Dr. Maryam Sarmazdeh

( University of Nevada, Reno )


(775) 682-8494
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: chemical engineering
  • Research Fields: Biomolecular Engineering, Synthetic Biology
  • Disciplines: Biochemical Engineering, Biological/Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering
  • Funding:DoE - Department of Energy, INBRE - IdeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, NIH - National Institutes of Health, UNR - University of Nevada, Reno


I mentored over 20 undergraduate students at UNR and over 30 overall in the past 10 years. In my interdisciplinary research lab, we have students from different departments and colleges including but not limited to engineering (chemical and biomedical), science (biology, chemistry), CABNR (biochemistry and biotechnology), and medical school (neuroscience and pharmacology).


Maryam Raeeszadeh-Sarmazdeh joined the University of Nevada, Reno in July 2019 as an assistant professor. Her research group is focused on biomolecular engineering and synthetic biology to develop novel biotechnology tools and products to solve major issues in human health, sustainability and environment. Dr. Sarmazdeh was a senior research fellow in the Department of Cancer Biology at Mayo Clinic, Florida, during which her work was focused on engineering novel protein-based therapeutics based on natural enzyme inhibitors. Prior to her appointment at Mayo Clinic, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Delaware where her research was focused on enzyme and metabolic pathway engineering. Dr. Sarmazdeh earned her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. There, her research was focused on generating site-specific protein immobilization on the surface and protein engineering using yeast surface display and directed evolution.