Benham Abasht

Education

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University: 2006-2008
  • Ph.D., French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) – Agrocampus Rennes, France: 2006
  • M.Sc., University of Tehran, Iran: 1998
  • B.Sc., Urmia University, Iran: 1995

Professional Experience

  • 2011-Present: Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
  • 2008-2011: Research Geneticist and Genomics Project Leader, Perdue Farms, Inc.

Research Interests

  • Integrative food animal biology, utilizing systems-based multi-disciplinary approaches to identify loci contributing to the variation in quantitative traits (QTL) in chickens
  • Genetic regulation of adiposity in chickens
  • QTL mapping, statistical genomics and computational biology with application to commercial poultry breeding programs

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals

Abasht, B., E. Sandford, J. Arango, P. Settar, J. E. Fulton, N. P. O’Sullivan, A. Hassen, D. Habier, R. L. Fernando, J. C. M. Dekkers and S. J. Lamont. 2009. Extent and consistency of linkage disequilibrium and identification of DNA markers for production and egg quality traits in commercial layer chicken populations. BMC Genomics, 10 Suppl 2:S2.

Le Mignon G., F. Pitel, C. Desert, S. Leroux, O. Demeure, G. Guernec, B. Aabsht, M. Douaire, P. Le Roy, and S. Lagarrigue. 2009. Using transcriptome profiling to characterize QTL regions on chicken chromosome 5. BMC Genomics, 10, 575.

Abasht, B., M. G. Kaiser, J. van derPoel, and S.J. Lamont. 2009. Genetic lines differ in Toll-like receptor gene expression in spleen of chicks inoculated with Salmonella enterica serovar enteritidis. Poult. Sci. 88(4):744-9.

Abasht, B., M. G. Kaiser, and S. J. Lamont. 2008. Toll-like receptor gene expression in cecum and spleen of advanced intercross line chicks challenged with Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis. Vet. Immunol. Immunopathol. 123(3-4):314-23. 

Abasht, B., and S.J. Lamont. 2007. Genome-wide association analysis reveals cryptic alleles as an important factor in heterosis for fatness in chicken F2 population. Anim. Genet. 38(5):491-8.

Abasht, B., J.C. Dekkers, and S. J. Lamont. 2006. Review of quantitative trait loci identified in the chicken. Invited Review. Poult. Sci. 85(12):2079-96.

Abasht, B., F. Pitel, S. Lagarrigue, E. Le Bihan-Duval, P. Le Roy, O. Demeure, F. Vignoles, J. Simon, L. Cogburn, S. Aggrey, A. Vignal, and M. Douaire. 2006. Fatness QTL on chicken chromosome 5 and interaction with sex. Genet. Sel. Evol. 38:297-311.

Lagarrigue, S., F. Pitel, W. Carre, B. Abasht, P. Le Roy, A. Neau, Y. Amigues, M. Sourdioux, J. Simon, L. Cogburn, S. Aggrey, B. Leclercq, A. Vignal, and M. Douaire. 2006. Mapping quantitative trait loci affecting fatness and breast muscle weight in meat-type chicken lines divergently selected on abdominal fatness. Genet. Sel. Evol. 38:85-97.

Pitel F., B. Abasht, M. Morisson, R. P. Crooijmans, F. Vignoles, S. Leroux, K. Feve, S. Bardes, D. Milan, S. Lagarrigue, M. A. Groenen, M. Douaire and A. Vignal. 2004. A high-resolution radiation hybrid map of chicken chromosome 5 and comparison with human chromosomes. BMC Genomics, 5:66.

Animal Industry Reports (Web-accessible)

Iowa State University Animal Industry Reports at: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/report/air

Midwest Poultry Research Program Reports at: http://www.mwpoultry.org/ResearchDB.php

Sandford E., C. Ciraci, B. Abasht, J. C. M. Dekkers and S. J. Lamont. SNPs in Region of NF-Kappa-B Gene Associated with Expression of Immune-Related Genes. Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2010, A.S. Leaflet R2483

Beach E., B.Abasht, R. L. Fernando, J. C. M. Dekkers, S. J. Lamont J. Arango, P. Settar, J. E. Fulton, and N. P. O’Sullivan. Extent and Consistency of Linkage Disequilibrium and Identification of DNA Markers for Production and Egg Quality Traits in Commercial Layer Chicken Populations. Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2009, A.S. Leaflet R2444

Abasht, B., E. Beach, J.A. Arango, P. Settar, J.E. Fulton, N.P. O’Sullivan, R.L. Fernando, J.C.M. Dekkers and S.J. Lamont. Identification of DNA Markers for Important Production Traits in Layer Lines. Midwest Poultry Research Program Report 2008.

Abasht, B., M. G. Kaiser, J. van derPoel, and S.J. Lamont.Toll-like Receptor Gene Expression in Cecum and Spleen of Chicks Challenged with Salmonella Enterica Serovar Enteritidis. Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2008, A.S. Leaflet R2329

Lamont, S. J., J.C. M. Dekkers, D. Nettleton, X. Ye and B. Abasht. Integrated Candidate Gene and Gene Expression Approach to Identify Genetic Networks Associated with Salmonella Response in Poultry. Midwest Poultry Research Program Report 2007

Abasht, B., and S.J. Lamont. Genome-Wide Association Study of Fatness in Chickens. Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2007, A.S. Leaflet R2218

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Contact Information
Benham Abasht

Assistant Professor

Animal and Food Sciences
035 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-8876
Fax number: (302) 831-2822
Email: abasht@UDel.edu