Professor Waleed Al-Murrani

Professor Waleed Al-Murrani


School of Biological Sciences (Faculty of Science & Environment)


International postgraduate student recruitment from Iraq including Kurdistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya and other Arab States.

Consultation in biostatistics, population and quantitative genetics; counselling Iraqi students at the School of Biological Sciences, School of Biomedical and Helth care sciences.

Working with the Graduate School and The International Office in establishing cooperation with countries/universities abroad.


PhD quantitative genetics, Edinburgh University (1970/73)
Research diploma in Wool Science, Bradford University (1966/67)
BVM&S Veterinary Sciences, Baghdad University 1961
Professor of genetics and biostatistics, college of Veterinary Medicine, Baghdad University.
Professor of genetics and biostatistics, Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Baghdad University.
Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Plymouth University.

Professional membership

- The Iraqi Society of Veterinary Medicine
- The Iraqi Association of poultry breeders
-The Iraqi Association of Translators.

Teaching interests

Postgraduate teaching in quantitative, population genetics and biomedical statistics.
Some teaching in transgenesis (animal).

Research interests

Quantitative and qualitative traits inheritance.
Population genetics studies.
Agricultural developments.
Genetic resistance to stress including disease.
Identification of genetic markers for stress and disease resistance.
Use of selection to establish genetically resistant lines for green production.
Working on different models and species.
Mutations associated with some inherited diseases: Thalassemia; G6PD; dental caries.
Problems in sampling and sample size.

Other research

Some human genetic of inherited diseases; cancer research.
Animal and poultry production.
Genetic isolation and gene diversity.

1. Limits to artificial selection. ABA 42:587-592 (1974).
2. Genetic variation in a line of mice selected to its limits for high body weight. British J. of Animal Production. 19:273-289 (1974).
3. Maternal effects on embryonic and post-embryonic growth in Poultry. British Poultry Science, 19:277-281 (1978).
4.Effect of injecting amino acids into the egg on embryonic and subsequent growth in domestic fowls. British Poultry Science. 23:171-174 (1982).
5.The Heterophil/Lymphocyte ratio as a selection criterion for heat resistance in fowls. British Poultry Science. 38, No.2:150-163 (1997).
6. The Neutrophil/Lymphocyte ratio as an indicator and selection criterion for winter and summer stress in sheep. Iraqi J. of Agriculture, Vol.5 No.4:133-143 (2000).
7. Genetic resistance to S. typhimurium in two lines of chickens selected on the bases of H/L into Resistant and sensitive. British Poultry Science. 43, No. 4:501-507 (2002).
8. Association between H/L ratio, a marker of resistance to stress and some production and fitness traits in chickens. British Poultry Science. 47, No. 4: 443-448 (2006).
9. The effect of feed restriction on some physiological traits in pure lines of chickens selected into resistant and sensitive on the bases ofH/L ratio. Under publication (2006).
10. Problems os sampling in epidemiological and animal surveillance studies. USA CRDF seminar on: Infectious diseases, zoonosis and disease surveillance in Iraq. July 16-20 (2006), Amman, Jordan.
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11. Molecular detection of some mutations associated with B-thalassaemia in Iraq. Z. Al-Asadi, W.K. Al-Murrani, Norrya Ali, A. Al-Zaag, M. Houshmand. Karbala Journal of Medicine (Iraq) Vol 2, No. 2-5, June 2008.
12. Haematological study of B-thalassaemia among Iraqi population. Z. Jeddoa, w. k. Al-Murrani, Norrya Ali, A. Al-Zaag. Iraqi J. of Biotechnology. Vol 7, No.2, 2008.
13. Geographical and demographical distribution of B-thalassaemia among Iraqi population. Norrya Ali, Waleed Al-Murrani, Zuhair Jeddoa, Ali Al-Zaag. Iraqi J. of Biotechnology, Vol 8, No.2, 2008.
14. Human leukocytes antigen association with brain astrocytic tumors detected by genomic DNA typing. Ammira Al-Shabeeb, Layla Mehdi, Nidhal Muhaymen, Waleed Al-Murrani and S. AlWitry. Sydney Cancer Conference, 24-24 JUly 2008, University of Sydney, Australia.
15.Genetic alterations of P53 in brain Astrocytoma. Al-Shabeeb Ammira,Mahdi Layla, Muhaymen Nidhal, Al-Murrani Waleed and Al-Witry Saad. The 7th Australian Mutation Detection Workshop, 29 July -1 August 2008. Broome, Western Australia.
16. Objective measurement of makerel (Scomber scombrus) fish freshness stored in ice at chilled and ambient temperature. Banja B., Bradley G., Al-Murrani, W. K. Kuri, V. EFFoST/EHEDG Conference on food- New options for the Industry. Elsevier, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008.
17. Effect of storage on colour on colour and texture of Mackerel (scomber scombrus) fish stored in ice. Banja, B., B. Bradley, Al-Murrani, w. K., Kuri, V.. 1st International Congress of Seafood Technolgy (ICST 2008), Turkey, Izmir 18-21 May 2008.
18. Microbiological, chemical and sensory quality of Mackerel fish during iced storage. B. Banja, G. Bradley, W. Al-Murrani, V. Kuri.South-West and South Wales Microbiology Forum. 24th September 2009, Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter.
19. Probiotic bacterial strains differentially modulate macrophage cytokine production in a strain-dependent and cell subset specific manner. N. Habil, W. Al-Murrani, J. Beal and A. D. Foey. Benificial microbes, December 2011; 2(4): 283-293.
20. Vitamin D intake and other risk factors for Vitamin D insufficiency in Middle Eastern poeple living in UK: A comparison of cultural and ethnic groups. Wassan A Ahmed, Waleed Al-Murrani, Victor Kuri, and Gail Rees. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 52:191-202, 2013.
21. Underreporting of energy intake in Iraqi people living in UK according to body weight. Wassan A Ahmed, Waleed Al-Murrani, Gail Rees. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 2012, 3,***-***.

