LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

Mohammad Rahnamaeian

PD Dr. agr.

Group leader

Phone: +49 641 99-39501

Email: mohammad.rahnamaeian@agrar.uni-giessen.de

Room: 1.40

Building: TIG



Venia legendi and appointment as Privatdozent for Agrobiotechnology

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management, Justus Liebig University Giessen
Since April 2013 Group leader (Antimicrobials), Fraunhofer IME Bioresources Project Group, Giessen


“Antimicrobial Peptides in Innate Immunity and Biotechnology”
Since October 2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Fraunhofer IME Bioresources Project Group, Giessen. Topic: “Isolation and Characterization of Insect Antimicrobial Peptides”
Since June 2011 Coordinator of the Research Group for “Safflower Breeding for Salinity Tolerance”, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran (2011-2013)

Assistant Professor and Official Academic Staff for Teaching and Research, Department of Plant Biotechnology, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran. Topics:

1 - Immune Responses of Safflower and Sesame to A/Biotic Stress

2 - Medicinal Plants for Heart Failure
2009 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Applied Entomology, Justus Liebig University of Giessen (Prof. Andreas Vilcinskas). Topic: “Study of Galleria mellonella and Metarhizium anisopliae Interaction”
2005–2009 PhD: Agricultural Sciences-Plant Biotechnology, Institute for Phytopathology and Applied Zoology, Justus Liebig University of Giessen (Prof. Karl-Heinz Kogel). Thesis title: “Ectopic Expression and Functional Analysis of the Antimicrobial Activity of the Fruit Fly Peptide Metchnikowin in Barley”
2002–2005 MSc: Agricultural Engineering-Agrobiotechnology, Mazandaran University, Iran (Prof. Ghorbanali Nematzadeh). Thesis title: “Study of Aroma Controlling Locus in Some Domestic and Exotic Aromatic Varieties of Rice”
1998–2002 BSc: Agricultural Engineering-Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Mazandaran University, Iran


09/2005–11/2008 JLU Giessen/BASF AG: for PhD project, Giessen, Germany
02/2009–03/2009 BASF AG: for resistance monitoring project at the Department of Fungicide Development, Ludwigshafen, Germany
07/2009–09/2009 BASF AG: literature review for the development of kits to detect growth-promoting microorganisms, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Research Interests

  • Molecular Host-Microbe Interactions
  • Antimicrobial Peptides
  • Insect Biology and Physiology
  • Pathogen Resistance Improvement in Plants
  • Resistance Genetics of Plants to Pathogens
  • Molecular Plant Pathology


