ABOUT ME

I am interested in the relationship between humans, wildlife, & their environment including ecology & evolution of host-microbe interactions, susceptibility to diseases & species reaction to environmental factors. I was involved in several projects including the evolution of immune system response in sepsis, toxoplasmosis, plague & cancer in human and non-human primates as well as studies on blood, gut, & vaginal microbiome.

 

My dissertation research in the Brinkworth Lab is on the link between variations in blood microbiome and immune system responses to Gram-negative bacterial LPS. Please watch the 3-minute video below and check out my recent publication for more information.

EDUCATION

PhD in Biological Anthropology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2015-Present

M.A. in Biological Anthropology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2015-2018

MSc. in Environmental Sciences

Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources 2011-2013

BSc. in Cellular & Molecular Biology

University of Tehran 2004-2009

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Bioinformatics

I am interested in data analysis of biological information, especially next-generation sequencing data, specifically in the areas below.

Host-Microbe Interactions

I am interested in microbe-host coevolution and interactions and implication for the health and survival of species.

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

I am interested in the relationship between wildlife and their environment especially with the purpose of protecting endangered species.