Academic Title

Associate Professor, Biology

Additional Title

Director of the Mendel Greenhouse

Research Interests
  • Phytoremediation
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Natural Medicines
  • Environmental Biology
Research Summary

My research focuses on using plants to protect human health and restore environmental health through two main research foci. I am studying the potential of plants for removing contaminants from the environment, known as “Phytotechnology”. This project allows me to investigate physiological and molecular responses of plants exposed to specific, common environmental contaminants like PFAS and nanomaterials in order to determine their effectiveness and mechanism of action in removing these pollutants from the environment. My second research focus is in natural medicine. In particular, I am interested in investigating the anti-cancer potential of plant metabolites in cancer therapy. Currently, I am using two breast cancer cell lines to examine the antioxidative and anticancer potential of plant metabolites on cancerous cells.

  • Ph.D., Plant Physiology, Tarbiat Modares University
  • M.Sc., Plant Ecology, Shahid Bahonar University
  • B.Sc., Biology, Azad University
Areas of Expertise
  • Nanoparticles in Biological System
  • Phytoremediation
  • Plant-Biotic Interaction
  • Plant Immune Responses
  • Natural Medicine
Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Journals

Noori. A., Bharath, L., White, J.C. (2021). Type-specific impacts of Ag on the protein profile of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum). International Journal of Phytoremediation. https://doi.org/10.1080/15226514.2021.1919052

Han, R., Dai, H, Guo, B., Noori, A., Sun, W., Wei, S. (2021). The potential of Chinese medicine processing accessories as newly discovered plant source chelator in improving the remediation capacity of heavy metal contaminated soil by hyperaccumulator Solanum nigrum L. Ecotoxicology & Environmental Safety. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2021.112411

Ihtisham, M., Noori, A., Sarraf, M., Brestic, M., Imran, M., Jiang, F., Yan, X., Rastogi, A. (2021). Silver nanoparticles toxicological effects and phytoremediation-A review paper. Nanomaterials. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11092164

Sharifan, H., Noori, A., Bagheri, M., Moore, J.M. (2021). Postharvest spraying of zinc oxide nanoparticles enhances shelf life qualities and zinc concentration of tomato fruits. Crop & Pasture Science https://doi.org/10.1071/CP21191

Noori, A., Ngo, A., Gutierrez, P., Theberge, S., White, J.C. (2020). Silver nanoparticle detection and accumulation in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum). Journal of Nanoparticle Research. 22:131 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11051-020-04866-y

Dai, H., Wie, S., Noori, A. (2020). The mechanism of chelator improved the tolerance and accumulation of poplar to Cd explored through differential expression protein based on iTRAQ. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 393, 122370 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.122370

Huiping Dai, Shuhe Wei, Azam Noori (2020). The mechanism of chelator improved the tolerance and accumulation of poplar to Cd explored through differential expression protein based on iTRAQ. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 393 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.122370

Noori, A., Donnelly, T., Colbert, J., Cai, W., Newman, L., White, J. (2019). Exposure of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) to silver nanoparticles and silver nitrate: physiological and molecular response. International Journal of Phytoremediation. https://doi.org/10.1080/15226514.2019.1634000

Noori, A., White, J., Newman, L. (2017). Role of mycorrhizal fungi on silver uptake and membrane protein gene expression following Ag-NPs exposure. Journal of Nanoparticle Research. 19:66, 1-13.

Noori, A. Taghavi, S., van der Lelie, D., Cai, W., Newman, L. (2017). Elucidating mechanisms of biopesticide induced plant pathogen resistance for Bacillus species. Advances in Environmental Biology. 11(7): 14-25.

Noori, A., Zare Maivan, H., Alaie, E. Newman, L. (2015). Leucanthemum vulgare Lam. crude oil phytoremediation. International Journal of Phytoremediation.

Noori, A., Zare Maivan, H., Alaie, E. (2014). Leucanthemum vulgare Lam. germination, growth and mycorrhizal symbiosis under crude oil contamination. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 16:962–970.

Pourang, N., Noori, A. (2014). Heavy Metals Contamination in Soil, Surface Water and Groundwater of an Agricultural Area Adjacent to Tehran oil Refinery, Iran. International Journal of Environmental Research, 8(4): 841-886.

Khoyi, J.K., Farmohammadi, Noori, A.S., Padash, A. (2013). Bioremediation; A Nature-Based Approach Towards Having A Healthier Environment. Global Journal of Plant Ecophysiology, 3(2): 70-73.

Pourang, N., Noori, A. (2012). Assessment of metals in fourteen species of vegetables and crops cultivated in a suburban area using multivariate analyses. Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry, 94 (4): 694-712.

