Danial received his BSc in electronics engineering from Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran, in 2007, an MSc in Microelectronics and system engineering from the University of Bristol in 2009, and a DPhil in engineering science from the University of Oxford in 2013. During his DPhil studies his work was based on various designs for Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) arrays. He designed and tested SPADs for CMOS imaging, fluorescent measurements, and optical communications. His thesis on single photon avalanche diodes for optical communications demonstrated larger SPAD arrays can achieve faster data rates than their deadtime.
In 2017, he joined School of Engineering at The University of Edinburgh as a Chancellor’s Fellow in Electronics. His main area of research is exploring applications for SPAD arrays with a focus on time-of-flight sensors for biomedical applications.