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Sahar Kiani

Department of Stem Cells
Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology


Sahar Kiani received her B.Sc from the Department of Biology at Azad University in 2001. She continued her education in the Medical University of Mashhad. She joined the laboratory of Professor Boskabady at the Medical University of Mashhad and graduated with an M.Sc in Physiology in 2003. Then, she began her Ph.D at Tarbiat Modarres University and Royan Institute, emphasizing the electrophysiology of human embryonic stem cells during neural differentiation, in the laboratory of Professor Baharvand at Royan Institute in 2006 and graduated in 2010. She currently works as a member of the academic staff at Royan Institute. Her major research interest has been motor neurons, particularly spinal cord injuries.

Research Interest

Human embryonic stem cells


  • Dehydroepiandrosterone stimulates neurogenesis in mouse embryonal carcinoma cell- and human embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitors and induces dopaminergic neurons. Azizi H, Mehrjardi NZ, Shahbazi E, Hemmesi K, Bahmani MK, Baharvand H. Stem Cells Dev. 2010 Jun;19(6):809-18.

  • ong-term self-renewable feeder-free human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural progenitors. Nemati S, Hatami M, Kiani S, Hemmesi K, Gourabi H, Masoudi N, Alaei S, Baharvand H. Stem Cells Dev. 2011 Mar;20(3):503-14.

  • Interactions of human embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitors with an electrospun nanofibrillar surface in vitro. Rahjouei A, Kiani S, Zahabi A, Mehrjardi NZ, Hashemi M, Baharvand H. Int J Artif Organs. 2011 Jul 17.

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