Iraj Rasooli

Iraj Rasooli was born in 1960 in Ahar, Iran. He received his BSc in Microbiology from Shivaji University (India) before obtaining his MSc and PhD in 1992 and 1998 respectively in Microbiology from Bombay University (India). He joined Shahed University in 1993 as an assistant professor where his focus has been on research activities on biological properties of essential oils from medicinal plants and he has published a number of papers in a number of notable national and international journals. He was awarded Razi festival prize by the president of Islamic Republic of Iran in 2002. Professor Rasooli went to the University of Calgary (Canada) in 2002 for his sabbatical where he accelerated his level of knowledge of molecular biology at Prof. Anthony Schryver’s laboratory. To date he has published 86 full length papers on bioactivities of essential oils and molecular microbiology. He continues teaching and researching in his current role as Dean of Science faculty at Shahed University, Tehran, Iran.

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Among the thousands of naturally occurring constituents so far identified in plants and exhibiting a long history of safe use, there are none that pose - or reasonably might be expected to pose - a significant risk to human health at current low levels of intake when used as flavoring substances. Due to their natural origin, environmental and genetic factors will influence the chemical composition of the plant essential oils. Factors such as species and subspecies, geographical location, harvest time, plant part used and method of isolation all affect chemical composition of the crude material separated from the plant. The screening of plant extracts and natural products for antioxidative and antimicrobial activity has revealed the potential of higher plants as a source of new agents, to serve the processing of natural products.

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