McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre
740 Dr. Penfield Avenue, Room 7202
Montréal, Québec, H3A 0G1, Canada



  • 2015-present: Assistant Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Canada



  • 2012-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
    Research focus: Characterization of transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulatory programs in eukaryotic organisms
    Advisors: Timothy R. Hughes, Brendan J. Frey
  • 2007-2011: PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    Thesis title: A systems approach towards functional annotation of the genome of Trypanosoma brucei
    Advisor: Reza Salavati
  • 2006-2007: M.Sc. in Medical Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
    Thesis title: Isolation and characterization of phage-displayed single chain variable fragment antibodies against the hepatitis B surface antigen
    Advisor: Mahmood Chamankhah
  • 2002-2006: B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran



  • 2013: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada
  • 2012: Charles H. Best Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2008: Lloyd Carr-Harris Fellowship, McGill University, Canada
  • 2007: McGill Center for Bioinformatics Fellowship, McGill University, Canada
  • 2007: Max Stern Fellowship, McGill University, Canada
  • 2007: Recruitment Excellence Fellowship, McGill University, Canada
  • 2004: Ministry of Science, Research and Technology Fellowship, Iran
  • 2002: University of Tehran Fellowship, Iran
  • 2002: Presidential Award for Exceptional Talents, Iran
  • 2002: Silver medal, The 13th International Biology Olympiad, Latvia
  • 2001: Gold medal, The 4th National Biology Olympiad, Iran



† Equal contribution (underlined)

  • Najafabadi HS †, Mnaimneh S †, Schmitges FW †, Garton M, Lam K, Yang A, Albu M, Weirauch MT, Radovani E, Kim PM, Greenblatt J, Frey BJ, Hughes TR (2015). C2H2 zinc finger proteins greatly expand the human regulatory lexicon. Nat Biotechnol, 33:555-562.
  • Ray D †, Kazan H †, Cook K †, Weirauch M †, Najafabadi HS †, Li X, Albu M, Zheng H, Yang A, Na H, Guerrousov S, Irimia M, Matzat L, Dale R, Smith S, Yarosh C, Kelly S, Nabet B, Mecenas D, Li W, Laishram R, Qiao M, Lipshitz H, Piano F, Corbett A, Carstens R, Frey B, Anderson R, Lynch K, Penalva L, Lei E, Blencowe B, Fraser A, Morris Q, Hughes T (2013). A compendium of RNA binding motifs for decoding gene regulation. Nature 499:172–177.
  • Najafabadi HS †, Lu Z †, MacPherson C, Mehta V, Adoue V, Pastinen T, Salavati R. 2013. Global identification of conserved post-transcriptional regulatory programs in trypanosomatids. Nucleic Acids Res 41:8591-8600.
  • Goodarzi H, Najafabadi HS, Oikonomou P, Greco TM, Fish L, Salavati R, Cristea IM, Tavazoie S (2012). Systematic discovery of structural elements governing stability of mammalian messenger RNAs. Nature 485:264-8.
  • Najafabadi HS †, Goodarzi H †, Salavati R (2009). Universal function-specificity of codon usage. Nucleic Acids Res 37:7014-23.



  • Computational biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Systems Biology
  • Big Data
  • Machine Learning
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry