PD Dr. Saber Qanbari

+49 38208 68-902
Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie (FBN)
Institut für Genetik und Biometrie
Abteilung Statistische Methoden in der Genomik
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf


  • My research focuses on genetics of animal populations. In particular, I am exploring how population genetic approaches can contribute to finding genes underwent past selection in the course of domestication.
  • I also study recombination and currently am involved in building up a high resolution joint physical & genetic map of cattle.


  • 2019-present: Scientist, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) – Dummerstorf, Germany
  • 2018-2019: Scientist, Department of Animal Biotechnology-ABRII
  • 2010-2017: Scientist, University of Göttingen-Germany
  • 2016: Visiting scientist at the Biomedicinska Centrum (BMC), Uppsala-Sweden
  • 2014: Visiting scientist at the Population Genetics School, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna-Austria
  • 2012-2013: Visiting scientist at the University of Berkeley, California-USA
  • 2011: Visiting scientist at the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh-UK
  • 2009: Visiting student at the University of Guelph, Ontario-CANADA
  • 2003-2007: Academic staff, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zanjan-IRAN.


  • Advanced Statistical Genetics in Livestock, Post-graduate course, University of Göttingen


Qanbari, S. (2020):
On the extent of linkage disequilibrium in the genome of farm animals. Front Genet 10 (1304): 1304, 1-11
Talebi, R.; Seighalani, R.; Qanbari, S. (2019):
A handmade DNA extraction kit using laundry powder, insights on simplicity, cost-efficiency, rapidity, safety and the quality of purified DNA. Anim Biotechnol 30 (1-4): 1-7
Qanbari, S.; Rubin, C. J.; Maqbool, K.; Weigend, S.; Weigend, A.; Geibel, J.; Kerje, S.; Wurmser, C.; Peterson, A. T.; Brisbi, I. L.; Preisinger, R.; Fries, R.; Simianer, H.; Andersson, L. (2019):
Genetics of adaptation in modern chicken. PLoS Genet. 15: e1007989
Majd, S. A.; Ahmadi, A.; Talebi, R.; Koohi, P. M.; Fabre, S.; Qanbari, S. (2019):
Polymorphism identification in ovine KISS1R/GPR54 gene among pure and crossbreeds of Iranian sheep. Small Ruminant Research 173: 23-29
Cardoso, D. F.; de Albuquerque, L. G.; Reimer, C.; Qanbari, S.; Erbe, M.; do Nascimento, A. V.; Venturini, G. C.; Scalez, D. C. B.; Baldi, F.; de Camargo, G. M. F.; Mercadante, M. E. Z.; Cyrillo, J. N. D. G.; Simianer, H.; Tonhati, H. (2018):
Genome-wide scan reveals population stratification and footprints of recent selection in Nelore cattle. Genet. Sel. Evol. 50: Artn 22
Szyda, J.; Suchocki, T.; Qanbari, S.; Liu, Z. T.; Simianer, H. (2017):
Assessing the degree of stratification between closely related Holstein-Friesian populations. J. Appl. Genet. 58: 521-526
Qanbari, S.; Seidel, M.; Strom, T. M.; Mayer, K. F. X.; Preisinger, R.; Simianer, H. (2015):
Parallel Selection Revealed by Population Sequencing in Chicken. Genome Biology and Evolution 7: 3299-3306
Ma, Y.; Ding, X.; Qanbari, S.; Weigend, S.; Zhang, Q.; Simianer, H. (2015):
Properties of different selection signature statistics and a new strategy for combining them. Heredity 115: 426-436
Tetens, J. L.; Qanbari, S.; Drogemuller, C.; Pimentel, E. C. G.; Bennewitz, J.; Thaller, G.; Tetens, J. (2014):
Bos indicus introgression into (peri-)alpine cattle breeds - evidence from the analysis of bovine whey protein variants. Anim. Genet. 45: 585-588
Qanbari, S.; Pausch, H.; Jansen, S.; Somel, M.; Strom, T. M.; Fries, R.; Nielsen, R.; Simianer, H. (2014):
Classic Selective Sweeps Revealed by Massive Sequencing in Cattle. PLoS Genet. 10: e1004148
Qanbari, S.; Simianer, H. (2014):
Mapping signatures of positive selection in the genome of livestock. Livestock Science 166: 133-143
Kranis, A.; Gheyas, A. A.; Boschiero, C.; Turner, F.; Yu, L.; Smith, S.; Talbot, R.; Pirani, A.; Brew, F.; Kaiser, P.; Hocking, P. M.; Fife, M.; Salmon, N.; Fulton, J.; Strom, T. M.; Haberer, G.; Weigend, S.; Preisinger, R.; Gholami, M.; Qanbari, S.; Simianer, H.; Watson, K. A.; Woolliams, J. A.; Burt, D. W. (2013):
Development of a high density 600K SNP genotyping array for chicken. BMC Genomics 14: Artn 59
Gallinat, J. L.; Qanbari, S.; Drogemuller, C.; Pimentel, E. C. G.; Thaller, G.; Tetens, J. (2013):
DNA-based identification of novel bovine casein gene variants. J. Dairy Sci. 96: 699-709
Gianola, D.; Qanbari, S.; Simianer, H. (2013):
An evaluation of a novel estimator of linkage disequilibrium. Heredity 111: 275-285
Qanbari, S.; Strom, T. M.; Haberer, G.; Weigend, S.; Gheyas, A. A.; Turner, F.; Burt, D. W.; Preisinger, R.; Gianola, D.; Simianer, H. (2012):
A High Resolution Genome-Wide Scan for Significant Selective Sweeps: An Application to Pooled Sequence Data in Laying Chickens. Plos One 7: e49525
Qanbari, S.; Gianola, D.; Hayes, B.; Schenkel, F.; Miller, S.; Moore, S.; Thaller, G.; Simianer, H. (2011):
Application of site and haplotype-frequency based approaches for detecting selection signatures in cattle. BMC Genomics 12: Artn 318
Qanbari, S.; Pimentel, E. C. G.; Tetens, J.; Thaller, G.; Lichtner, P.; Sharifi, A. R.; Simianer, H. (2010):
A genome-wide scan for signatures of recent selection in Holstein cattle. Anim. Genet. 41: 377-389
Qanbari, S.; Hansen, M.; Weigend, S.; Preisinger, R.; Simianer, H. (2010):
Linkage disequilibrium reveals different demographic history in egg laying chickens. BMC Genet. 11: Artn 103
Qanbari, S.; Pimentel, E. C. G.; Tetens, J.; Thaller, G.; Lichtner, P.; Sharifi, A. R.; Simianer, H. (2010):
The pattern of linkage disequilibrium in German Holstein cattle. Anim. Genet. 41: 346-356
Gianola, D.; Simianer, H.; Qanbari, S. (2010):
A two-step method for detecting selection signatures using genetic markers. Genetics Research 92: 141-155