Employee Spotlight - Farnoosh Khodakarami

Dr. Farnoosh Khodakarami is a computer scientist with a background in machine learning, software development and algorithm design. She has also extensive research and teaching experience in different subjects of computer science. Farnoosh received her Ph.D. degree in computer science. She has experience in applying new computer vision and deep learning approaches in the context of healthcare data including proteomics, genomics, and radiological images. She did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Princess Margaret cancer research center and the University of Toronto. She is on Cyclica’s machine learning team tasked with developing and maintaining machine learning software.

What do you like most about your job?

Since I was a child, my favourite thing has always been mathematics and algorithms. I also always want a job that helps people and has a positive impact on the world outside the office. Working in Cyclica as a Machine learning researcher and Computer scientist provides me with the opportunity to explore both my passions: solving problems and having an effect on the healthcare industry.

What’s the best career lesson you have learned so far?

Looking after your health should be your number one priority. If you begin to become so invested in work that you end up feeling anxious, stressed, or physically ill, then you know that it is time for a change. I learn in Cyclica to try to care more about myself and then I would be more successful and productive in my work. 

Image from iOS (3)How do you define success?

I believe that no matter what you are doing  as you progress through life and be fully present in whatever you are doing then this is a success. You don’t need to wait for a specific moment then.

What was your first job?

In my first job I was working as a teacher and after that also I teach in several different levels of studies. Always the best rewarding part of the teaching is the time which you see the progress in the student. On top of that, the time which you see some of them get expert and these courses help them to get a job they like.

What books do you want to read?

The book I currently read is:

Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behavior and Feel Great Again by Jeffrey E. Young (Author), Janet S. Klosko (Author), Aaron T. Beck (Foreword)

Two of America's leading psychologists, Jeffrey E. Young, Ph.D., and Janet S. Klosko, Ph.D., show readers how to free themselves from negative life patterns. Written with compassion as well as clinical insight, this thought-provoking book guides readers through the process of identifying "life traps." For example, "Do you put the needs of others before your own? Are you drawn into relationships with people who are self-centered, cold to you, misunderstand you, or use you? Do you feel inadequate compared to people around you?" Followed by an engaging discussion that makes use of case studies, this book can help people change their lives by stopping the cycle of self-destruction.

The next book I want to read This is the first time I read one of Eckart Tolle book and I want to see more about it:

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle is a nonfiction book about individual spiritual enlightenment and how this can positively affect humankind. To further evolve, humanity must now shift away from ego-based identification, with its excessive attachments to the material world, emotional pain, and endless thoughts, and toward a way of existence or "being" that recognizes the presence of a unified, divine spirit in everyone. The ego provides an illusory sense of self, one that reinforces the idea of human separation and that leads to negative behaviors and toxic emotions.

What's something most people don't know about you?

I love painting, photography, and generally poem and art. One thing I really like when I am alone is to read poems loudly.

What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?

There are lots of things I enjoy doing including working out, painting, playing tennis, walking, hiking, listening to audiobooks, learning new things and hanging out with friends.

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