Cyrus R. Safinya

Cyrus R. Safinya

Distinguished Professor
​Materials and Physics



(805) 893-8635
2204 Materials Research Lab

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Fellow of: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Physical Society


World Class University Visiting Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology; Henri De Rothschild Foundation Fellowship


Macromolecular and Biomolecular Materials

Safinya's 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.


PhD Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS Physics and Mathematics, Bates College