Amir Banaei-Esfahani

Amir was born in Iran where he obtained his master’s degree in biotechnology from the University of Tehran. For his master thesis, he worked with Prof. Dr. Elahe Elahi to consider how Glaucoma-related genes expression is regulated by ocular microRNAs. Amir was introduced to concept of systems biology when he joined the School of Biological Sciences at the IPM (Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences). He followed up this first experience by joining the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jens Nielsen). There, He implemented a computational workflow to be able to predict regulatory protein modules of human’s secretory machinery with a particular focus on GTPase superfamily. He also worked on the human cancer secretome database (HCSD) project. In the research group of Prof. Dr. Ruedi Aebersold (IMSB-ETH Zurich) and as a PhD candidate, he developed and applied various computational workflows to analyze multi-omics datasets. He worked on various biological systems ranging from bacteria to human. He is currently a bioinformatics scientist at EPFL (mentors: Prof. Dr. Kristina Schoonjans and Prof. Dr. Johan Auwerx) to work on different omics data in the context of precision medicine.