Zahra Afrasiabi, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
Zahra Afrasiabi
Associate Professor of Chemistry

I am a bioinorganic chemist interested in biological application of synthetic and natural molecules specifically for cancer treatment. In addition, I study the application of nanomaterials in medicinal, environmental, and food & agricultural fields. I am passionate about teaching chemistry and I have taught undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses such as General, Organic, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry courses & Cancer and Nanochemistry special topic courses.

  • PhD, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • MSc, University of Pune
  • BSc, K. N. Toosi University of Science and Technology
  • Chemistry for Life (CHEM 112)
  • General Chemistry I and Lab (CHEM 140)
  • General Chemistry II and Lab (CHEM 141)
  • Organic Chemistry I and Lab (CHEM 301)
  • Organic Chemistry II and Lab (CHEM 302)
  • Development of nanosensors for the detection of biomolecules
  • Application of nanomaterials in Environmental Science, Animal Science, Agriculture, and Food Science
  • Synthesis of organic and inorganic chemotherapeutic agents
  • Cheung, Sherine F., Matthew F. Yee...Zahra Afrasiabi…et al. “A Combined Aqueous Two-Phase System and Spot-Test Platform for the Rapid Detection of Escherichia Coli O157:H7 in Milk.” SLAS TECHNOLOGY: Translating Life Sciences Innovation 23, no. 1 (February 2018): 57–63.
  • Balachandran, Akilandeswari, Ajit Zambre, Jagjot Singh Kainth…Zahra Afrasiabi…et al. “Targeting HMGA Protein Inhibits Retinoblastoma Cell Proliferation.” RSC Advances 8, no. 55 (2018): 31510–14.
  • Eivazi, Frieda, Zahra Afrasiabi, and Elizabeth Jose. “Effects of Silver Nanoparticles on the Activities of Soil Enzymes Involved in Carbon and Nutrient Cycling.” Pedosphere 28, no. 2 (April 2018): 209-14.
  • Afrasiabi, Zahra, Holly J. R. Popham, David Stanley et al. “Dietary Silver Nanoparticles Reduce Fitness in a Beneficial, but Not Pest, Insect Species.” Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 93, no. 4 (August 2016): 190–201.
  • Wathen, Connor A., Chuck Caldwell, Nripen Chanda…Zahra Afrasiabi…et al. “Selective X-ray Contrast Enhancement of the Spleen of Living Mice Mediated by Gold Nanorods.” Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging 10, no. 3 (August 2015): 188-93.
  • Zambre, Ajit, Francisco Silva, Anandhi Upendran, Zahra al. “Synthesis and Characterization of Functional Multicomponent Nanosized Gallium Chelated Gold Crystals.” Chemical Communications 50, no. 25 (2014): 3373-76. 
  • Vyas, Alok, Vasundhara Kain, Zahra al. “Novel Mn-SOD Mimetics Offer Superior Protection Against Oxidative Damages in Hek293 Kidney Cells.” Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology 1 (June 2014): 1-8.
  • Chanda, Nripen, Anandhi Upendran…Zahra Afrasiabi…et al. “Gold Nanoparticle Based X-Ray Contrast Agent for Tumor Imaging in Mice and Dog: A Potential NanoPlatform for Computer Tomography Theranostics.” Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology 10, no. 3 (March 2014): 383-92.
  • Ghatak, Shibnath, Alok Vyas…Zahra Afrasiabi…et al. “Novel Ditertiary-butyl Phenylhydrazones as Dual Cyclooxygenase-2/5-lipoxygenase Inhibitors: Synthesis, COX/LOX Inhibition, Molecular Modeling, and Insights into their Cytotoxicities.” Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters 24, no. 1 (January 2014): 317-24.
  • USDA Teaching Capacity Building Grant, 2007-2010, Teaching Innovation Using Personal Response System (PI)
  • USDA CSREES, 2007-2010, Gold nanoparticle-based nanosensors for detection of biomolecules (PI)
  • USDA CSREES, 2010-2013, Gold nanoparticle-based nanosensor for accurate detection of luteinizing hormone in small ruminants (PI)
  • NIH Pilot Program, EARDA, 2009-2010, Biological Activity of Quinones (Co-PI)
  • NASA Missouri Space Grant Consortium, 2009-2013, Purification of Waste-water from Research Facilities Using Palladium Nanoparticles (Co-PI)
  • NSF AMASS Instructional Development Grant, 2011-2012, Math Tutorial for Chemistry (Co-PI)
  • USDA-NIFA Grant, 2011-2014, Silver Nanoparticles as Pesticides (PI)
  • USDA-NIFA Teaching Grant, 2012-2015, A Practical Approach to Integrating Nanotechnology Education into Agriculture and Environmental Science Curriculum (PI)
  • USDA-AFRI Grant, 2014-2017, High Throughput NanoSensor for Accurate and Sensitive Detection of E. Coli O157:H7 (PI)
  • USDA-AFRI Grant, 2016-2017, Innovative Methods to Improve the Sensitivity of Nanosensors For Detection of Biomolecules in Food Systems (PI)
  • USDA-NIFA Teaching Grant, 2017-2020, Use of Simulation Modules to Enhance Learning Chemistry and its Applications in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (Co-PI)
  • USDA-NIFA Grant, 2019-2022, Efficient Nanotechnology Methods to Remove Contaminants for Improved Water Quality (Co-PI)