BSc at Sharif University of Technology in Iran, PhD at Imperial College London
University of Southampton, University of Cambridge
University of St Andrews
Favourite thing to do in my job: Playing with shiny instruments and collecting mysterious data
I'm an experimental physicist (think Leonard from The Big Bang Theory)
I’m originally from Iran, but I’ve been living in the UK for 15 years all over the place. I was in London first for a few years then Southampton and Cambridge, and now in sunny Scotland. In my spare time, I watch cool things on Netflix and look for laser bargains on Ebay.
My fiancé thinks I’m extravagant with money, messy and bad at finding things (pff I think not!). She thinks I’m good at keeping calm, making her laugh and fixing things (oh yeah!). My hobbies are skiing, Persian calligraphy, and listening to psychedelic rock.
My top 3 likes are dark chocolate, fruit of any description and the Internet.
My top 3 hates are snails (the type you eat), arrogant people and doing laundry.
I’m currently working as a lecturer/researcher at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Here’s me!
My Typical Day
exciting, tiring, challenging, action-packed
I usually get to work at about 9am. The first thing I do is to check whether any shiny equipment (toys I ordered) has arrived in the post. I then check up on my PhD student (Kostas from the sunny island of Crete) and find out what happened in his experiment the day before. After that, I go to my office and answer my emails, which usually takes about an hour! I then go to get some tea with the students and colleagues in our common room and find out about the latest physics gossip. After some gossip, I then remember that I’ve got to do some work too. This usually involves planning my current and future research. For my current research, I help out Kostas on his experiments or work on my own on a new experiment. For future research, I am usually looking for some inspiring ideas, which involves reading and contemplating the latest Science and Nature articles related to my research until I realise I have to cycle home quickly because my fiancé has been waiting for me for an hour!
What I'd do with the prize money
I'll use it for an outreach event
There’s a science day event in our department. I’ll use the money to make a simple laser interferometer to teach school students how gravitational wave detectors work.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
persistent, friendly, enthusiastic
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
changing my field of research
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
What was your favourite subject at school?
physics and maths
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
research and development in a company
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
diving in the great barrier reef
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
to stay healthy, curious and optimistic
Tell us a joke.