Born in 1979. Since 1.1.2019 director of the DFG funded project „Southern Caspian Corridor, a Biogeographical Hominin Expansion Route“.
1996-1999 B.A. in Persian literature and teaching, Shahi, Iran. 2000-2004 B.A. in English literature and teaching, Kharazmi, University Teheran, Iran. 2001-2004 Research assistant in “Centre for Palaeolithic Research”, National Museum of Iran. 1999-2004 qualified English teacher in high schools of Iran. 2004-2010 PhD. in the University of Tübingen on the Upper Palaeolithic of Iran. 2013-2014 Postdoc research fellow at the Institute for Prehistory, University of Tübingen. 2015 Research assistant in DAI (German Archaeological Institute) Berlin. 2016-2018 Postdoc research fellow at “Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge”.
Upper Palaeolithic Raw Material Economy in the Southern Zagros Mountains of Iran. Elham Ghasidian and Saman Heydari-Guran. In Nishiaki, Akazawa and Aoki eds. Dynamics of Learning in Neanderthals and Modern Humans Volume 2. Springer (2018): 157-174.
Excavations at Ghār-e Boof in the Fars Province of Iran and its bearing on models for the evolution of the Upper Palaeolithic in the Zagros Mountains. Elham Ghasidian, Knut Bretzke and Nicholas J. Conard. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology Vol 47 (2017): 33–49.
The MUP Zagros Project: tracking the Middle–Upper Palaeolithic transition in the Kermanshah region, west-central Zagros, Iran. Saman Heydari-Guran and Elham Ghasidian. Antiquity 91 (355) (2017) project gallery.
Middle Palaeolithic settlement on the Iranian Central Plateau. Saman Heydari-Guran, Elham Ghasidian and Nicholas J. Conard. In Nicholas J. Conard and Anne Delagnes eds. Settlement Dynamics of the Middle Palaeolithic and Middle Stone Age, Volume IV. Kerns Verlag. Tübingen, Germany (2015): pp. 171-203.
Early Upper Palaeolithic occupation at the Ghār-e Boof Cave, a reconstruction of cultural traditions in Southern Zagros Mountains of Iran. Elham Ghasidian. Kerns Verlag, Tübingen, 2014.
The Palaeolithic of Iran. Nicholas J. Conard, Elham Ghasidian and Saman Heydari-Guran. In Daniel T. Potts ed. The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran. New York: Oxford University Press (2013): pp. 29-48.
The Rostamian cultural group and the taxonomy of the Iranian Upper Palaeolithic. Nicholas J. Conard and Elham Ghasidian. In N.J. Conard, P. Drechsler and A. Morales eds. Between sand and sea, the archaeology and human ecology of South-western Asia. Kerns Verlag. Tübingen, Germany. (2011): pp. 33-52.
Palaeolithic survey in Arisman region; western Central Iranian Plateau. Saman Heydari-Guran and Elham Ghasidian. In A. Vatandoust, H. Parzinger and B. Helwing eds. Early mining and metallurgy on the Western Central Iranian Plateau. Archäologie in Iran und Touran Band 9, Verlag Philip Von Zebern. Mainz, Germany (2011): pp. 484-498.
Late Palaeolithic Blade Production in the Basht Region of the Southwestern Zagros, Iran. Elham Ghasidian, Ahmad Azadi, Saman Heydari and Nicholas J. Conard. In M. Otte, F. Biglari and J. Jaubert eds. Iran Palaeolithic / Le Paléolithique d’Iran. BAR International series (2009): pp. 125-140.
Palaeolithic Sites on Travertine and Tufa Formations in Iran. Saman Heydari, Elham Ghasidian and Nicholas J. Conard. In M. Otte, F. Biglari and J. Jaubert eds. Iran Palaeolithic / Le Paléolithique d’Iran. BAR International series (2009): pp. 109-124.