|2003||B.Sc. in Biotechnology, University of Tehran|
|2006||M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor|
M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
|2011||Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor|
I was born in Urmia, Iran in 1981. After finishing high school, I moved to Tehran to attend the prestigious Direct PhD Program of Biotechnology at College of Science, University of Tehran. This interdisciplinary program admits 10-14 students annually and directly leads to a Ph.D. degree though Bachelor's and Master's degrees are awarded at intermittent stages of the program. Admission is competitive and is confined to the medal awardees of national and international scientific olympiads, and the 0.01 % top percentile of the nationwide entrance exam for colleges and university in Iran (known as Konkoor). The curriculum is also very diverse and spans a wide range of courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and chemical engineering, in order to train students for interdisciplinary scholarly research.
In 2003, I received my Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology at the top of my class, and started my graduate studies in the area of Bioprocess Engineering. In 2005, I quit the Biotechnology program after being admitted to the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There I had the opportunity to join Prof. Sharon C. Glotzer's Group where I studied entropy-driven self-assembly of hard nano- and colloidal particles using molecular simulation. I defended my doctoral dissertation "Thermodynamics of the Hard Tetrahedron System" in November 2011. I then moved to Princeton to join Prof. Pablo G. Debenedetti's group as a postdoctoral researcher.
Over the last ten years, my main area of research has been the application of modern theoretical and computational tools rooted in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics to study systems that undergo phase transition, including crystallization. You can learn more about my research, and my current and past projects by going to my research page.