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  • Siavash Azari

    Siavash Azari

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    BioI am a postdoctoral researcher from Tehran, Iran. I joined Dr. Shirit Einav's lab in September 2021. The focus of my research is on screening, characterization, and enhancement of inhibitors of Numb-Associated Kinases (NAK) and lipid kinases which are involved in the viral life-cycle of pathogens such as Dengue virus (DENV), Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus (VEEV) and SARS-CoV-2 with the hope of finding broad spectrum antiviral chemicals. I am also interested in discovering the targets/substrates for these kinases and their mechanism of action during viral infections.

    My PhD dissertation under Dr. Stephanie Seveau's supervision at The Ohio State University was focused on the role of fetal placental macrophages in mother-to-fetus transmission of listeriosis. My master’s thesis at Qazvin University of Medical Sciences in Qazvin, Iran, was on a modified derivative of rotavirus toxin NSP4 as a candidate for vaccine production. I enjoy doing translational research that can be used as a stepping stone toward development of therapeutics to battle human diseases.
    My hobbies are: Learning foreign languages, cooking, traveling, exploring food from different cultures, and inventing new cocktails with tequila!

    Fun fact: To do research at Stanford, I moved by driving 2,500 miles across the country from Columbus, Ohio to San Jose, California, and had the greatest road trip of my life!

  • Zahra Azizi

    Zahra Azizi

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiovascular Medicine

    BioI’m a medical doctor and clinical epidemiologist, currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University focusing on digital health, computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine. My research goals are integration and practical application of computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) methods in medicine to produce new knowledge and deepen understanding of health-related issues, which ultimately aims to improve patient-care and decrease disease burden.