Ramin Farhad

Ramin Farhad
DDS/PhD
Entered Program: 2017
Thesis Advisor: Ralph Marcucio, PhD

Ramin Farhad

Born and raised in Kerman, Iran, Ramin immigrated with his family to Irvine, Calif., 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. His main research project was at the laboratory of Dr. Maria Linder at CSUF, where he sought to understand the mechanisms behind copper (Cu) transport in mammalian systems. His project was focused on investigating an unknown Cu uptake transporter in the plasma membrane of mouse embryonic fibroblasts, where he characterized the system kinetically using radioactive Cu as a tracer and attempted to isolate the transporter by means of protein crosslinking. 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 years in a row, and gave many public lecture performances of works by various classical composers. After graduation, Ramin decided to integrate his interests in scientific research and clinical practice by pursuing the DDS/PhD degree at UCSF and intends to become an academic dentist. He is interested in research that involves stem cells, regenerative medicine, and head and neck cancer. His goal as a clinician scientist is to advance the armamentarium in oral healthcare by focusing on research that is readily applicable to unmet needs in a clinical setting. In his spare time, Ramin regularly attends classical music concerts, teaches piano, and enjoys exploring new ethnic foods. His favorite classical composers are Frédéric Chopin and Alexander Scriabin.