I obtained an MSc degree in Medical Microbiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. Following completion of my studies, I worked in Professor David Mabay’s group as a Laboratory Scientific Officer in 2006. I undertook my undergraduate studies in Cell and Molecular Biology in Iran followed by a three year post-graduate programme in Public Health. My MSPH thesis involved investigation of atypical mycobacteria in peripheral lymphadenitis which was carried out in the WHO EMRO collaborating regional reference laboratory in Tehran, Iran. In 2007 I joined the Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory at the Hammersmith Hospital, London as a Biomedical Scientist. In 2009, I was awarded an honorary visiting researcher position in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunity at the Imperial College London. In 2013, I embarked on a joint multidisciplinary PhD programme at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London under supervision of Dr Darius Armstrong-James and Professor Matthew Fisher to study the epidemiology of azole resistance in human fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. Since 2014, I scientifically and technically lead the diagnostic medical mycology service in a centralised laboratory at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust based at Charing Cross hospital in London. Moreover, I teach in Infection and Immunity module for medical students at Imperial College. I am an active member of the Royal Society of Biology, British Society of Medical Mycology and Committee member of the British Mycological Society. My main research interests include laboratory diagnosis of invasive fungal infections, emerging fungal pathogens and antifungal drug resistance.