Team

Staff Profiles

Fahimeh Baftizadeh, Ph.D.

Scientist II

fahimehb@alleninstitute.org

As a part of  the Modeling, Analysis and Theory group, Fahimeh Baftizadeh is developing computational techniques and tools to pursue large-scale, highly detailed and biophysically realistic simulations to study the effect of external electric stimulation on neuron and networks. This study is particularly important in deep brain stimulation (DBS) which is a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms. Prior to the joining Allen institute, she was a postdoctoral associate at MIT where in collaboration with Novartis, she studied selective nucleation of pharmaceutical compounds on biocompatible surfaces. More specifically, she studied heterogeneous nucleation of Paracetamol. Before moving to the United States, she obtained a PhD in physics and chemistry of biological systems form SISSA in Trieste (Italy). At SISSA, she developed computational models for studying amyloid formation which is the hallmark of many neurodegenerative disorders.

Research

Research Interests

I am highly interested in developing methods to simulate biophysically detailed models of neurons. My main contribution is simulating the effect of external electric current on neuron network.

Research Programs

  • Modeling, Analysis and Theory

Selected Publications

A taxonomy of transcriptomic cell types across the isocortex and hippocampal formation

Cell
May 17, 2021

Yao Z, van Velthoven CTJ, Nguyen TN, Goldy J, Sedeno-Cortes AE, Baftizadeh F, Bertagnolli D, Casper T, Chiang M, Crichton K, Ding SL, Fong O, Garren E, Glandon A, Gouwens NW, Gray J, Graybuck LT, Hawrylycz MJ, Hirschstein D, Kroll M, Lathia K, Lee C, Levi B, McMillen D, Mok S, Pham T, Ren Q, Rimorin C, Shapovalova N, Sulc J, Sunkin SM, Tieu M, Torkelson A, Tung H, Ward K, Dee N, Smith KA, Tasic B, Zeng H.

Consistent cross-modal identification of cortical neurons with coupled autoencoders

Nature Computational Science
February 22, 2021

Gala R, Budzillo A, Baftizadeh F, Miller J, Gouwens N, Arkhipov A, Murphy G, Tasic B, Zeng H, Hawrylycz M, Sumbul U

Integrated Morphoelectric and Transcriptomic Classification of Cortical GABAergic Cells

Cell
November 12, 2020

Gouwens NW, Sorensen SA, Baftizadeh F, Budzillo A, Lee BR, Jarsky T, Alfiler L, Baker K, Barkan E, Berry K, Bertagnolli D, Bickley K, Bomben J, Braun T, Brouner K, Casper T, Crichton K, Daigle TL, Dalley R, de Frates RA, Dee N, Desta T, Lee SD, Dotson N, Egdorf T, Ellingwood L, Enstrom R, Esposito L, Farrell C, Feng D, Fong O, Gala R, Gamlin C, Gary A, Glandon A, Goldy J, Gorham M, Graybuck L, Gu H, Hadley K, Hawrylycz MJ, Henry AM, Hill D, Hupp M, Kebede S, Kim TK, Kim L, Kroll M, Lee C, Link KE, Mallory M, Mann R, Maxwell M, McGraw M, McMillen D, Mukora A, Ng L, Ng L, Ngo K, Nicovich PR, Oldre A, Park D, Peng H, Penn O, Pham T, Pom A, Popović Z, Potekhina L, Rajanbabu R, Ransford S, Reid D, Rimorin C, Robertson M, Ronellenfitch K, Ruiz A, Sandman D, Smith K, Sulc J, Sunkin SM, Szafer A, Tieu M, Torkelson A, Trinh J, Tung H, Wakeman W, Ward K, Williams G, Zhou Z, Ting JT, Arkhipov A, Sümbül U, Lein ES, Koch C, Yao Z, Tasic B, Berg J, Murphy GJ, Zeng H