Afshin Beheshti | Bioinformatician and Principal Investigator

Afshin Beheshti, Bioinformatician and Principal Investigator, NASA

Dr. Beheshti is a Bioinformatician and Data Analyst at NASA for the GeneLab project. He also has a current Assistant Professor of medicine appointment at Tufts University School of Medicine and is in the process of obtaining an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is an experimentally trained biophysicist with expertise in both in vitro and in vivo studies with cancer biology, systems biology, bioinformatics, and radiobiology. After completion of his PhD in biophysics he switched paths to study microbiology for his first postdoctoral experience and then cancer biology. When Dr. Beheshti joined the Center of Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) at St Elizabeth’s Medical Center at Tufts University School of Medicine, he performed extensive research on both NASA’s NSCOR and NCI’s Integrative Cancer Biology Program (ICBP) funded projects. He has significant experience with bioinformatics analyses and he has pursued projects examining the effects of aging on tumor progression with and without the effects of both proton and HZE irradiation. In addition to these aging studies, he has also studied double strand breakage and repair kinetics in tumor populations, in cancer stem cell populations, and in cells of the tumor microenvironment. He was the lead researcher doing aging, HZE radiation, and cell fusion studies and took a lead role with both aging and cell-cell fusion studies under a former NSCOR grant and ICBP Program Grant. After joining Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine in fall of 2014, he has started an innovative project studying how circulating miRNAs impact lymphoma development in addition to numerous studies involving a systems biology approach to study how novel therapeutics impact lymphoma treatment. Since April 2017 Dr. Beheshti has been recruited for part of his effort to work at the NASA Ames facilities on developing the GeneLab platform. Additionally, he is a member of a NIH/NCI systems biology steering committee.


BioData World Congress Day 3 @ 14:30

Conducting Genetic Research in Space - Using NASAs GenLab genetic data to advance medical research

last published: 05/Nov/20 11:55 GMT

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