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Amin Aalipour, 2017

MD/PhD, Stanford University

Amin Aalipour is the child of immigrants from Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD/PhD in Bioengineering at Stanford University

Raised in Southern California, Amin Aalipour is the son of Iranian Muslim immigrants who came to the United States in pursuit of higher education. Inspired by his parents' struggles with financial hardship and his Muslim faith, Amin learned early on about the values of simplicity, fearlessness, and sacrifice.

Fueled by his mother's emphasis on mathematical problem solving and his father's demos with electrical circuits, Amin developed an obsession with the how and why of science. In high school, he joined a lab at the Scripps Research Institute, where he quickly discovered a passion for scientific research.

As an undergraduate at Stanford, Amin studied how engineered nanomaterials interact with living cells. His work in a lymphoma clinic and as an HIV counselor inspired him to think about the medical applications of his research, and he became committed to a career as a physician-scientist. Amin earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in a combined four years, graduating first in his major and with highest honors from the School of Engineering. He also coauthored six publications, including three first-author papers, and earned the Barry Goldwater Scholarship for his work in the lab.

Amin is currently an MD/PhD student at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is working to develop early cancer detection technologies and immunotherapies in the lab of Dr. Sanjiv Gambhir. He also works as a Fellow at Life Science Angels and evaluates potential investments in early stage clinical diagnostics companies. Amin strongly believes early disease detection can fundamentally change the practice of medicine, and he hopes to dedicate his life to this vision.

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  • MS Management Science and Engineering | Stanford University 2014
  • BS Materials Science and Engineering | Stanford University 2014
  • MD | Stanford University
  • PhD Bioengineering | Stanford University
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (2013)
  • Terman Award for Scholastic Achievement in Engineering (2014)
  • Welton J. Crook Award (2014)
  • Molecular Imaging Young Investigator Prize Runner-Up (2017)
Select Publications
  • Amin Aalipour, Op-Ed, "Good Deeds, Not Apologies," San Francisco Chronicle, 2015.
  • Amin Aalipour, Op-Ed, "Live Audiences Make Spectacle of Presidential Debates," The San Diego Union-Tribune, 2016.
  • Aalipour, A., Advani, R.H. (2013) Bruton Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors: A Promising Novel Targeted Treatment for B Cell Lymphomas. British Journal of Haematology, 163(4):436-443.
  • Xu, A.M., Aalipour, A., Leal-Ortiz, S.A., Mekhdjian, A.H., Xie, X., Dunn, A.R., Garner, C.C., Melosh, N.A. (2014) Quantification of Nanowire Penetration into Living Cells. Nature Communications, 5:3613.
  • Aalipour, A., Advani, R.H. (2014) Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitors and their clinical potential in the treatment of B-cell malignancies: focus on ibrutinib. Therapeutic Advances in Hematology, 5(4):121-133.
  • Aalipour, A., Xu, A.M., Leal-Ortiz, S.A., Garner, C.C., Melosh, N.A. (2014) Plasma Membrane and Actin Cytoskeleton as Synergistic Barriers to Nanowire Cell Penetration. Langmuir, 30(41):12362-12367.
  • Xie, X., Aalipour, A., Gupta, S.V., Melosh, N.A. (2015) Determining the Time Window for Dynamic Nanowire Cell Penetration Processes. ACS Nano, 9(12): 11667-11677.
  • Xu, A.M., Kim, S.A., Wang, D.S., Aalipour, A., Melosh, N.A. (2016) Temporally Resolved Direct Delivery of Second Messengers into Cells Using Nanostraws. Lab on a Chip, 16: 2434-2439.
  • Park, S.M., Wong, D.J., Ooi, C.C., Kurtz, D.M., Vermesh, O., Aalipour, A., Suh, S., Pian, K.L., Chabon, J.J., Lee, S.H., Jamali, M., Say, C., Carter, J.N., Lee, L.P., Kuschner, W.G., Schwartz, E.J., Shrager, J.B., Neal, J.W., Wakelee, H.A., Diehn, M., Nair, V.S., Wang, S.X., Gambhir, S.S. (2016) Comprehensive Molecular Profiling of Single Circulating Tumor Cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A., 113(52): E8379-E8386.
Work History
  • Life Science Angels, Medical Device Fellow | September 2016
  • Wing Tech, Inc., Medical Device Analyst | September 2013 - September 2014
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