Behzad Imanian

Research Assistant Professor, IFSH High-Throughput Sequencing, IIT


Office 300A, Bldg. 91, Moffett Campus





Whole Genome Sequencing
Evolutionary Biology


PhD in Botany
MS Genetics
BS in Cell Biology and Genetics


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Computational Biologist
Evolutionary Biologist


Symbiosis, parasitism, organelle evolution, bacterial evolution, tree of life


NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS D3)


B Imanian, JF Pombert, PJ Keeling. 2010. The complete plastid genomes of the two ‘dinotoms’ Durinskia baltica and Kryptoperidinium foliaceum. PloS one 5 (5), e10711.

E Portales-Casamar, DJ Swanson, L Liu, et. al. 2007. A regulatory toolbox of MiniPromoters to drive selective expression in the brain Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107 (38), 16589-16594.

B Imanian, PJ Keeling. 2007. The dinoflagellates Durinskia baltica and Kryptoperidinium foliaceum retain functionally overlapping mitochondria from two evolutionarily distinct lineages. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7 (1), 172.

B Imanian, KJ Carpenter, PJ Keeling. 2007. Mitochondrial genome of a tertiary endosymbiont retains genes for electron transport proteins. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 54 (2), 146-153.

B Imanian, JF Pombert, RG Dorrell, F Burki, PJ Keeling. 2012. Tertiary endosymbiosis in two dinotoms has generated little change in the mitochondrial genomes of their dinoflagellate hosts and diatom endosymbionts. PloS one 7 (8), e43763.

F Burki, B Imanian, E Hehenberger, Y Hirakawa, S Maruyama, PJ Keeling. 2014. Endosymbiotic gene transfer in tertiary plastid-containing dinoflagellates. Eukaryotic cell 13 (2), 246-255.

ND Sherry, B Imanian, K Sugimoto, PW Boyd, PJ Harrison. 2002. Seasonal and interannual trends in heterotrophic bacterial processes between 1995 and 1999 in the subarctic NE Pacific. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 49 (24), 5775-5791.

E Hehenberger, B Imanian, F Burki, PJ Keeling. 2014. Evidence for the retention of two evolutionary distinct plastids in dinoflagellates with diatom endosymbionts. 2014. Genome biology and evolution 6 (9), 2321-2334.

B Imanian, PJ Keeling. 2014. Horizontal gene transfer and redundancy of tryptophan biosynthetic enzymes in dinotoms. Genome biology and evolution 6 (2), 333-343.