Babak N. Safa, PhD

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Babak joined Ethier lab in January of 2020, and he is currently a BrightFocus postdoctoral fellow at Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware, Newark DE USA in Dec of 2019, where he studied tendon damage mechanics, nonlinear inelasticity, and mechano-structural analysis at Professor Dawn Elliott’s lab– dissertation title “Analysis and Modeling of Inelasticity in Tendon: Viscoelasticity, Plastic Deformation, and Damage”. Babak is experienced in designing and conducting experimental procedures for tissue mechanics analysis, continuum mechanics modeling/finite element analysis, and three-dimensional microstructural analysis using SBF-SEM. Babak also has received a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran Iran in 2014. He is originally from Tabriz Iran, where he got a diploma in physics and mathematics from Madani highschool (NODET).


  • Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of optic nerve head remodeling in glaucoma optic neuropathy.
  • The role of active iris biomechanics in glaucoma.

Fun Fact:
Babak is a professional musician and he plays Qopuz (an Azerbaijani string instrument), watch Babak on stage with the Dalgha music group. He was a member of Iran’s national astronomy olympiads team and he has won a bronze medal at the international astronomy and astrophysics olympiads in Thailand (IOAA 2007).

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