Director, Stewart Science Honors Program
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Behzad Varamini incorporates current clinical case studies and cutting-edge research into his physiology, biochemistry, and nutrition courses, while also working closely with a small group of students in his laboratory. He is passionate about challenging and mentoring students to reach their truest and highest potential, and the aim of all his work in and out of the classroom is their long-term success.
Varamini is interested in the molecular mechanisms that drive aging and longevity. Specifically, his lab is focused on the behavior of a family of highly-conserved circadian-controlled metabolic genes called Sirtuins in mediating the effects of diet on drosophila melanogaster lifespan. A number of strains and genetic models are being investigated to elucidate the role of diet and small molecule activators of sirtuins on gene expression and sleep/activity levels. Dr. Varamini conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania.