Since July 2018 I have been leading the Laboratory of the Physics of Biological Systems at the Institute of Physics at EPFL.
Before that, I spent a year as a visiting scholar in the Department of Physics at Harvard University working with Prof. Aravi Samuel. Previously, as an independent Fellow at The Rockefeller University, I made a transition from theoretical physics to the intersection of biology and physics, pursuing theory and experiments in collaboration with Prof. Fred Cross. In my graduate training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD physics, 2010), I conducted theoretical research on quantum fluctuation (Casimir) forces with Profs. Mehran Kardar (adviser) and Robert Jaffe (co-adviser). Before going to MIT, as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania (BA, MS, 2005), I worked with biophysicist Prof. Kim Sharp. During my college years I also spent a few summers in Germany, where I worked with Dr. Volkhard Helms at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysik and took classes at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main (Vordiplom mathematics, 2003). Before leaving for college I completed my schooling in Germany and lived in Paris, France as a child. I was born in Tehran, Iran, where my parents come from as well. In addition to science, I enjoy sports and music. |

## Curriculum Vitae

EPFL

– Assistant Professor

– 2018-

Harvard University

– Visiting Scholar

– 2017-2018

The Rockefeller University

– Fellow

– 2010-2017

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

– PhD, Department of Physics

– 2005-2010

University of Pennsylvania

– BA, MS

– 2001-2005

Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany

– Vordiplom Mathematics

– 2002-2003

Gymnasium Oberursel, Germany

– Abitur

– 2001

The Rockefeller University

– NIH T32 Training Grant 2014-2017

– Merck Fellowship 2013-2014

– Fellowship, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology 2010-2013

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

– Graduate Fellow, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, Fall 2008

– MIT-France Travel Grant, Summer 2008

– Lester Wolfe fellowship 2005-2006

University of Pennsylvania

– Phi Beta Kappa

– Second Place, Class of 1880 Mathematics Competition

– Mathematics Undergraduate Research Prize 2005

– Rose Undergraduate Research Award 2005

– William E. Stephens Memorial Prize 2004-2005 (Undergraduate research prize, Department of Physics and Astronomy)

– Rose Fund Award 2002-2003

– University Scholar

– Vagelos Scholar in Molecular Life Sciences

57. Using dynamical stimuli to discriminate network topologies

Kardar-Fest, in celebration of Prof. Mehran Kardar’s 60th birthday

Jun. 2018, contributed talk

56. Using dynamics to investigate cell cycle control

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Yeast Systems Biology Group Meeting

May 2018, invited talk

55. Using dynamical stimuli to differentiate network topologies

Harvard Medical School, Theory Lunch

Apr. 2018, invited talk

54. Oscillatory stimuli differentiate adapting circuit topologies

International Conference on Systems Biology, Blacksburg, Virginia

Aug. 2017, contributed talk

53. Using oscillations to elucidate cell cycle control and signal processing

q-bio Conference, Rutgers University

Jul. 2017, invited talk

52. Dynamics: Challenge and tool for understanding living systems

Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried

Apr. 2017, invited talk

51. Dynamics: Challenge and tool for understanding living systems

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Department of Physics

Mar. 2017, invited talk

50. Dynamics: Challenge and tool for understanding living systems

Yale University, Systems Biology Institute and Department of Physics

Mar. 2017, invited talk

49. Oscillatory stimuli resolve fundamental circuit topologies for adaptation

Systems Biology Conference, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Feb. 2017, contributed talk

