Ramin Farhad

Ramin Farhad
DDS/PhD
Entered Program: 2017
Thesis Advisor: Aaron Tward, MD, PhD

Ramin Farhad

Ramin grew up in Iran and immigrated with his family to Irvine, California, as a teenager. He attended California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where he double-majored in cell and developmental biology and music and pursued minors in chemistry and psychology. As an undergraduate student, Ramin was the recipient of four research scholarships and conducted research in the U.S., Argentina, and Thailand over a three-year period. Meanwhile, Ramin was also focusing heavily on music and was selected as a performing artist of the year by the piano department at the CSUF School of Music for two consecutive years and gave many public lecture performances of works by various classical composers. Thereafter, Ramin began his graduate studies at UCSF and is currently undertaking his PhD project in the laboratory of Dr. Aaron Tward. He is investigating the significance of specific chromosomal aberrations commonly observed in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. In his spare time, Ramin regularly attends classical music concerts, teaches piano, and enjoys exploring new ethnic food.