David Nabirahni

David Nabirahni

Department Chairperson
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry and Physical Sciences
Kessel Campus Center
18th Floor
One Pace Plaza


Personal Quote

Modern chemistry, having served us as the central science across the natural (biological and physical) and anthropogenic pure and applied sciences and engineering since the early 19th century, has now broadened and deepened its power for our better understating of phenomena thereby yielding a much enhanced quality and quantity of life for humanity, flora and fauna.

Faculty Bio

David Rahni was born and raised in Tehran Iran, where after completing his B.S. in chemistry, he moved to the U.S. and earned his M.S. and Ph.D./post-doctoral studies in New Mexico (ENMU) and Louisiana (LSU-UNO). His teaching has increasingly become enhanced with integrating his diverse scholarships and as drawn form his affiliations with corporate R&D at IBM, Pepsi, and BASF, and consultancies among others. Rahni is a prolifically published multi-disciplinarian scholar with multi-cultural/linguistic and cultural skills. He has travelled extensively in more than thirty countries and resided or worked in a half dozen region. He has served as a visiting professor globally and conducted his Fulbright senior research scholarship tenure in Denmark and at the University of Oxford England, the Universities of Rome and Florence in Italy, and universities in Tehran, Esfahan, Zanjan, Guilan and in his alma mater National University in Iran. He has served as adjunct professor at Pace environmental law, at CUNY’s Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education (CUNY Med School) in Harlem New York City, and since 1995 as an adjunct professor of dermatology at New York Medical College. His published research spans across Biosensors for ex-/in-vivo clinical & neurological, and environmental and forensic assays and implantable monitoring devices.


BS, The National University of Iran

MS, Eastern New Mexico University

PhD, University of New Orleans (LSU)
Analytical Chemistry

Post Doctoral, Universal Sensors, Inc, and UNO

Academic leadership and higher ed assessment, Harvard University, Cambridge Boston Mass, 2012
high ed leadership

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Development of bio-sensors and bio-actuators for the assay of and ultimate integration with human body for the analysis of key trace substances in complex matrices such as bodily fluids, environmental, forensics and industrial processes.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

BIO 395: Independent Study in Biology
CHE 101: Introduction to Chemistry I
CHE 111: General Chemistry I
CHE 111: General Chemistry I (Lab)
CHE 111: General Chemistry I (Lecture)
CHE 112: General Chemistry II
CHE 112: General Chemistry II (Lab)
CHE 112: General Chemistry II (Lecture)
CHE 221: Analytical Mthds & Techniques
CHE 329: Adv Biochemistry Laboratory
CHE 331: Instrumental Analysis
CHE 392: Chemistry Seminar I
CHE 395: Independent Study in Chemistry
CHE 491: Chemistry Internship I
CHE 492: Chemistry Seminar II

Publications and Presentations


Iran's Education and Research Potential
(2017, June). Science. Vol 356 (Issue ) , pages 6341.

Iran's Environment Under Seige
(2015, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Science. Vol 350 , pages 6259.

Exocyclic Diastereotopic Protons as a Probe for Conformational Bias in Eight-Membered Rings Containing Phosphorous and Titanium
(2013, May). Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements. Vol 188 (Issue 5) , pages 623-632. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gpss20/current

Bioimaging in Neurodegeneration
(2005). Bioimaging in Neurodegeneration. .

Clozapine and cocaine effects on dopamine and serotonin release in nucleus accumbens during psychostimulant behavior and withdrawal.
(2004, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. Vol (Issue 1) , pages 157-71.

Acute and subacute effects of risperidone and cocaine on accumbens dopamine and serotonin release using in vivo microvoltammetry on line with open-field behavior.
(2003, September). Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. (Issue 6) , pages 1037-1054.


(2017). Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy . Pittsburgh, PA.

Clozapine effects on accumbens cocaine-induced dopamine and serotonin release on line with psycho-stimulant behavior using microvoltammetry: withdrawal studies.
(2003). Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. New Orleans.

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society [NY Chair 2000, member of the board 19999-2004]