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Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Associate Professor
M454 ECE
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 543-6127
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Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad joined the University of Washington Fall of 2017, and she is the Washington Research Foundation Innovation Associate Professor of Neuroengineering in the Departments of Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering. In her lab, she develops novel tools and technologies to interrogate and understand the nervous system. Her long-term goal is to use these tools and technologies for personalized neurorehabilitation and help restore function in people with neurological and psychiatric disorders. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering at Tehran Polytechnic University and University of Tehran, Iran, respectively, and earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2011. Yazdan-Shahmorad is the recipient of two fellowships from the American Heart Association, 2014 IEEE Brain Grand Challenges Young Investigator Award and the 2017 Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Research Career Development Award. Her research in targeted sensorimotor plasticity was selected as a hot topic of 2016 by the Society for Neuroscience. She received the excellence in mentorship award from the Bioengineering Department in 2019.

Awards and Honors

UW Bioengineering Award for Excellence in Mentorship, 2019

IREK12, Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Research Career Development Award, NIH, 2018-2019,

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professorship in Neuroengineering, Washington Research Foundation, 2017-2022

Neuroscience 2016 Hot Topic abstract, Society of Neuroscience, 2016

One-year Post-doctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association, 2016

Team Science scholarship, University of California, 2015 

Young Investigator Award, IEEE Brain Grand Challenges, 2014

Post-doctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association, 2014-2015

Travel Award, Iranian Neuroscientists Community, Society for Neuroscience, 2013

Featured Student, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2011

Best Student Poster Award, 17th annual meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2009

Student award, 38th Neural Interface Conference, 2008

Summer Course Scholarship, Marine Biological Laboratory, NeuroInformatics course, 2008

Graduate fellowship award, 3rd International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, 2007

Honor student (ranked first in the class of 2003), Graduate program at The University of Tehran

Honor student (ranked 3rd in the class of 2001), Undergraduate program at Tehran Polytechnic, 2001

Research Projects

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Recent Publications