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I'm Ali R. Vahdati

Evolutionary biologist

Hello! I’m Ali Rezaee Vahdati. I am currently doing my first postdoc at Christoph Zollikofer's lab at the University of Zurich. I use computational, statistical, and machine learning models to understand biologically complex systems at different levels.

Professional Skills

Data analysis
Biological modeling
Machine Learning

My Experience

  • Education

  • 2012 - 2017


    Evolutionary biolgoy. At Andreas Wagner's lab. University of Zurich. Thesis: Genotype networks: convergent evolution, population size and adaptation.

  • 2011 - 2012


    Evolutionary biology and genomes. Reinmar Hager and Casey Bergman labs. University of Manchester. Thesis 1: Identifying QTL and Genomic imprinting effects on mice tissue phenotypes. Thesis 2: Analysis of replication timing on genetic variation in the human genome.

  • 2007 - 2011


    Genetics. Azad University, Iran.

  • Teaching experience

  • 2018

    1st reproducible research workshop

    I gave a lecture and hands-on tutorial on using Git version control software and collaborating using Github. (Teaching materials here). @EAWAG – Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

  • 2013

    Introduction to Bioinformatics

    As part of a team, tutored about 30 students in the Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies programs to help them solve their programming questions in Python. @UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH – Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2013

    Principles of Evolution

    Prepared teaching material for R programming. Prepared and delivered two lectures on Modeling Population Genetic Simulation of Natural Selection and Drift Processes. Fielded questions from students on lecture topics.

My Interest

I enjoy creation. Paintings, graphic design, music, architecture, I enjoy being exposed to any form of creativity. But words are the most special of all. I love reading texts that artistically use words, especially if there is a message. I like writing and translating too. I have translated a talk by Karl Popper to Persian, which is to be published soon. My other pleasures in life are meditation, breathing fresh air, soothing eyes with colors of nature, cycling to work, and spending time with friends and family.

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