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Student Profile: Niloufar Abhari
Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies doctoral student in the Faculty of Science
Niloufar is a Ph.D. student who is working at the intersection of math, biology, and computer science at SFU. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and a master’s degree in Computer Science. During her master’s, she was a member of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Lab at the University of Tehran, Iran, working on imputation methods on sparse single-cell data, and constructing phylogenetic trees. Currently, her research is focused on different biological and mathematical measures of diversity on split systems.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I choose to come to SFU since I was intrigued by interdisciplinary areas of research involving mathematics, computer science and biology, and SFU is one of the leading universities with great backgrounds and research groups in this area including my research group, the MAGPIE lab in the Mathematics Department.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
My research involves using mathematical tools to define and evaluate diversity measures for solving real-life problems.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I enjoy the welcoming and supportive environment in the department of mathematics and biology at SFU which makes it appealing to connect to people with different backgrounds, enhance my network and ask for help in research or work.
Contact Niloufar: firstname.lastname@example.org