Dr. Azizi's talk reflects on examples from her professional career and personal experiences that have heightened the importance of embracing a multidisciplinary approach, whether it be scientific curiosity or differences in culture. It is from these examples that she has learned important lessons, which embody a central theme: crossing borders of any subject or discipline is the key to success.
Dr. Bahareh Azizi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry/Biotechnology from Michigan State University and her doctoral degree in Biochemistry from the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship, she joined the General Faculty in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech, where she was actively involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and maintained a research program, focused on the proteins implicated in several diseases including diabetes and cancer.
Dr. Azizi is a Consultant with the Director General's Office at the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), where she works closely with the Director General, the Strategic Planning and Development and Research Directorate, managing and providing technical analysis and support for various transformational and operational projects. Prior to joining KFAS in 2016, Dr. Azizi was the Head of Basic Science and Director of Business Development at the Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI). In these capacities she worked with and managed over 30 scientists engaged in diabetes research and coordinated outreach programs to promote diabetes awareness. In 2016, she started the Experience Science program, in collaboration with the Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyah, to teach science and math to children, which was awarded a grant by the US Department of State in 2017. Dr. Azizi is a Tseu Cruddas Senior Fellow at Harris Manchester College at Oxford.