Prof. Hamed S. Najafabadi
Dr. Najafabadi is an Assistant Professor of Human Genetics at McGill University and a Principal Investigator at McGill Genome Centre. His research is focused on decoding the regulatory instructions that control gene expression. By combining machine learning and statistical inference with large genomics datasets, his lab aims to characterize the gene regulatory networks that govern cell identity and function, genetic determinants of their activity, and their association with human diseases. His work encompasses the study of transcription factors, RNA-binding proteins, and non-coding RNAs, and is featured in over forty peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Najafabadi obtained his PhD from McGill University in 2012, where he studied the mechanisms of gene regulation in unicellular eukaryotic parasites. He then moved to University of Toronto as a Banting postdoctoral fellow, working on new machine learning approaches to study the gene regulatory programs of human cells. He joined McGill University as an Assistant Professor in 2016, where he currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Systems Biology of Gene Regulation. He is also a member of the McGill PhD program in Quantitative Life Sciences, an associate member of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, and a Sloan Research Fellow.