Iranian-born, Roozbeh Hushiarian’s undergraduate studies in Cellular and Molecular Biology were at Shiraz University where his research included Isolation and determination of Donaliella salina from Lake Maharlou, Shiraz and Optimization of β-carotene production with Donaliella salina. After graduation in 2002, Roozbeh entered Shahid Chamran University of Ahwaz for an M.Sc. in Microbiology. During his Masters, his work included molecular biology and genetic engineering techniques. The topic of his M.Sc. was ‘Cloning and expression of vp2 gene of infectious bursal disease virus in eukaryotic cells’. After completing his Masters, Roozbeh accepted a 2 year lecturing position at the Islamic Azad University before moving to Kuala Lumpur in 2009 to pursue his doctorate at UPM.
During his years in Malaysia, Roozbeh attained a high standard of English language proficiency to add to his proficient French, Arabic and native Kurdish and Persian. He undertook a qualification in project management and additionally honed his scuba diving and martial arts skills. Most significantly, his keen interest in DNA vaccinology and gene therapy, gene cloning and protein expression, biomolecular construction and interactions, nanoparticle-based biosensors and molecular modelling has been reflected in recent success, publishing in high quality scientific journals such as Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Molecules and SpringerPlus. It is also evident in his PhD thesis ‘Development of a DNA biosensor based on magnetic nanoparticles for the detection of Ganoderma boninense’.
In 2015 an exciting development in his career was a move to Australia and an invitation to begin working as a researcher at La Trobe University. The following year he started collaborating with Division of Molecular Biosciences at Imperial College London.