DepartmentDepartment of Biological Science
Biola AffiliationsFaculty, Employee



  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • B.S., Elizabethtown College


Behzad Varamini grew up in frigid Wisconsin before moving to the east coast where he earned his bachelor of science degree in Biotechnology. After an eye opening internship at the National Cancer Institute, where he studied nutrition and colon cancer prevention, he became interested in how nutrients regulate genes. As a result, he studied omega-3 fatty acids in neonatal development at Cornell University while earning his Ph.D. in Nutritional Science. During graduate school, Varamini developed a passion for teaching and mentoring students, so he went on to further work and study at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. While there, he studied the molecular signaling mechanisms of resveratrol, a molecule found in red wine which is thought to have anti-aging and anti-diabetic properties. He also took classes at Penn in teaching and curriculum development and served as an adjunct faculty at several nearby universities and colleges. This experience cemented his interest and passion for teaching, and at Biola University Varamini tries to incorporate the latest research and information on nutrition and human health into his course content. Varamini is quite fascinated by the lack of winters and abundance of traffic in Southern California.

Publications (Selected)

  • Ye L, Varamini B, Lamming DW, Sabatini DM, Baur JA. Rapamycin has a biphasic effect on insulin sensitivity in C2C12 myotubes due to sequential disruption of mTORC1 and mTORC2. Front Genet. 2012;3:177. Epub 2012 Sep 11.
  • Varamini B, and Baur, JA. The polyphenol resveratrol alters global patterns of gene regulation and improves physiology through multiple potential pathways, Book chapter in: Nutritional Genomics. Wayne Bidlack ed., Taylor and Francis, 123-133, 2010.
  • Brenna JT, Varamini B, Jensen RG, et al. Docosahexaenoic and arachidonic acid concentrations in human breast milk worldwide. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Jun;85(6):1457-64.
  • Sikalidis AK, Varamini B. Roles of hormones and signaling molecules in describing the relationship between obesity and colon cancer. Pathol Oncol Res. 2011 Jan 9.
  • Strable MS, Tschanz C, Varamini B, Brenna JT. Mammalian DNA (15) N exhibits intramolecular variation and is unresponsive to dietary protein level. Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2011 Dec 15;25(23):3555-62.
  • Price NP, Gomes AP, Ling AJ, Montalvo AM, North BJ, Hubbard BP, Agarwal B, Davis JG, Varamini B, Hafner A, Moaddel R, Rolo AP, Palmeira CM, deCabo R, Baur JA, Sinclaur DA. SIRT1 is required for AMPK activation and the beneficial effects of resveratrol on mitochondrial function. Cell Metab. 2012 May 2;15(5):675-90.


  • Varamini B, Sikalidis A, Bradford KL, Brenna JT. Dietary resveratrol induces neuroprotective changes in several protein targets but does not affect plaque burden in Alzheimer's Disease transgenic mice. Abstract presented at Experimental Biology 2009, New Orleans LA.
  • Varamini B, Strable MS, Tschanz C, Brenna JT. Neuronal DNA does not turn over during guinea pig life span. Abstract presented at Experimental Biology 2007, Washington DC.
  • Varamini B, Milner JA. Bioactivities of allyl sulfur compounds in garlic. Abstract presented at National Institutes of Health Summer Research Symposium, August 2004, Bethesda MD.
  • Varamini B, Milner JA. Aberrant crypt foci as putative preneoplastic lesions in colon cancer. Abstract presented at National Institutes of Health Summer Research Symposium, August 2003, Bethesda MD.
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