Yashar Ahmadian

Dr Yashar Ahmadian


Yashar is a theoretical physicist turned theoretical neuroscientist. He is based in the Computational and Biological Learning Lab in the Department of Engineering, and studies how the brain processes information and adapts to changes in the sensory environment. 


Yashar Ahmadian

Yashar received his Bachelor's Degree in physics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, after which he started his doctoral studies in theoretical condensed matter physics as an Irene Tramm Memorial Fellow at Columbia University, New York. After receiving his PhD in 2007, Yashar started his research in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience, and became a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University. He was supported by a Patterson Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship followed by a Kavli Postdoctoral Fellowship. Before coming to Cambridge, Yashar was an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon, departments of Mathematics and Biology, and the Institute of Neuroscience. Currently, he is a University Lecturer in AI and Neuroscience in the Department of Engineering.

Yashar leads a research group in the Computational and Biological Learning Lab in the Department of Engineering. His group's research is focused on sensory processing in the brain and how it underlies our perception. A main theme of the research is to connect causal and mechanistic understanding, at the level of biological neural circuits, to teleological understanding that refers to the computational goals of the nervous system. Beyond his daytime research, Yashar keeps an interest in mathematical physics, philosophy, history and politics.

What's on

Photograph by Hannah Lister

Art Exhibition: 'Signs for the Living'

04/02/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Signs for the Living' featuring work by Hannah Lister, winner of this year's Wolfson Royal Academy Schools Graduate prize.


Lent Term College Service

07/02/2023 at 18.15

Wolfson's termly College Service led by our ecumenical Chaplaincy Team.

Old photograph album in the foreground; basket of old documents in the background

WolfWorks - Research data management for your dissertation or thesis

11/02/2023 at 10.00

A hands-on session to help you manage your data - whether copies of archival documents, interview transcripts, code or physical samples.

Photograph by Hannah Lister

Hannah Lister: Signs for the Living Exhibition Opening Event

14/02/2023 at 17.30

We warmly invite you to the opening night of Wolfson’s new exhibition: Hannah Lister - Signs for the Living.