Hi. I'm Faeze Saatchi and I'm from Iran. I received my B.S. and M.S. from University of Tehran in biotechnology and then joined the Department of Biochemistry graduate program at Purdue University in fall 2011.
I decided to join Purdue University mainly because of the research that is being done in the department. Although the Department of Biochemistry is a small in size, there are several research groups working on different areas like biochemistry of plants, signal transduction pathways, protein-protein interactions, cell cycle regulation and epigenetics.
After doing three rotations my first year, I joined Dr. Kirchmaier's lab in spring 2012. The lab mainly focuses on silent chromatin and how chromatin assembly factors interact with each other and with histone proteins to assemble chromatin during DNA replication and repair. Proper assembly of the chromatin is important for establishment and inheritance of the epigenetic state of a cell. My study will focus on depicting the network of interactions between histones, chromatin modifications, histone modifying enzymes and chromatin assembly factors.
In my free time, I enjoy playing and listening to music, reading books and hanging out with friends.