Pardis Sabeti: an Iranian-American computational biologist, medical geneticist and evolutionary geneticist

Pardis C. Sabeti (Persian: پردیس ثابتی‎‎) (born December 25, 1975 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-American computational biologist, medical geneticist and evolutionary geneticist, who developed a bioinformatic statistical method which identifies sections of the genome that have been subject to natural selection and an algorithm which explains the effects of genetics on the evolution of disease.[1][2][3][4][5]

In 2014, Sabeti headed a group which used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single point of infection from an animal reservoir to a human in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.[6]RNA changes suggests that the first human infection was followed by exclusive human to human transmissions.[7]

Sabeti is a full professor in the Center for Systems Biology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard Universityand on the faculty of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is a senior associate member at the Broad Institute.[8] She is the head of the Sabeti Lab.[9]

Sabeti also is the current host of the educational series “Against All Odds: Inside Statistics” sponsored by Annenberg Learner. Her show is included in many high school statistics curriculums, such as the Statistics 1 course.[10]

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