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.

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A picture of the Item and Food donate and take during Wolfson's Freshers Week 2021

Item&Food donate'n'take 2022

18/06/2022 at 09.00

A circular economy at Wolfson. A collaboration of the Wolfson Green Society, Student Association and Interdisciplinary Sustainability & Conservation Hub.

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

25/06/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public, Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

Judas Tree

Festival of Wellbeing: Wolfson's Tree Trail

27/06/2022 at 10.00

A self-guided Tree Trail around the beautiful and varied garden 'rooms' of the grounds of Wolfson College.

Jane at Zoom Event

Wolfson College Foundation Day Celebration 2022

30/06/2022 at 09.30

Join us for our annual Celebration of the Foundation of Wolfson College

Graduands preparing for graduation ceremony

Graduation Ceremony - General Admission

02/07/2022 at 09.30

This is the main graduation ceremony at which most undergraduate students proceed to their first degree at the end of their final term.