Bolouri Moghaddam MR, Gross T, Becker A, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M (2017) The selective antifungal activity of Drosophila melanogaster metchnikowin reflects the species-dependent inhibition of succinate–coenzyme Q reductase. Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08407-x.
Luna-Ramirez K, Tonk M, Rahnamaeian M, Vilcinskas A (2017) Bioactivity of Natural and Engineered Antimicrobial Peptides from Venom of the Scorpions Urodacus yaschenkoi and U. manicatus. Toxins, 9 (1) , 22.
Al Souhail Q, Hiromasa Y, Rahnamaeian M, Giraldo MC, Takahashi D, Valent B, Vilcinskas A, Kanost MR (2016) Characterization and regulation of expression of an antifungal peptide from hemolymph of an insect, Manduca sexta. Developmental & Comparative Immunology, 61 , 258–268.
Cabezas-Cruz A, Tonk M, Bouchut A, Pierrot C, Pierce RJ, Kotsyfakis M, Rahnamaeian M, Vilcinskas A, Khalife J, Valdés JJ (2016) Antiplasmodial Activity Is an Ancient and Conserved Feature of Tick Defensins. Frontiers in Microbiology, , 1-12.
Moghaddam MB, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M (2016) The insect-derived antimicrobial peptide metchnikowin targets Fusarium graminearum β(1,3)-glucanosyltransferase Gel1, which is required for the maintenance of cell wall integrity. Biological Chemistry,
Moghaddam MR, Tonk M, Schreiber C, Salzig D, Czermak P, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M (2016) The potential of the Galleria mellonella innate immune system is maximized by the co–presentation of diverse antimicrobial peptides. Biological Chemistry, epub ahead of print
Rahnamaeian M, Cytryńska M, Zdybicka-Barabas A, Vilcinskas A (2016) The functional interaction between abaecin and pore-forming peptides indicates a general mechanism of antibacterial potentiation. Peptides, 78 , 17–23.
Tonk M, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M (2016) Insect antimicrobial peptides: potential tools for the prevention of skin cancer. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 100 (17) , 7397-7405.
Bolouri Moghaddam MR, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M (2015) Cooperative interaction of antimicrobial peptides with the interrelated immune pathways in plants. Molecular Plant Pathology,
Rahnamaeian M, Cytryńska M, Zdybicka-Barabas A, Dobslaff K, Wiesner J, Twyman RM, Züchner T, Sadd BM, Regoes RR, Schmidt-Hempel P, Vilcinskas A (2015) Insect antimicrobial peptides show potentiating functional interactions against Gram-negative bacteria. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282 (1806) , 1–10.
Rahnamaeian M, Vilcinskas A (2015) Short antimicrobial peptides as cosmetic ingredients to deter dermatological pathogens. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology,
Tonk M, Cabezas-Cruz A, Valdés JJ, Rego ROM, Grubhoffer L, Estrada-Peña A, Vilcinskas A, Kotsyfakis M, Rahnamaeian M (2015) Ixodes ricinus defensins attack distantly-related pathogens. Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 53 (2) , 358–365.
Dehghan S, Sadeghi M, Pöppel A, Fischer R, Lakes-Harlan R, Kavousi HR, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M (2014) Differential inductions of phenylalanine ammonia-lyase and chalcone synthase during wounding, salicylic acid treatment, and salinity stress in safflower, Carthamus tinctorius Bioscience Reports, 34 (3) , 273–282.
Tonk M, Cabezas-Cruz A, Valdés JJ, Rego R, Chrudimská T, Strnad M., Šíma R, Bell-Sakyi L, Franta Z, Vilcinskas A, Grubhoffer L, Rahnamaeian M (2014) Defensins from the tick Ixodes scapularis are effective against phytopathogenic fungi and the human bacterial pathogen Listeria grayi Parasites & Vectors, 7:554 , 1–8.
Sadeghi M, Dehghan S, Fischer R, Wenzel U, Vilcinskas A, Reza Kavousi H, Rahnamaeian M (2013) Isolation and characterization of isochorismate synthase and cinnamate 4-hydroxylase during salinity stress, wounding and salicylic acid treatment in Carthamus tinctorius Plant Signaling & Behavior, 8 (11) e27335
Rahnamaeian M, Vilcinskas A (2012) Defense gene expression is potentiated in transgenic barley expressing antifungal peptide metchnikowin throughout powdery mildew challenge. Journal of Plant Research, 125 (1) , 115–124.
Khastkhodaei S, Sharifi G, Salahi R, Rahnamaeian M, Moattar F (2011) Clinical efficacy of Stragol™ herbal heart drop in ischemic heart failure of stable chest angina European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 3 (3) , e201-e207.
Rahnamaeian M (2011) Antimicrobial peptides: modes of mechanism, modulation of defense responses. Plant Signaling & Behavior 6(9), , 1325-1332.
Rahnamaeian M, Langen G, Imani J, Khalifa W, Altincicek B, von Wettstein D, Kogel KH, Vilcinskas A (2009) Insect peptide metchnikowin confers on barley a selective capacity for resistance to ascomycetes fungal pathogens. Journal of Experimental Botany 60(14), , 4105-4114.
Rahnamaeian M, Nematzadeh Gh A, Kazemitabar SK (2007) Investigation of fragrance locus in some aromatic rice cultivars Seed and Plant Improvement Journal, 22 (4) , 443-445.