Forough Ataollahi

Research interests

  • Animal health and welfare
  • Improvement of immune system by nutrition optimisations
  • Animal immunity and physiology
  • Gene diversity and expression in animal health and disease


Forough Ataollahi joined NSW DPI at the start of 2019 as a Research Officer in Animal Health and Welfare. She has a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Iran and a Master of Biomedical Science (Tissue Engineering) from Malaysia.

Prior to her appointment with DPI, Forough spent 3 years at Charles Sturt University (CSU) as PhD student. She developed a range of experiences in animal health, animal nutrition, animal physiology and immunology and also animal genetic where she had produced a number of publications.

Beside her education, Forough was heavily engaged with the society and worked as National Women’s Officer for Council of International Students Australia (CISA) as a national peak body for all international students studying in Australia. Her role in this position was to advocate for the interest and needs of female international students, advocate for high quality education for female international students, promote cross-cultural awareness and interaction in Australia and create and conduct national student surveys to understand more about needs of female International students.

Due to her commitment to her study and her social engagement, she won many awards: 2018 NSW International Student of the Year from NSW government, Student Leader Value from Charles Sturt University, Writing-Up Award from Charles Sturt University and Outstanding Media Coverage and Research Promotion Student Award from Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovations.


  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) – Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran) - 2011
  • M.Sc. Biomedical Science (Tissue Engineering) – University of Malaya (Malaysia) - 2015
  • PhD Animal Physiology – Charles Sturt University (Australia) - 2019

Current projects

  • Effect of Calcium and magnesium supplementation on boosting the immune response in ewes and their offspring.
  • Evaluating the expression level of energy regulating genes in pregnant and lactating ewes

Recent publications

Forough Ataollahi, Michael Friend, Shawn McGrath, Geoff Dutton & Andrew Peters and Marie Bhanugopan. (2018). Effect of Calcium and Magnesium Supplementation on Minerals Profile, Immune Responses and Energy Profile of Ewes and their Lambs. Journal of Livestock Science, 217, 167-173.

Forough Ataollahi, Mehrdad Mohri, Hesam A. Seifi, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy, Wan Abu Bakar Wan Abas, & Noor Azuan Abu Osman. (2013). Evaluation of Copper Concentration in Subclinical Cases of White Muscle Disease and its Relationship with Cardiac Troponin I. PlosONE, 8(2).

Forough Ataollahi, Mehrdad Mohri, & Hesam. A. Seifi. (2013). Diagnostic Value of Cardiac Troponin I (cTnI), Creatine Kinase (CK), and Aspartate Amino Transferase (AST) in Selenium Deficiency in Lambs. Revue de Médecine Vétérinaire, 164(4), 207-211.

Forough Ataollahi, Sumit Pramanik, Ali Moradi, Adel Dalilottojari, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy, Wan Abu Bakar Wan Abas, & Noor Azuan Abu Osman. (2014). Endothelial Cell Responses in Terms of Adhesion, Proliferation, and Morphology to Stiffness of Polydimethylsiloxane Elastomer Substrates. Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, 103 (7), 2203-2213.

Forough Ataollahi, Belinda Pingguan- Murphy, Ali Moradi, Wan Abu Bakar Wan Abas, Kien Hui Chua, & Osman, Noor Azuan Abu. (2014). New Method for the Isolation of Endothelial Cells from Large Vessels. Cytotherapy, 16(8), 1145–1152.

Ali Moradi, Sumit Pramanik, Forough Ataollahi, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy, & Kamarul Tanku. (2015). Chondrogenic Potential of Bovine Cartilage Matrix Derived Porous Scaffolds on Human Dermal Fibroblast Cells. Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, 104(1), 245-56.

Sumit Pramanik, Forough Ataollahi, Pingguan-Murphy, Belinda, & Osman, Noor Azuan Abu. (2015). In Vitro Study of Surface Modified Poly(ethylene glycol)-Impregnated Sintered Bovine Bone Scaffolds on Human Fibroblast Cells. Scientific Reports, 5.

Ali Moradi, Sumit Pramanik, Forough Ataollahi, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy, & Kamarul Tanku. (2014). Archimedes Revisited: Computer Assisted Microvolumetric Modification of Liquid Displacement Method for Porosity Measurement of Highly Porous Light Materials. Analytical Methods, 6, 4396-4401.

Ali Moradi, Sumit Pramanik, Forough Ataollahi, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy, &Kamarul Tanku. (2014). A Comparison Study of Different Physicaltreatments on Cartilage Matrix Derived Porous Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering Applications. Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, 15(6).

Fields of research

  • 070204 Animal Nutrition
  • 070202 Animal Growth and Development

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Animal Health
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Immunology
  • Animal Husbandry

Contact details

Wagga Wagga Agricultural Research Institute
Pine Gully Road
Wagga Wagga NSW 2678