Postdoctoral researher, Institute of Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
ali [dot] rezaee [at] ieu [dot] uzh [dot] ch
 Vahdati A. R., Wagner A., Population size affects adaptation in complex ways: simulations on empirical adaptive landscapes.
 Vahdati A. R. , Sprouffske K., Wagner A., Population size affects adaptation in complex ways: simulations on empirical adaptive
landscapes. International Journal Biological Sciences. 2017;13(9):1138–51.
 Vahdati A. R. , Wagner A., 2016 Parallel or convergent evolution in human population genomic data revealed by genotype networks.
BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16(1), 154.
 Dall’Olio G. M., Vahdati A. R., Bertranpetit J., Wagner A., Laayouni H., 2014 VCF2Networks: applying Genotype Networks to Single Nucleotide Variants data. Bioinformatics: 4–5.
 Kaerst S.*, Vahdati A.R* , Brockmann G., Hager R., 2012 Genomic imprinting and genetic effects on muscle traits in mice’, BMC Genomics, 13:408
 Ali R. Vahdati , Babak Sadeghi, 2013 A study on the assessment of DNA strand-breaking activity by silver and silica nanoparticles, Journal of Nanostructure in Chemistry, 3, 7
 B. Sadeghi, R.A.R Vahdati , 2012 Comparison and SEM-characterization of novel solvents of DNA/carbon nanotube, Applied Surface Science, 258, 3086-3088
 B. Sadeghi, M.A.S Sadjadi and A.R Vahdati , 2009 Nanoplates controlled synthesis and catalytic activities of silver nanocrystals, Superlattices and Microstructures, 46, 858-863.
* indicates equal contribution
Selected conference presentations
Conditionally neutral mutations in the human genome
URPP retreat, Brunnen, Switzerland, 2012
Genomic imprinting and genetic effects on muscle traits in mice
Seminar at the University of Manchester, September 2011
Quantitative trait loci analysis on mouse muscle traits
Poster presentation, University of Manchester Research Symposium, September 2011
I am interested in studying biological complex systems: how and why do we see organisms with different levels of complexity?
what are the different processes affecting this complexity? During my PhD, at Andreas Wagner's group, I worked with fitness
landscapes inspired by thermodynamics of RNA folding (Figure below), as well as empirical fitness landscapes of transcription
factor binding sites, to understand the effect of population size on the rate of adaptation. Additionally, I analyzed
genotype networks of all human genes, constructed from single nucleotide amino acid changing mutations, to identify convergent
Currently, at Christoph Zollikofer's group and as a postdoctoral researcher, I am using a highly complex agent-based model of human dispersal out of Africa, to better understand the parameters that helped humans spread across all continents.
Part of the fitness landscape of all RNA molecules of length 10.