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Ph.D. Student in Chemical and Systems Biology, admitted Summer 2022
BioBorn in Tehran, Iran, Siavash pursued his B.Sc./M.Sc. Degrees in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in 2022. Under the mentorship of Don W. Cleveland and Bogdan Bintu, his research centered on studying the in-vivo conversion of glial cells into functional neurons using cutting-edge methods like single-cell multi-omics, single-molecule imaging, and spatial genomics/transcriptomics. His academic excellence was recognized with Summa cum laude, Highest Distinction, and Departmental Honors.
At UCSD, Siavash was involved in a significant project as part of the NIH Brain Initiative Cell-atlas Network (BICAN). Using the advanced Multiplexed Error Robust Fluorescent In-situ Hybridization (MERFISH) technique, he contributed to creating the 'periodic table' of mouse and human brain cell types.
Upon graduation, Siavash was awarded the Harold C. Urey Award for his exceptional academic accomplishments. He currently pursues his Ph.D. in the Biosciences program at Stanford University's Department of Chemical and Systems Biology. He has the privilege of being co-advised by Nobel Laureate Carolyn Bertozzi of the Department of Chemistry and the Stanford ChEM-H Institute, as well as Longzhi Tan from the Department of Neurobiology.
Away from his rigorous academic pursuits, Siavash enjoys reading, studying Artificial Intelligence, traveling, and cooking, and he always keeps an open mind toward learning new skills.