As an independent Fellow at The Rockefeller University, I made a transition from theoretical physics to the intersection of biology and physics where I have been developing theory and conducting experiments. This was facilitated by working closely with Prof. Fred Cross.
In June 2010, I graduated with a PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; my adviser was Prof. Mehran Kardar and my co-adviser Prof. Robert Jaffe. Before going to MIT I had the opportunity to conduct research with two biophysicists. When I was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania (BA, MS, 2005) I worked with Prof. Kim Sharp. During my college years I 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.
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.
I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York and I enjoy sports, music, and the arts apart from science and mathematics. Here is a picture of me, taken in November 2009 at MIT: