A native of Shiraz, Iran,  I grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; where I completed my my high school education. During my high school years, when I wasn’t playing soccer, I read science books. At the age of 16, I came across the work of the great evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, whose contagious passion for science ultimately turned me into a science-enthusiast. (I had the honor of speaking to Dr. Dawkins 8 years later!)


I earned my BSc in Biological Sciences at Cornell University. Because of my interest in evolutionary biology, I started working with Dr. Brian Lazzaro. With Brian, I studied host-pathogen interactions of Drosophila with bacteria and viruses.


Currently, I’m a PhD candidate in the lab of Erik Sontheimer at the RNA Therapeutics Institute.