Bio


Abbas Khojasteh is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University, Department of Neurology. His current research at Stanford is directed towards applying early detection strategies to the treatment of brain tumors and reversing the damaging side effects of treatment-related brain injury. He received his Ph.D from Zurich University and completed postdoctoral neurosurgery training at Duke University, School of Medicine where he was studying experimental models of neuro modulation of glycemia and immune system in infectious diseases and inflammatory disorders. He evaluated the Electrical modulation efficacy in ongoing inflammation and hyperglicemia under different conditions, such as somatotopy organizations, disease states and intensities (electrical current/potential); and he recognized different neuro fibers controlling inflammation and glycemia networks. He pushed further his idea to find out whether regulation of glycemia and inflammation by electricity is dependent on central processing and to discover a new mechanism controlling insulin production. For this novel study, he performed Spinal Cord surgery.

Also, as a bioengineer, his previous research focused on drug discovery, cell biology and cell cultivation techniques for optimization of growth and bioengineering parameters in bioreactors particularly working on the cultivation of stem cells on microcarriers. He has experience in expression of therapeutic antibodies and production of secondary metabolites in mammalian and plant cell cultivations for therapeutics and diagnostics aims. In addition, he has been involved in several projects with pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies to develop biomedical research. For example, he established and scaled up a cell line to bioreactor at Zurich University where he produced 4g/L rosmarinc acid which is the highest secondary metabolite production to date. Moreover, he worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona, and he has collaborated in the supervision of more than 10 PhD, master and bachelor students.

He loves reading books related to his daily tasks; Neurosciences and Psychology to know how environmental signals shape our perceptions, that is why he dedicated his PhD thesis to the Human Brain. In addition, he is interested in Political Sciences to understand how our world is being ruled; and to know our meanings (as a citizen and human being), rights, responsibilities at the state and international levels; and how much political policies can influence on our daily lives, futures and career. And of course, he does smart physical activities (like running, swimming and fitness) and socializing with his colleagues and friends.

Honors & Awards


  • Postdoctoral Scholarship, Stanford University (2022)
  • Postdoctoral scholarship, Duke University (2021)
  • Extraordinary PhD thesis, University of Barcelona (2020)
  • Extraordinary Researcher, University of Barcelona (2020)
  • Best Oral Presentation, European Biotechnology Congress (2017)
  • Excellent Student, Zurich University (2015)
  • Ph.D. scholarship, University of Barcelona (2015)

Professional Education


  • Postdoc, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Neurosurgery (2022)
  • Postdoc, Duke University, School of Medicine, Neurosurgery (2022)
  • Postdoc, Hospital de la Princesa, Madrid, Infectious Diseases (2022)
  • Postdoc, University of Barcelona, Drug Discovery and Cell Cultivation (2021)
  • Ph.D, University of Barcelona, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (2019)
  • MSc, Zurich University, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (2015)

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