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Behzad Rad


Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Biological Nanostructures





Postdoctoral Fellow
Molecular Foundry Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

Ph.D. in Biophysics
University of California at Davis
Dissertation Title: “The Unwinding Mechanism of the E. coli RecQ helicase”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Stephen C. Kowalczykowski

Bachelor’s in Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California at Berkeley


Behzad’s interests focus on developing and adapting tools to study biological or biologically inspired nanostructures. In particular, he is active in projects that use spectroscopy and high-resolution microscopy to characterize biological molecules at the nanoscale. Additionally, Behzad is interested in developing via modification of proteins and DNA new materials.

In the Biological Nanostructures Facility, Behzad handles many of the instruments involved in work flows involving biological materials. He also manages the microscopes on the floor and enjoys developing novel imaging methods for different materials. Behzad is currently interfacing with the other facilities to create potentially useful collaboration for merging biology and materials science.