Farzad Esni, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Esni is an Associate Professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated in 1994 (1991-94) with a Bachelor (BSc) in Molecular Biology from Umea University in Sweden. He received a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in December 2000 in Developmental Biology from Goteborg University in Sweden. He was then offered a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Steven D. Leach’s laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Esni’s expert training gave him in depth knowledge in various aspects of pancreatic development, which enabled him to launch his career as an independent investigator. In 2006, he joined the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor. His research has focused on pancreatic regeneration and pancreatic cancer. Farzad Esni is the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator of multiple NIH grants, and the recipient of the National Pancreas Foundation Grant as well as the Hirshberg Award for Pancreatic Cancer.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Society for Developmental Biology, 2003-Present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006-Present
  • American Pancreatic Association, 2007-Present
  • American Association for Cancer Reaserch, 2011-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Molecular Biology, Umea University, Sweden, 1991
  • PhD, Developmental Biology, Umea University, Sweden, 2000
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Pancreatic Development and Cancer, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

Selected Publications

Academic and Research Interests

  • Pancreas
  • Pancreatic Regeneration
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Beta-Cell Generation