Originally from Pakistan, Ali and his family immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Englewood, New Jersey. As a proud New Jerseyan, he stayed in New Jersey and earned his Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, followed by a Master's degree in Biological Science Education at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. After graduating, he taught high school biology and also worked at Khan Academy as a biology content fellow.
Currently, he’s a PhD student in the SESAME program at UC Berkeley where his research focuses on how we can make STEM education more inclusive, interpersonal, and interdisciplinary using bioinspired design. He is advised by Professor Robert Full of the Integrative Biology department and working on the HHMI Eyes Toward Tomorrow Bioinspired Design Program. Ali loves sports, so you can catch him on the basketball court missing wide open 3’s or turning off the TV in frustration as his favorite teams (Nets; Mets; AC Milan) maintain their mediocrity.
Specializations and Interests
STEM Education; Higher Education; Rasch Analysis; Item Response Theory; Design-Based Research