Interview with Dr Navideh Noori from the Institute for Disease Modeling and guest editor of SMB newsletter
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What is your current role and how long have you been there?
I am a research scientist at Institute for Disease Modelling (IDM). I have been at IDM for about 9 months.
What do you like best about your role?
The best think I like at IDM is being involved in different public health and infectious disease modelling related projects and working with different groups of researchers at IDM and outside IDM.
Why did you choose your current career path?
I love doing research and I love being involved in different projects. IDM has given me the freedom and flexibility of defining my own research projects and also working closely with great researchers towards the goal of eradicating different infectious diseases.
What is one project you currently work on and what does it involve?
I work on different projects. One of the projects I’m involved in focuses on application of hydrological modelling and developing floodplain maps to help identify the mosquito breeding habitat for Malaria disease. I also work on a different project focusing on developing an infectious disease dynamical model in a multi-pathogen system to understand how infection with one pathogen can affect the severity, transmissibility or susceptibility to cocirculating pathogens.
Where is the best place you have travelled for work? And why?
I travelled to Austin, TX to attend a conference and to give a talk few years ago. The trip was great because I received very useful feedback on my talk and also could start new collaborations with some researchers at the conference. Also, I had the chance to explore the city with my colleagues which overall made it a great trip.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
The best advice I have received was to be open to learn new things and new methods, to read books and journal articles as much as I can to know and learn more about other researchers work, and also to help myself find questions and problems that challenge me and interest me.
Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know.
I play a Persian musical instrument called “Tar”. I started learning how to play Tar few years ago. I’ve been taking classes for it once a week early morning via skype. My current and former colleagues have not seen me playing it.