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Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie (IEA) Computer-Assisted Paleoanthropology

Ali Rezaee Vahdati

Ali Rezaee Vahdati

Ali Rezaee Vahdati

Postdoctoral researcher, Anthropological Institute, University of Zurich

Research interests

I am interested in studying biological complex systems; What are the properties of biological complex systems? what are the different processes affectingthis complexity?

Currently, at Christoph Zollikofer’s group and as a postdoctoral researcher, I am using complex agent-based models of human dispersal from Africa to better understand factors that helped humans spread across all continents.

During my PhD, at Andreas Wagner’s group, I worked with fitness landscapes inspired by thermodynamics of RNA folding, as well as empirical fitness landscapes of transcription factor binding sites, to understand the effect of population size on the rate of adaptation.


2017 - Postdoctoral researcher
University of Zurich, Switzerland
2012 - 2017 Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology
University of Zurich, Switzerland
2011 Master of Science, Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
University of Manchester, UK
2006-2010 Bachelor of Science, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics
Azad University, Iran

Selected Publications

  • Vahdati AR, Wagner A (2017).
    Population size affects adaptation in complex ways: simulations on empirical adaptive landscapes.
    Evolutionary Biology. 2017.
  • Vahdati AR, Sprouffske K, Wagner A (2017).
    Effect of Population Size and Mutation Rate on the Evolution of RNA Sequences on an Adaptive Landscape Determined by RNA Folding.
    International Journal Biological Sciences. 2017;13(9):1138\u201351.
  • Vahdati AR, Wagner A (2016).
    Parallel or convergent evolution in human population genomic data revealed by genotype networks.
    BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2016;16(1), 154.
  • Dall’Olio GM, Vahdati AR, Bertranpetit J, Wagner A, Laayouni H (2014).
    VCF2Networks: applying Genotype Networks to Single Nucleotide Variants data.
    Bioinformatics. 2014;4–5.
  • Kaerst S, Vahdati AR, Brockmann G, Hager R (2012).
    Genomic imprinting and genetic effects on muscle traits in mice.
    BMC Genomics 2012;13:408


Institute of Anthropology
University of Zurich-Irchel
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich
Office phone: +41 44 635 5428
E-mail: ali.rezaee (at)