Originally from Tehran, Iran, Reza immigrated to the U.S. in his early teens and grew up in Santa Monica, CA. Reza graduated summa cum laude with both departmental and college honors from UCLA with a BA in philosophy in 2013. As an undergrad, he took an active role in various leadership positions and was president of Alpha Gamma Honor Society and Iranian Student Club, among others. Reza finds the brain-gut-microbiome interactions and its key role in gastrointestinal, emotional and behavioral disorders fascinating and a
s the research coordinator for multiple on-going projects at Dr. Jacobs’s Laboratory, he hopes to help in seeking a better understanding of the brain-gut-microbiome relationship. He enjoys reading, exercising, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering during his free time. He plans to attend medical school in the near future.