Dan Safarpour received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1991 from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Analytical Chemistry in 2001 from Rutgers University, Cook College, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Upon receipt of his B.S. in Chemistry, he joined the Altheimer Laboratory of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas and served as a Residue Chemist.
In 1993, he began employment with American Cyanamid Company, Princeton, New Jersey as an Analytical Chemist in the Toxicology Analysis laboratory. In 1994, he joined the Metabolism, Residue, Environmental Fate and Eco-Toxicology (MREE) Group as a Residue Chemist/Study Director. In 2000, American Cyanamid Company was acquired by BASF Corporation, at which time he joined the Formulations Analysis Group as a Sr. Research Chemist.
In September 2001, he joined Taxolog, Inc, a pharmaceutical/biotechnology company. As a group leader at Taxolog, he supervised Taxolog's entire analytical laboratory operations, including analytical R&D and dossier preparation for filing IND, CTX and aNDA. His responsibilities spanned process analytical, formulations analytical, drug metabolism, and bioanalytical research and development efforts.
Dr. Safarpour has been published in journals such as Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis (JPBA), Journal of Chromatography, Electrophoresis, Journal of Associations of Officials in Analytical Chemistry (JAOAC) and Journal of Pesticide Science. Per invitation from US-EPA regulatory bodies, Dr. Safarpour has contributed a chapter on Application of Capillary Electrophoresis to Pesticide Analysis to the Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. Dr. Safarpour has given numerous oral presentations in national and international conferences in the areas of separation sciences, process and formulations analysis, human and plant metabolism, bioanalytical, and residue chemistry. His presentations have focused on the use of cutting-edge technologies such as UPLC, HPLC, CE, and GC, as well as UPLC-MS-TOF, HPLC-MS-ION TRAP and CE-MS. Dr. Safarpour has judged poster presentations at ACS functions such as the Triangle Chromatography Discussion Group (TCDG). Since 2003, Dr. Safarpour has served for over a decade on the peer review committee for prestigious journals such as JPBA, JAOAC and Electrophoresis. Dr. Safarpour has chaired symposia “Friendly Tools for Protein” at PepCon-BIT’s 10th Anniversary of Proteins & Peptides Conference held in Fukuoka Japan.
Dr. Safarpour, by invitation from the FAO division of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and by the supervision from Argonne National Laboratory USA, has served as expert lecturer to IAEA traveling to specific countries to guide in building lab infrastructure to conduct residue testing of their own raw agricultural commodities for both domestic consumers and international export.
In early 2009, Dr. Safarpour, in conjunction with former colleagues, employees and his superiors formed this new life sciences contract research organization, Symbiotic Research, LLC.