Nafiseh Sedaghat

People Profiles

November 09, 2018

Computing Science PhD student in the Faculty of Applied Sciences

I am a second year PhD student in Computer Science doing research in the field of bioinformatics that is analysis of biological data.

Why did you choose to come to SFU?

It is somehow complicated: I did not choose SFU to continue my education, I did choose my supervisor to join his lab as a researcher and when it did not work due to the rules, he offered me a PhD position and I accepted his offer.  Of course, when I was applying for a job at my supervisor's lab, I did choose SFU because SFU has a prestigious CS program and being affiliated with SFU is  a pleasure.

Tell us about your research and/or program.

I do research in two directions. The first direction is reconstruction of metabolic networks in a specific tissue or disease. Such metabolic network can shed light on changes in system biology due to a condition. This research can be helpful for laboratory researchers who study diseases.
The second direction of my research is predicting drug resistance in pathogenic bacteria. Drug resistance is the ability for a disease-causing bacteria to resist treatment with an antibiotic. In this project, we aim to understand the factors that cause antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria and predict drug resistance from genomic data.

What are you particularly enjoying about your studies/research at SFU?

At SFU there are various opportunities that a researcher can talk about his/her research. Additionally, most of projects are multidisciplinary such that professors from different departments or even institutes are involved. Working with people who have different background makes more opportunities for learning that is awesome for a graduate student.

Do you have any advice for prospective graduate students/postdoctoral fellows?

Since I have started my higher education till now, I have experienced different schools and worked with different people. What I have learned is that although graduating from a prestigious school is priceless, working with nice people who encourage and support the student is more important.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

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