I obtained my BSc. from Tehran Azad University North Branch, Iran, and my MSc in organic Chemistry from Sharif University of Technology, an internationally renowned research institution, with Prof. Firouz Matloubi Moghaddam. During my MSc. Studies, I synthesized and structurally characterized novel heterocycles having biological properties. In addition, I did reaction methodology development and carried out analytical process optimization studies for characterizing these novel materials. After MSc. graduation, I was involved in collaboration at Payam Nour university with Dr. Ghasem Rezanejad Bardajee, preparing various chemical compounds with unique physical properties (e.g., Dithiocarbamates, Fluorescent CdS quantum dots and Naphthalimide Dyes). I also lectured at Payam Nour University of Tehran and Azad University of Varamin, Iran. Then, I moved to Canada in 2011, where I did my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry as a Trillium Ontario Scholar at Brock University with Prof. Travis Dudding. My initial doctoral work focused on the development of novel organometallic, homo- and hetero-coupling reactions and the latter portions of my PhD studies were rooted in the computational modeling of various Organic/Bioorganic molecules, analyzing hydrogen bonding and the other classes of non-covalent interactions, the counterion effects on selectivity and reactivity as well as the mechanistic analysis of asymmetric catalytic reactions. My current appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. John Trant, centers on in silico design, experimental synthesis and kinetics of Organic/Bioorganic materials raging from design and study of self-immolative polymer skeletons, and end-capping strategy to design of molecular tubes, and their related host-guest interactions, as well as studying peptides in autoimmune disorders. In addition, I am involved in different collaborations with several international research groups across Canada, Europe, Iran, etc. My studies involved computational simulations of host-guest macromolecules and nanomaterials for biological applications, surface based materials (i.e. (fluoro)graphene nanosheets) for designing novel devices for energy storage and flexible electronics, novel electrolytes used in Ca-ion battery (i.e. carbonate based calcium-ion battery) and to understand the mechanistic understanding of organic reactions (i.e. Nicholas Reactions).
As of January 2020, I am jointly appointed with Prof. Melanie Sanford at the University of Michigan. In my role as a PDF in the Sanford group, my primary responsibilities involve conducting computational studies of organometallic/catalytic reactions to gain an understanding of the mechanisms and ligand effects on transition metal-mediated reactions to form challenging bonds. I have focused on providing theoretical insight into the group’s experimental results in bimetallic Ni catalyzed cross-coupling reactions; Pd-catalyzed transannular C–H activation of alicyclic amines (in collaboration with Merck & Co.); in silico ligand design for the study of challenging C-S bond forming processes for pharmaceuticals and advanced functionalized materials; exploring the origins of reactivity differences in novel catalytic fluoro-alkylation methodologies, and the development of redox-active organic materials in flow battery.