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Short CV

Professor Waleed Al-Murrani

BVM & S, Research Dip (Bradford University), PhD (Edinburgh University)

Born in Maysan/Iraq

Graduated from the University of Baghdad (BVM & S) in 1961 and obtained Research Diploma in Wool Science from Bradford University in UK, 1967; and, Pre-PhD Diploma in Genetics and Biostatistics and PhD (Quantitative and Population Genetics) from Edinburgh University, UK in 1973. Currently and from 2006/07, he is a Professor at the School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, and working with the Graduate School and Academic Partnership and International Office of Plymouth University to recruit and support postgraduate students from all Arab states, particularly, Iraq and Kurdistan, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria and other Arab states and to establish academic relations with Ministries of Higher Education and Universities in the region.

His dynamic scientific career spans over more than 45 years, during which he has held various lead positions within academic, technical, regional and international developmental institutions. He was a Head of Department for over 20 years and the professor of Genetics and Biostatistics at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology for Higher Studies/ Baghdad University. He supervised many graduate students at the diploma, MSc and PhD levels. He retired from Baghdad University, in 2006.

As an administrator, Professor Murrani served as Director of Higher Studies and Scientific Affairs and a member of the University of Baghdad Scientific Committee and on many occasions he was Deputy President of Baghdad University (1986-1990); also he was a permanent member of Agricultural development programmes at the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Industry in Iraq.

Regionally, Professor Murrani served as the Technical Advisor to the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD from 1982-1986), part of the Arab League, at its headquarters in Sudan.  He worked as a consultant for International Organizations including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in Holland.

Professor Murrani has published extensively (more than 100 publications) in International, regional and local scientific reviewed journals and has authored and translated books and book chapters on genetics and biostatistics; he is still actively involved in publication in international journals. He is an editor of many scientific journals in Iraq and the International Science and Technology Journal which is published from Jordan. He is an accredited member of the Iraqi Translators’ Association (ITA).

Professor Murrani is also the honorary Executive Director of the International Operations of Babylon BioConsulting/USA. He was listed in “Who’s Who in the World” since 2007 and in the “Biographic Dictionary/Cambridge, since 2008; and was nominated in 2010 for the United Cultural Convention International Peace Prize. He was a holder of the 1st Class Iraqi Scientists Awards for the years 2001-2002.





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