Ali completed a joint multidisciplinary Ph.D. programme between the National Heart and Lung Institute (Dr. Darius Armstrong-James) and the Department of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (Professor Matthew Fisher) at Imperial College London. His project investigated the epidemiology of emerging azole resistance in human fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. In collaboration with Dr. Johanna Rhodes, he deployed whole-genome sequencing to investigate genetic alterations conferring resistance to triazole antifungal agents.
Ali obtained an MSc degree in Medical Microbiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. His MSc thesis titled Detection of Trichomonas vaginalis by colorimetric PCR. Following the completion of his studies, he worked in Professor David Mabay’s laboratory as a Laboratory Scientific Officer in 2006.
Ali undertook his undergraduate studies in Cell and Molecular Biology in Iran followed by a three-year post-graduate programme in Public Health. His MSPH thesis involved the investigation of atypical mycobacteria in peripheral lymphadenitis which was carried out in the WHO EMRO collaborating regional reference laboratory in Tehran, Iran.
In 2007 he joined the Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory at the Hammersmith Hospital as a Biomedical Scientist. In 2009, he was awarded a visiting researcher position in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunity at the Imperial College London.
Ali is an HCPC registered Clinical Scientist since 2003 and is currently responsible for fungal diagnostics at King's College Hospital in London.
From 2013 to 2020, as an experienced medical mycologist, he scientifically and technically led the fungal diagnostic service in a centralised mycology laboratory in North West London Pathology based at Charing Cross hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
He works closely with consultant microbiologists and clinical teams in other disciplines including infectious diseases, respiratory medicine, dermatology, and histopathology in order to improve the diagnosis of fungal infections.
Since 2015, Ali lectures in several courses in different universities in London:
- BSc Immunity and Infection, Imperial College London
- MSc Medical Microbiology, Queen Mary University of London
- MSc Medical Microbiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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