Dr Fatemeh Vafaee

Senior Lecturer
2106, L2 West, Bioscience South E26
(+612) 9385 3281
(+612) 9385 1480


  • 2017–current: Senior Lecturer, School of BABS
  • 2013-2017: Research Fellow (Systems Biology) Charles Perkins Centre
    and School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Sydney
  • 2011-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Biology,
    University Health Network and Ontario Cancer Institute, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2008-2011: PhD, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA


There is a well-recognised hierarchy of systems in life, from the genetic through to the organism and population levels. These systems are complex and exhibit emergent properties not possessed by individual components. Systems biology builds on this fundamental concept, creating a trans-disciplinary field that describes how individual components are organised into (temporal/spatial) networks to predict their emergent behaviour.

Fatemeh’s research group is focused on applying a 'systems' way-of-thinking triggered by advanced computational/ statistical approaches to integrate diverse datatypes towards a better understanding of biological systems and unravelling the molecular complexities underlying pathogenesis.

Fatemeh received her BSc in mathematics and computer engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2006. She was awarded her PhD in 2011 in machine learning and artificial intelligence at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Computer Science. During her PhD, Fatemeh conducted several research projects on developing and applying advanced techniques in optimisation, machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition, data science and predictive analytics.

Fatemeh then joined the University of Toronto, University Health Network and Ontario Cancer Institute as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on integrative computational biology and cancer informatics. She collaborated on several projects that required analysis of large-scale genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic databases to get new insights on cancer diagnosis and therapy. In 2013, Fatemeh joined the University of Sydney, School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Charles Perkins Centre as a Research Fellow in systems biology. She has been involved in and led multiple multidisciplinary biomedical projects requiring high-throughput big data analysis from multiple sources.




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