Ali Farhat

Ali Farhat


Areas of Interest

My research interests lie primarily in using computations to understand the rules which underpin biochemical regulation of cells. To that end, I am working on two projects. The first involves designing a tool to perform inference on ChIP-seq and IPOD data. The aim for the tool is to use data and sequence information to infer both the number and identity of sequence motifs transcription factors use to bind the genome. Ideally, this will allow us both to predict transcription factors de novo and to deduce if a transcription factor may actually bind more than one distinct motif. The second project uses a series of simulations of proteins involved in yeast heterochromatin formation. Through these simulations, we hope to help elucidate the results of experimental collaborators and deduce the specifics of heterochromatin regulation in yeast.


  • B.S., University of Michigan (Biochemistry & Mathematics)
  • M.S., University of Michigan (Biochemistry)