Back when I was a Computer Science B.Sc. student in the University of Tehran, among other things, I was making a soccer team of robots. My graduate research, mentored by RRB@BCCRC and HHH@UBC, was focused on bioinformatics analysis of single cell data. Together with MR@NIH and PKC@NYU, we developed a pipeline that could identify cellular correlates of clinical outcomes from high-dimensional flow cytometry datasets. Also, we established the very first objective benchmark for evaluation of algorithms that could automatically identify cell-types (and, eventually, correlate them with clinical outcomes). As a postdoc with GPN@Stanford, and now an independent faculty member, I am generally interested in the intersection of data sciences, immunology, and clinical phenotyping. See the research section for more details.
I am an alumni of the Graduate School of Business’s Ignite program. I also regularly consult for a wide range of companies for both technology development and data analysis, and play with a stealth-mode startup or two. I strongly encourage (and fund) my trainees to take advantage of Stanford’s unique entrepreneurship training programs. I believe the next generation of successful academic life-scientists will be both multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial.
I am a licensed pilot (for small aircraft, including aerobatics) and a skydiver. I also regularly play the piano. I am semi-serious about swimming, mountain climbing, skiing, chess, Starcraft, target shooting, modern art, and Mandarin Chinese.