (2012) Chewing lice of the genus Myrsidea (Phthiraptera: Menoponidae) in wild birds of Limpopo province, South Africa, 41st PARSA Conference, Bloemfontein, South Africa, October 1-3, p. 23.

19-Tavakol, S., Halajian, A., Amin, O., Luus-Powell, W. (2012) Acanthocephalans of Iran, a Review with new records, 41st PARSA Conference, Bloemfontein, South Africa, October 1-3, p. 23.

18-Tavakol, S., Halajian, A. (2012) Study of the prevalence of pathogenic helminth parasites in wild Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) in Taleghan dam, Iran, International Conference on Diseases of Zoo and Wild Animals, Verona, Italy, May 16-19, p. 190.  

17- Dik, B., Halajian, A. (2011) Chewing lice of wild birds in Iran, with new records, Third Annual Zoological Congress of Grigore Antipa Museum (CZGA 2011), Bucharest, Romania, November 23-25. (Oral presentation)

16- Halajian, A., Tavakol, S., Mortazavi, P., Shamsi, S., Luus-Powell, W. (2011) Clinostomum complanatum in birds, a potential pathogen for fishes, Iran, VIII International Symposium of Fish Parasites, Vina del Mar, Chile, September 26-30, pp. 56-57. (Oral presentation)

15-Halajian, A., Paoletti, M., Nascetti, G., Tavakol, S., Mattiucci, S. (2011) Molecular identification of species of genus Contracaecum (Nematoda: Anisakidae) maturing in fish-eating birds of Northern Iran, VIII International Symposium of Fish Parasites, Vina del Mar, Chile, September 26-30, pp. 128-129. (Poster presentation)

14-Gastrointestinal helminths of Magpies (Pica pica), Rooks (Corvus frugilegus), and Carrion Crows (Corvus corone)of Iran,International Symposium of Parasites of the Holarctic Region,Petrozavodsk,Russia,October4-8th,2010,pp.157-161.(Oral presentation)

13- Larus spp. gastrointestinal helminths in southern shore of caspian sea in Iran,International Symposium of Parasites of the Holarctic Region,Petrozavodsk,Russia,October4-8th,2010,p.173.

12- Callejón, R., Riazzo, C., de Rojas, M., Ubeda, J.M., Ariza, C., Halajian, Ali, Guevara, D. and  Cutillas, C. Molecular characterization of Trichuris discolor by Sequencing of the ITS1–5.8S–ITS2 fragment of the Ribosomal DNA,XI Congreso Ibérico de Parasitología, Lisbon, Portugal, September 15-18, 2009.

11- Acipenseridae) in southern part of Caspian sea, 6th International Symposium on Monogenea, Cape Town, South Africa, August 2-7, 2009.

10- Occurrence and intensity of Nitzschia sturionis (Monogenea: Capsalidae) in the Sturgeons(Chondrostei:Acipenseridae)of south of Caspian sea, Xth European Multicolloquium of Parasitology(EMOP), Paris, France, August 24-28th, 2008, p.72.

9- Acaricidal effect of Pelargonium roseum and Eucalyptus globules essential oils against adult stage of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus)annulatus,Xth European Multicolloquium of Parasitology (EMOP), Paris, France, August 24-28th, 2008, p. 41.

8-Prevalence ,Pathogenicity ,Fauna of intestinal helminths of cattles in north of Iran Coast of Caspian sea,Xth European Multicolloquium of Parasitology (EMOP), Paris, France, August 24-28th, 2008, p.99.(Oral presentation)

7-Acanthocephales of fresh water fishes of Iran, The 7th Symposium of fish parasites(ISFP VII), Sep 2007 , Viterbo , Italy,P.17.

6- Parasitic fauna of Liza spp (Mugilidae) in southern Caspian sea and freshwaters of Iran , The 21th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP), Gent , Belgium, 19-23 August 2007, p. 360.

5- Occurrence and pathology of Gongylonema infection in cattle in north of Iran Mazandaran province , The 21th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology(WAAVP), Gent, Belgium, August 19-23, 2007, p. 296.

4- Study of infection rate of Echinococcus granulosus and Echinococcus multilocularis in stray dogs in Tabriz city , National Congress on Hydatid cyst , 9-10 May 2007 , Yasuj , Iran.

3- Study of Cryptococcus neoformans prevalence rate in domestic and wild pigeons droppings in Shahrekord city and study of it as a reservoir of the fungus in causing human infections , The 12th Iranian Congress on Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Tehran, Iran, Jan 17-21, 2004.

2- Measurement of hoof floor diameter in Shahrekord abattoir for evaluating the situation of cow hoof grooming in Shahrekord district , 13th Iranian Veterinary Congress, Tehran, Iran, 12-14 Feb , 2003.

1- Determination of PT and PTT values in Chaleshtorian Sheeps , 1th Iranian Congress of Veterinary Basic Sciences, Tehran, Iran, 31May-2 June, 2000.

Thesis advised:

- Sadeghi-Mehr, Mohammad (2010)   D.V.M. Thesis, Biological control of adult stage of Ixodes ricinus and Argas persicus by entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae isolates under laboratoy condition,Veterinary Faulty, Shahrekord University, Shahrekord, Iran (Supervisor: Dr Khodadad Pirali Kheirabadi)


Tavakoul, S., Jalali, B., Halajian, A. (2008) Acanthocephales and Identified Species of them in Iran ,Nikkhah & Partonegar Publications,160 pages,18 coloured photos(In Persian with English tables and abstract).

Foreign languages proficiency:

-English IELTS (03.Sep.2011) 

Overall band score:7

Listening: 7.5  Reading: 7.5 Writing: 6 Speaking:7

-GRE (12.Feb.2011)

Verbal: 300           Quantitative: 590     Analytical: 2.5

-English IELTS (21.May.2009)

Overall band score:6.5

Listening: 7 Reading: 7 Writing: 6 Speaking:6.5

-English  MCHE: 70 (2000)


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