Amir holds a B.Sc. in Applied Physics (Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran), M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada) and a PhD in Mathematics (2010) (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada). In his PhD research he applied stochastic differential methods to study the long term effects of mutation and migration on distribution of alleles in a two-island model of population substructure. Upon completion of his PhD he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of mathematics and statistics at the Université de Montréal (UdeM), under the supervision of Dr. Sabin Lessard. In his postdoctoral work at UdeM, he approximated the probability of fixation of a new mutant under selection using the Ancestral Recombination-Selection Graph and studied the effect of recombination and epistasis on the rate of adaptation. His current research is focused on inferring the past demographic changes in populations based on sequence data.