Noori, A.S., Zare Maivan, H., Alaie, E. (2012). Changes in total phenol and flavonoid contents in Chrysanthemum leucanthemum under crude oil contamination. Advances in Environmental Biology, 6(12): 3057-3064.

Khoyi, J.K., Noori, A.S. (2012). The survey on microorganisms’ role as TPH decomposers. Advances in Environmental Biology, 6(10): 2704-2708.

Khoiy, J.K., Noori, A.S., Pourang, N., Alizadeh, M., Ghoreishi, H., Padash, A. (2012). The survey on determining Ni, pb, Cu, Mn, Zn, Cd and V in vegetative in Tehran refinery area. Environmental researches, 6: 65-72 (In Persian).

Mohebali, S., Nasri, S., Kamalinajhad, M., Noori, A.S. (2011). Antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of Berberis vulgaris L., root’s hydroalcoholic extract and determination of it’s possible antinociceptive mechanism in male mice, Journal of paramedical Sciences, 2 (4): 12-18.

Noori, A.S., Kalantari Kh. M., Sharifi, M., Naseri, F., Tahernezhad, A. (2009), Mycorrhizal Status of some Dominance Plants in Kerman, Environmental sciences, 6 (2): 1-10 (In Persian).

Nouri, A.S., Manouchehri Kalantari Kh., Sharifi, M., Tahernezhad, A., Mirtaj aldinini, S.M., (2009). Study on copper and zinc content in soil and root of mycorrhizal plants in some areas in Kerman province. Iranian journal of Biology, 22(2): 237-248 (In Persian).


Noori, A. (2020). Plant Identification Guide for Beginners. iBook. Apple Bookstore

Noori, A., *DeSantis, A., *Cannistraro, J., *Kazzi, G., Wong, C.J., & Carlson, C. (2020). Field Guide to Merrimack College Native and Invasive Plant Species. iBook, Apple Bookstore.

Ehsanpour, A., Ghanati, F., Noori, A., Moradi, K. (2018). The Molecular Mechanisms of Plant Hormones. Isfahan University Press, pp 304. ISBN 9786001101502 (Book In Persian)

Khoyi, J., Noori, A. (2012). Phytoremediation, ACECR Sharif University Press. (In Persian).

Khoyi, J., Noori, A. (2012). Pharmaceutical waste management instruction, ACECR Sharif University Press (In Persian).

Recent Presented Papers at Conferences

Noori. A. (2021) The fate of silver nanoparticles in Lycopersicon esculentum. 9th International Congress on Biology, Iranian Biology Society. Guest speaker. Remote platform presentation.

Noori, A. (2020). The effects of nanoparticles on membrane transporters and oxidative enzymes. ASPB. Remote Poster Presentation.

Noori, A. (2019). Silver Nanoparticles Detection in Lycopersicon esculentum Tissues: Immunofluorescence Imaging, 16th International Phytotechnologies Conference, Changsha City, Hunan Province, China. Platform presentation.

Noori, A., Ngo, A., Gutierrez, P. (2019). Silver Nanoparticle Accumulation and Localization in Tomato Tissues. NE-ASPB Meeting, UNH, NH

Noori, A. (2018). Molecular and Physiological Responses of Solanum lycopersicum L. exposed to Silver Nanoparticles and Silver Nitrate. 15th International Phytotechnologies Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia. Platform presentation

Colbert, J., Ngo, A., Noori, A. (2018). Lycopersicon esculentum Physiological and Molecular Responses to AgNPs. NE-ASPB Meeting, Amherst, MA.

Donnelly, T., Colbert, J., Moore, M., Noori, A. (2017). Lycopersicon esculentum oxidative and antioxidative responses to Silver Nanoparticles. 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Moore, M., Colbert, J., Donnelly, T., Sheikh, A., Theberge, S., Noori, A. (2017). Salycilic acid quantification in Lycopersicon esculentum upon Exposure to Silver Nanoparticles. 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Colbert, J., Donnelly, T., Moore, M., Noori, A. (2017). Lycopersicon esculentum Molecular Responses to Silver Nanoparticles. 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Noori, A., Zare Maivan, H., Alaie, E. (2017). Flavonoids Content in Leucanthemum vulgare. Plant Biology Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hi.

Donnelly, T., Noori, A. (2017). The Impact of Silver Nanoparticles on Plant Physiological Responses. Plant Biology Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI.

Donnelly, T., Noori, A. (2017). Plant Growth and oxidative responses to silver nanoparticles. NE-ASPB Meeting, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Honors and Awards
  • Catalyst Fund, Merrimack College, 2021
  • Zampell Family Fellowship, Merrimack College 2019
  • SCURCA Fellowship, Merrimack College, 2018, 2019, & 2021
  • Davis Educational Foundation Grant, 2019
Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Associate, State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry