National Research Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

Also Known As: 

National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

Weapon Program: 

  • Chemical
  • Biological


- P.O. Box 14155-6463, Tehran
- Pajoohesh Blvd. Tehran-Karaj Highway, 17th Km., Tehran
- Chitgar, 17 km northwest of Tehran (Main Campus)
- Shahrak-e Pajoohesh, Km 15, Karaj Highway, Tehran, Iran
- P.O. Box 14965/161, Tehran, Iran


(+98) 21 44580301-27, (+98) 21 44580396, (+98) 21 44580398


(+98) 21 44580399

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Listed by the British government in 2008 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement, and has had export licenses both granted and denied by that government; listed by the Japanese government in 2007 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to biological and chemical weapons, but has not been relisted subsequently; listed by the German government, in 2005 warnings supplied to industry, as an entity involved in procurement activities for dual-use biotechnology equipment.

Established in 1989 under the supervision of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology; state-operated research center specializing in advanced molecular biology and biotechnology; provides advanced training and education programs for scientists and students from other universities and academic institutions; maintains research departments in plant biotechnology, medical biotechnology, immunology, animal biotechnology, industrial and environmental biotechnology and basic sciences; industrial and biotechnology laboratories are equipped with electrophoresis, centrifuges, spectrophotometer, ultra filtration, homogenizer, and chromatography columns; since 2005, headed by Abbas Sahebghadam Lotfi, Ph.D.

Date Entered: 

August 27, 2008

Date Last Modified: 

August 27, 2008