Welcome to my homepage,
I am Ali Khaledi, Ph.D., a physicist and neuroscientist by training as well as a data scientist and AI researcher by practice
Here I am presenting a mix of mostly professional and partly personal updates. I am from Iran and moved to the US in 2014 for my Ph.D. Since then I called the US home. Now I am located in the San Francisco Bay Area. After my Ph.D. at Ohio University, I did a postdoc at the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine; you can read more about my work in my Research summary section. Then I worked for CODA biotherapeutics which was a gene therapy startup focused on developing a treatment for epilepsy. After the company went under due to lack of funding, I moved to Amazon web services (AWS) as a research scientist.
I am trained as a theoretical and computational physicist, I have expertise in the fields of nonlinear dynamics, stochastic processes, signal processing, statistics, biophysics, and network sciences. These days I am into Data science and machine learning, and I use these tools for diverse scientific problems. I am passionate to use my computational skills and neuroscience knowledge to shape the future, build new products, and further our understanding.
I am on a mission to learn new hard and soft skills daily; for that, I have rigorous daily learning routines. I have dedicated two hours of daily learning sessions, one hour is for reading books and the rest is for taking courses. One of the things I love about Amazon is that learning is a principle here. "Learn and Be Curious" is one of the original leadership values set by Jeff Bezos. The more I learn about Jeff, the more I like him, he possesses a truly unique way of problem-solving and it is embedded in the DNA of Amazon. Amazon is a place where I am thinking to stay for a long time.
Last update: 03/2023
March 2023: My Sci rep paper became among the top 100 papers in neuroscience "Dynamics of phase oscillator networks with synaptic weight and structural plasticity"
March 2023: Published a piece in Science Magazine with the printed title of "Priced out of Science", and online title "I almost sold a kidney to pursue my Ph.D." In this piece reflecting on my own difficulties paying for graduate school application fees, and identifying this as an ongoing issue excluding students from less wealthy nations. I got many replies were people told me their versions of going to the extremes to get an education.
March 2023: Started modeling the dynamics of plastic Network-Network interactions
Feb 2023: The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Health, went online
Oct 2022: I joined Amazon as a research scientist in the AWS network capacity team.
Oct 2022: Finished editing the Brain development section of the Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Health, the full book becomes available in early 2023
Sept 2022: A new paper got published in Scientific Reports. "Dynamics of phase oscillator networks with synaptic weight and structural plasticity"
June 2022: A new paper got published in Scientific Reports. This is my first paper as a senior author "Depolarization of echo chambers by random dynamical nudge"
April 2022: A new paper got published in the journal "Frontiers in network physiology" Long-lasting desynchronization of plastic neuronal networks by double-random coordinated reset stimulation
March 2022: I got admitted as a Research scholar at Ronin institute Link to my page at Ronin Institute