Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani

Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University under the mentorship of Prof. Erwin Goldberg in Cell and Molecular Biology. He joined Prof. Jack Szostak’s group at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for his postdoctoral work, where he used directed evolution to study RNA catalysis. He subsequently moved to the Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, as a Group Leader. He developed several high throughput platforms for experimental interrogation of coding and metabolic potentials of humans and the model green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Salehi-Ashtiani joined New York University Abu Dhabi in 2011 as an Associate Professor of Biology and served as the Managing Director of NYUAD Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) until 2017. His group at NYU Abu Dhabi explores fundamental and applied questions on algae and other organisms through genomics, systems, and synthetic biology.

Most research interests for a scientist

Genomics and systems biology of algae


  • Genomics
  • Systems biology
  • Metabolic modeling