UCSF Urology recently welcomed a talented new faculty member, Hani Goodarzi, PhD, who holds a joint appointment as assistant professor in the Departments of Urology and Biochemistry & Biophysics. Goodarzi will work with the team headed by Davide Ruggero, PhD, on molecular mechanisms that control tumor formation.
Goodarzi was previously an Anderson Cancer Center postdoctoral fellow in cancer genomics in the Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology at Rockefeller University. He received his PhD in molecular biology from Princeton University in 2010, and a BSc in biotechnology from University of Tehran in 2006.
Currently, he studies post-transcriptional regulatory phenomena that govern cancer progression. In particular, he is interested in applying systems-level experimental and computational methods to uncover the genetic basis of cancer.
In pursuing his training, Goodarzi has won a number of honors and awards, including the Blavatnik Regional Award and Tri-Institutional Breakout Prize for Junior Investigators (2015), an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (2015), and a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (2014). While earning his undergraduate degree, he was named among the top undergraduate researchers at the University of Tehran.
Says Goodarzi, "I am delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside the world-class scientists at UCSF, some of whom are my longtime heroes, to tackle exciting and impactful biological and medical problems.”