48. Dynamics: Challenge and tool for understanding living systems

Johns Hopkins University, Departments of Physics and Biophysics

Feb. 2017, invited talk

47. Dynamics: Challenge and tool for understanding living systems

Rutgers University, Quantitative Biology Seminar

Feb. 2017, invited talk

46. Dynamics: Challenge and tool for understanding living systems

Princeton University, Biophysics Seminar

Feb. 2017, invited talk

45. Dynamics: Challenge and tool for understanding living systems

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Department of Physics

Feb. 2017, invited talk

44. Dynamics: Challenge and tool for understanding living systems

Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Physics

Jan. 2017, invited talk

43. Using dynamics to elucidate biological systems

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biophysics Seminar

Nov. 2016, invited talk

42. How many clocks control the cell cycle?

International Conference on Systems Biology, Barcelona

Sep. 2016, contributed talk

41. Using dynamics to elucidate biological systems

University of Zurich, Biophysics Symposium

Jun. 2016, invited talk

40. Identifying negative feedback loops by their dynamics

Anderson Cancer Center Retreat, The Rockefeller University

Apr. 2015, contributed talk

39. Timed, pulsatile termination signal for mitosis in halted cell cycles

Cell Cycle Conference, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

May 2014, contributed talk

38. Transcription in halted cell cycles

Anderson Cancer Center Retreat, The Rockefeller University

Apr. 2014, contributed talk

37. Using timing to elucidate signaling pathways and cell cycle control

The Rockefeller University, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology

Sep. 2013, invited talk

36. Using dynamics to identify network topologies

International Conference on Systems Biology, Copenhagen

Aug. 2013, poster

35. Using dynamics to identify network topology

APS March Meeting, Baltimore

Mar. 2013, contributed talk

34. Optimal cell cycle checkpoint decisions

108th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University

Dec. 2012, contributed talk

33. Biochemical “FM radio” receivers

Harvard Medical School, Theory Lunch

Dec. 2012, invited talk

32. Characterizing biological adaptive circuits by their frequency-detection properties

Harvard Medical School, Galit Lahav lab group meeting

Jul. 2012, invited talk

31. Biochemical “FM radio” receivers

Systems Biology Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Mar. 2012, poster

30. Characterizing biological frequency-detection circuits by their dynamical properties

Institute for Advanced Study, The Simons Center for Systems Biology

Jan. 2012, chalk talk

29. Biochemical “FM radio” receivers

106th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University

Dec. 2011, contributed talk

28. Casimir interaction of an object with a cavity

103rd Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University

May 2010, contributed talk

27. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Casimir, van der Waals and nanoscale interactions school

École de Physique des Houches

Apr. 2010, invited talk

26. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Third Annual Greater Boston Area Quantum Matter Meeting

Apr. 2010, contributed talk

25. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

UC San Francisco, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Mar. 2010, invited talk

24. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

UC San Diego, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics

Mar. 2010, invited talk

23. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics

Mar. 2010, contributed graduate student lunch talk

22. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Virginia Tech, Department of Physics

Mar. 2010, invited talk

21. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

The Rockefeller University, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology

Feb. 2010, invited talk

20. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Northeastern University, Center for Complex Network Research

Feb. 2010, invited talk

19. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

University of Geneva, Département de Physique de la Matière Condensée

Feb. 2010, invited talk

18. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Physics

Feb. 2010, invited talk

17. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Yale University, Condensed Matter Theory Group

Jan. 2010, invited talk

16. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

ICTP, Trieste

Jan. 2010, invited talk

15. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Université Paris-Sud, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques

Jan. 2010, seminar

14. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Technische Universität München, Faculty of Physics

Jan. 2010, invited talk

13. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Center for Theoretical Physics

Jan. 2010, invited talk

12. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart

Jan. 2010, invited talk

11. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Universität Heidelberg, Institute for Theoretical Physics

Jan. 2010, invited talk

10. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden

Jan. 2010, invited talk

9. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam

Jan. 2010, invited talk

8. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Jan. 2010, invited talk

7. Scattering Theory Approach to Electrodynamic Casimir Forces

102nd Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University

Dec. 2009, contributed talk

6. Melting of Persistent Double-Stranded Polymers

Symposium “Trajectories and Friends” in celebration of Prof. Nihat Berker’s 60th birthday

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics

Oct. 2009, invited short talk

5. A General Formulation for the Casimir Energy and its Practical Application

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara

Nov. 2008, invited talk

Recording

4. Nonmonotonic effects of parallel sidewalls on Casimir forces between cylinders

Université Paris-Sud, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques

Jun. 2008, seminar

3. Melting of Persistent Double-Stranded Polymers

99th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University

May 2008, contributed talk

2. Prediction of Transcription Factor Specificity Using All-Atom Models

97th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University

May 2007, contributed talk

1. Mapping Complicated (Protein) Surfaces onto a Sphere

95th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University

May 2006, contributed talk