Mohammad Reza Naghavi joined the College of the Agricultural & Natural Resources, University of Tehran (UT) in 2000 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and Professor in 2008. He served as the Director of the Science and Engineering Faculty from 2011 to 2013 and has served as the Dean of Science and Technology of the Agricultural & Natural Resources College at UT since 2014.
He has received almost every top award including National, University and College Merit Credit Awards for Innovative Teaching and Research Activities (2000, 2001, 2009, 2013 and 2014). He also received some awards for presentation and participation in National and International conferences (2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014). In 2014, he received a grant from European Commission mobility program at the University of Warsaw. In addition, he was elected as one of the top researchers at the University of Tehran in 2014.
His main research interests include plant diversity, metabolic engineering in plant and population genetics. He has received more than eight research grants from industry, foundations, and state and he has used such funding to support research of many undergraduate students. More than 40 undergraduate students have participated in his researches. In order to conserve plant germplasm, he has collected some usefulgermplasm from different part of Iran. To give his work the maximum possible impact and application, he has collaborated with a wide range of professionals involved in the issues he study. He has given more than 15 research presentations in several different countries, 5 of which were “Invited Talks”. In addition, more than 20 of his undergraduate students in the past have made oral presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.