Cyrus R. Safinya

 Cyrus R. Safinya

Distinguished Professor, Materials, Physics, and Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology


(805) 893-8635
2204 Materials Research Lab
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050

Materials Research Areas: 


World Class University Visiting Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Rothschild Fellow, Henri De Rothschild Foundation

Fellow, American Physical Society

Research Description: 

Current research is centered on (i) elucidation of interactions/forces between proteins derived from neurons with the goal of relating assembled architectures/structures to function, (ii) development of synthetic carriers of nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) for gene delivery and silencing applications, and (iii) development of lipid-based hydrophobic drug carriers for cancer therapeutics.


Ph.D. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, Bates College