Dr Rokny joined UNSW on a highly prestigious and competitive UNSW Scientia Program (UNSW Scientia Program aims to attract the best and brightest scientists with outstanding research records in October 2019. He is now Head of BioMedical Machine Learning Lab (BML), at the UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering. He is also Heath Data Analytics Program Leader of AI-enabled Processes (AIP) Research Centre. Dr Rokny received his master degree in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (Ranked 1st) and his Ph.D in Systems Biology and Machine Learning from UNSW Australia, Dec 2017.
His research focuses on using cutting-edge Systems Biology and Advanced Health Data Analytics techniques in conjunction with genome-wide data to understand the impact of genomic variants on genetic diseases and disorders. Dr Rokny is currently leading multiple international projects (jointly with UWA, Uni Adelaide, SUT, and Texas Biomed) investigating the impacts of non-coding regulatory variants in genetic diseases (in particular neurodevelopmental disorders and breast cancer) through integration of Hi-C, ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, and genomic variants. He is keen to see accurate diagnostic genomic tools implemented into the clinic to improve the health care and genomic-based treatments in the Australian health system.
As a young and early career scientist, Dr Rokny has published 42publications; he has been able to secure several national and international grants/fellowships. He has received 28 prizes, honours, awards and also was able to secure multiple national and international awards and grants (totally $3.98M as CI) including highly competitive tenure-track UNSW Scientia Program Fellowship, Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA 2022), two NHMRC MERIT awards, two international awards for my work on Autism from the International Quebec Autism Research Training (QART) program and the International Fellowship Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS), two awards from UNSW Cellular Genomics Futures Institute, four external and one internal travel grants to present my research at national and international conferences and workshops. He has also received the best presentation prize in prestigious international conference Human Genome Meeting (HUGO) 2019. Dr Rokny also awarded highly competitive international PhD scholarship from UNSW. Additionally, He has been invited to serve as Keynote Speaker and program committee members of national and international conferences including prestigious International HUGO 2020 (HUGO ECR symposium organization team), Pasteur Institute (invited talk), Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
• Honorary Lecturer Fellow, University of Macquarie, Oct 2020-current
• Awarded Travel grant from Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences as invited speaker, Feb 2020
• Health Data Analytics Program Leader, AI-enabled Processes (AIP) Research Centre, Dec 2019-curent
• Awarded MBSJ2019 (42nd Annual Meeting of the Molecular Biology) Travel Award, Japan, Dec 2019
• Prize RIKEN-HUGO award for best oral presentation in HUGO 2019, South Korea, Oct 2019
• Awarded highly competitive tenure-track UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program in Aug 2019
• Offered, Vice-chancellor fellowship grant from RMIT Australia, May 2019 (declined in favour of UNSW Scientia Program).
• Awarded HDR conference support grant from UNSW Sydney, Jul 2015
• Awarded Travel grant from University of Tehran as invited speaker, Tehran, Feb 2015
• Prize, Ph.D scholarship from UNSW Sydney, Mar 2013
• Prize, Top-up scholarship from the faculty of medicine, UNSW Sydney, Mar 2013
• Prize, Ph.D Scholarship from the University of Newcastle, Australia, Jul 2012
• Prize, Travel award from Faculty of Engineering, The University Newcastle, Australia, Jul 2012
• Awarded Government scholarship for Bachelor and Master degrees, (tuition fee waived)
• Dean’s award, for being Top Student during Master’s degree, Science and Research University of Tehran, 2010
• Honour, Ranked 1 (of 700) with the overall GPA (19.31/20) in Master’s degree (Top Student), Science and Research University of Tehran, Sep 2010
• Prize in a National Mathematics Olympiad, ranked the fourth top person among 10,000 people.
Dr Rokny’s research focuses on using cutting-edge systems biology and advanced health data analytics techniques in conjunction with genome-wide data to understand the impact of genomic variants on genetic diseases and disorders. He is also interested to develop novel machine learning techniques, in particular, deep convolutional neural network, clustering, clustering, classification, feature selection, and evolutionary algorithms.
Dr Rokny has extensive experience in the analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data from different platforms (Roche, SOLiD, Illumina, and Helicos) and protocols (Hi-C, Structural variants, Single point mutations, GWAS, RNA-seq, CAGE, small RNA, ChIP-seq, and Single-cell). The move to UNSW Biomedical Engineering school has allowed him to translate his engineering and medical research on mammalian systems onto clinically relevant questions such as identification of novel biomarkers, drug targets.
Dr. Rokny is currently looking for Research Associate/Assistant, Ph.D/Master/Honours students to join his BML Lab. The research projects will mainly focus on using cutting-edge Systems Biology and Advanced Health Data Analytics techniques in conjunction with genome-wide data to understand biological and medical related problems.
There are several scholarships available for both international and domestic students. Please see the following links for more information:
Biomedical Informatics (BIOM9540)