Principal 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 engineering of proteins and DNA new bio-inspired 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.