Professor Waleed Al-Murrani

Professor Waleed Al-Murrani


School of Biological Sciences (Faculty of Science & Environment)


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

Consultation in biostatistics, population and quantitative genetics; counselling Iraqi studentsĀ 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.
Site: www.profmurrani.netĀ 

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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