Shirin Bahmanyar, PhD

Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Assistant Professor

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BQBS) | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development


Dr. Bahmanyar received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.  She was a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Karen Oegema at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at UC San Diego where she recognized the advantages of the early C. elegans embryo as a tractable model system to dissect mechanisms that control nuclear envelope dynamics to ensure genome protection. Her post-doctoral work with elucidated an important new principle involving local regulation of phospholipid synthesis in specifying the nuclear envelope domain within the continuous endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Her work now is focused on elucidating mechanisms underpinning regulatory roles for lipid composition and dynamics in nuclear envelope and ER membrane remodeling and genome protection. 

Education & Training

PhD Stanford University (2008)
BA University of California, Berkeley (2001)
Post-doctoral Researcher Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research/UCSD

Honors & Recognition

  • The Hartwell Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2011)

  • First Bank of America Fellow of the A.P. Giannini Foundation (2009)

  • A.P. Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2009)

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