Hanieh was born and raised in Mashhad, a city in the northeastern part of Iran. She received her M.Sc. in Physics from the Sharif University of Technology in Teheran, Iran. She completed her PhD in Physics at the University of New Mexico. During her PhD, she designed and built a 3D high-speed two-color single-particle tracking microscope to study the dynamics of membrane proteins involved in cell signaling. Additionally, she implemented a Bayesian inference approach to estimate the diffusion constant defined for confined Brownian motion of noisy observation. In the Danuser lab, she aims to leverage computational modeling of molecular processes to study cancer cells. In particular, she is fascinated by how cell shape directly controls signal transduction pathways, cell proliferation and survival. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels and hiking with family and friends, and playing challenging board games.