I am an Associate Professor at Stanford University. Our laboratory develops machine learning and artificial intelligence methods to study clinical and biological modalities in translational settings. I primarily focus on leveraging multiomics studies, wearable devices, and electronic health records to address global health challenges. Prior to my role as a faculty member, I studied for my B.Sc. in computer science from University of Tehran, followed by a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of British Columbia and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford.
I am an alumni of the Graduate School of Business’s Ignite program, and a Biodesign Faculty Fellow, and a SPARK fellow. I also regularly serve on the scientific advisory boards of a wide range of companies, 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 pilot (for small/acrobatic aircraft) and a wingsuiter. I also regularly play the piano. My other interests include swimming, mountain climbing, chess, Starcraft, target shooting, modern art, and Mandarin Chinese.