Shabnam Massah

Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences




  • PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU
  • BSc, Azad University, Iran


Shabnam Massah received her BSc degree in cell and molecular biology (microbiology), from Azad University, Iran in 2006. She received her PhD in 2017 from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her doctoral research focused on understanding the role of a chromatin organizer in regulating gene expression genome-wide. She has worked as a sessional instructor, and has taught cell pathophysiology laboratory and general biology laboratory courses at SFU. She is an active member and volunteer of the Rare Disease Foundation (RDF) and Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST).

Research Interests

Research interests include understanding the role of epigenetic modifications – specifically, DNA methylation in regulating gene expression. She is interested in understanding how cells interpret DNA methylation to regulate gene expression. She is also interested in identifying molecules that can interpret or sense chromatin modifications, and maintain the normal or disease-related gene expression profiles.

Publications and Activities