Nima Abedpour

CMMC-Research Building, Robert-Koch-Straße 21, 50931 Cologne, Germany. nima.abedpour(at)

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at University Hospital Cologne, affiliated with department of translational genomics at the university of Cologne. I consider myself as an interdisciplinary scientist working at the interface between Physics, Information Technology and Biology.

I received my PhD in physics in the field of Complex Systems in 2009 at the Sharif University in Tehran. Throughout my physics education and a short postdoc after that, my work was mainly focused on statistical and computational physics. My curiosity about “The Life” brought me toward biology research. In 2011, I was granted an EMBO Fellowship to study biological networks especially bacterial metabolic networks. From then on, I have been doing research in theoretical biology from different aspects. My research has benefited from machine learning approaches such as Deep Learning, statistical analysis, and mathematical modeling.

Currently I am focused on cancer genomics research.


Computational Cancer Genomics, Department of translational genomics, the university of Cologne, Germany

Postdoctoral researcher

March 2016 - Present

Mathematische Modellierung biologischer Systeme, Heinrich- Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

Postdoctoral researcher

October 2011 - March 2016

School of physics, Institute for research in fundamental sciences (IPM), Tehran- Iran

Postdoctoral researcher

December 2009 - October 2011


Sharif University Of Technology

Physics - Complex Systems

2004 - 2009

Sharif University Of Technology


2003 - 2004

Iran University Of Science and Technology

Physics - Condensed Matter

1999 - 2003

National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET), Tehran, Iran

Mathematics Diploma

1995 - 1999


Peer-reviewed Journals
  • Genomic and functional fidelity of small cell lung cancer patient-derived xenografts
    BJ Drapkin, et al. Cancer discovery 8 (5), 600-615 (2018)
  • Clonal dynamics towards the development of venetoclax resistance in chronic lymphocytic leukemia
    CD Herling*, N Abedpour*, et al. Nature communications 9 (1), 727 (2018)
  • *equal contribution
  • Resource Constrained Flux Balance Analysis predicts Selective Pressure on the Global Structure of Metabolic Networks
    N Abedpour and M Kollmann, BMC Systems Biology, 9, 88 (2015)
  • Topological electric current from time-dependent elastic deformations in graphene
    A Vaezi, N Abedpour, et al. Phys. Rev. B. 88, 125406 (2013)
  • Strains and pseudomagnetic fields in circular graphene rings
    N Abedpour, et al. Phys. Rev. B 84, 115437 (2011)
  • Conductance of a bilayer graphene in the presence of a magnetic field: Effect of disorder
    H Hatami, N Abedpour, et al. Phys. Rev. B 83, 125433 (2011)
  • Diffusive motion of C60 on a graphene sheet
    M Neek-Amal, N Abedpour, et al. Phys. Rev. E 82, 051605 (2010)
  • Irreversibility in Response to Forces Acting on Graphene Sheets
    N Abedpour, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 196804 (2010)
  • Anderson localization and propagation of electromagnetic waves through disordered media
    A Sheikhan, N Abedpour, et al. Waves in Random and Complex Media, 20, 191 - 200 (2010)
  • Conductance of a disordered graphene superlattice
    N Abedpour, et al. Phys. Rev. B 79, 165412 (2009)
  • Roughness of undoped graphene and its short-range induced gauge field
    N Abedpour et al. Phys. Rev. B 76, 195407 (2007)
  • Stochastic \phi^4-theory in the strong coupling limit
    N Abedpour et al. Nucl. Phys. B, 761, 93-108 (2007)
  • Discrete scale invariance and its logarithmic extension
    N Abedpour, et al. Nucl. Phys. B, 655, 342-352, (2003)


  • Big-Data Analysis
  • Stochastic Data Analysis
  • Deep Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • High Performance Computing
  • GPU Programming

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