Carnegie Mellon University

Amir Farimani

Amir Barati Farimani

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

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  • 310 Scaife Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Amir Barati Farimani received his Ph.D. in 2015 in Mechanical Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His Ph.D. thesis was titled “Detecting and Sensing Biological Molecules using Nanopores.” He extensively used atomistic simulations to shed light on the DNA sensing and detection physics of biological and solid state nanopores. Right after that, he joined Professor Vijay Pande’s lab at Stanford. During his post-doc, he combined machine learning and molecular dynamics to elucidate the conformational changes of G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs). He specifically was focused on Mu-Opioid Receptors to elucidate their free energy landscape and their activation mechanism and pathway.

The Barati Farimani Lab at Carnegie Mellon University is broadly interested in the application of machine learning, data science, and molecular dynamics simulations to health and bio-engineering problems.


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, 2005
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tehran TMU University, 2008
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015


Research Group: Mechanical and AI Lab