Ali Taheri

Ali Taheri
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture

Contact Information
124 Farrell-Westbrook (Lab)
204F Farrell-Westbrook (Office)
Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN, 37209


Website: /taherilab

Research Areas
Plant Molecular Genetics and Breeding
High-throughput genotyping and phenotyping
Functional genomics 

Dillon JR, Ali Taheri, T Kusalik and R Parti. Detecting Neisseria Gonorrhoeae and Its Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Determinants Using Specific Marker Sequences. In process

Recent Publications 
Sumudu R Perera, Ali Taheri, Nurul H Khan, Rajinder P Parti, Stephanie Stefura, Pauline Skiba, Jason P Acker, Irene Martin, Anthony Kusalik and Jo-Anne R Dillon. 2018.  Evaluation of a Hydrogel-Based Diagnostic Approach for the Point-of-Care Based Detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Antibiotics 2018, 7(3), 70. DOI: 10.3390/antibiotics7030070

Margaret Gruber, Ushan Alahakoon, Ali Taheri, Nayidu Nagubushana, Rong Zhou, Banyar Aung, Andrew Sharpe, Abdelali Hannoufa, Peta Bonham-Smith and Dwayne D. Hegedus D. 2018. The biochemical composition and transcriptome of cotyledons from Brassica napus lines expressing the AtGL3 transcription factor and exhibiting reduced flea beetle feeding. BMC Plant Biology. 18:64

Perera, Sumudu R., Nurul H. Khan, Irene Martin, Ali Taheri, Rajinder P. Parti, Paul N. Levett, Greg B. Horsman, Anthony Kusalik, and Jo-Anne R. Dillon. 2017. Multiplex Real-Time PCR Assay for Simultaneous Identification of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Its Ciprofloxacin Susceptibility Status. Journal of clinical microbiology 55, no. 11 (2017): 3201-3209

Gruber MY, Xia J, Yu M, Steppuhn H, Wall K., Messer D, Sharpe A, Acharya SN, Wishart DS, Johnson D, Miller DR and Taheri A. 2016. Transcript analysis in two alfalfa salt tolerance selected breeding populations relative to a non-tolerant population. Genome. 2016 Oct doi: 10.1139/gen-2016-0111

Rolfe SA, Strelkov SE, Links MG, Clarke WE, Robinson SJ, Djavaheri M, Malinowski R, Haddadi P, Kagale S, Parkin IA, Taheri A, Borhan MH. 2016. The compact genome of the plant pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae is adapted to intracellular interactions with host Brassica spp. BMC Genomics. 2016 Mar 31;17:272. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-2597-2

Alahakoon UI, Taheri A, Nayidu NK, Epp D, Yu M, Parkin I, Hegedus D, Bonham-Smith P, Gruber MY. 2016. Hairy Canola (Brasssica napus) re-visited: Down-regulating TTG1 in an AtGL3-enhanced hairy leaf background improves growth, leaf trichome coverage, and metabolite gene expression diversity. BMC Plant Biol. Jan 6;16(1):12. doi: 10.1186/s12870-015-0680-5

Ali Taheri, Gao Peng, Min Yu, Dejun Cui, Sharon Regan, Isobel Parkin and Margaret Gruber. 2015. A landscape of hairy and twisted: Hunting for new trichome mutants in Arabidopsis T-DNA population. Plant Biology. doi: 10.1111/plb.12230

Naghabushana K. Nayidu, Yifang Tan, Ali Taheri, Xiang Li, Trent C. Bjorndahl, Jacek Nowak, David S. Wishart, Dwayne Hegedus, Margaret Y. Gruber. 2014. Brassica villosa, a system for studying non‑glandular trichomes and genes in the Brassicas. Plant Molecular Biology. DOI 10.1007/s11103-014-0201-1

Naghabushana K. Nayidu , Sateesh Kagale, Ali Taheri, Thushan S. Withana-Gamage, Isobel A. P. Parkin, Andrew G. Sharpe, Margaret Y. Gruber. 2014. Comparison of Five Major Trichome Regulatory Genes in Brassica villosa with Orthologues within the Brassicaceae. PLoS ONE 9(4): e95877. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095877

Ali Taheri, Stephen J Robinson, Isobel AP Parkin and Margaret Y Gruber. 2012. Revised selection criteria for candidate restriction enzymes in genome walking. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35117. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035117

Ali Taheri, Subramanian Jayasankar, John A. Cline, Manish N. Raizada & Peter K. Pauls. 2012. A WD-repeat gene from peach (Prunus persica L.) is a functional ortholog of Arabidopsis thaliana TRANSPARENT TESTA GLABRA1. In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. 48:23–29

Ali Taheri, J. Cline, S. Jayasankar and K. P. Pauls. 2012. Ethephon-induced abscission of “Redhaven” peach. American Journal of Plant Sciences. 3: 295-301

El-kereamy Ashraf, El-sharkawy Isla, Ramamoorthy R, Ali Taheri, Errampalli Deena, et al. 2011. Prunus domestica pathogenesis-related protein-5 activates the defense response pathway and enhances the resistance to fungal infection. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17973

Ashraf El-kereamy, Subramanian Jayasankar, Ali Taheri, Deena Errampalli and Gopinadhan Paliyath. 2009. Expression analysis of a plum pathogenesis related 10 (PR10) protein during brown rot infection. Plant Cell Reports. 28: 95-102
Ali Taheri. 2009. Molecular analysis of ethylene-induced fruit thinning and trichome development in peach. PhD Thesis. University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. 140 pgs

PhD in Plant Molecular Biology 2009, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
MSc in Horticulture, 2000, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Date joined staff:  2014


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