Furqan Fazal


B.A. 2008 Amherst College





After completing my high school education at La Martiniere in Calcutta, India, I moved to New Jersey in 2004. I graduated from Amherst College, Massachusetts, in 2008 with majors in physics, chemistry and biology.

At Amherst I conducted research with David Hansen in materials chemistry. I also had the opportunity to work with Tirupati Sridharan at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in massive star formation, and with Peer Fischer at the Rowland Institute at Harvard in optics.

While pursuing my undergraduate career I increasing came to realize the promise single molecule biophysics holds in delivering new science. Thereafter I enrolled in the PhD program in applied physics at Stanford in 2008, and joined the Block lab in March 2009.

In lab I am currently working with Dan Koslover on examining the single-molecule motion of E. coli RNA polymerase in transcription and intrinsic termination under different salt conditions.