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Amir Mortazavigazar

PhD student – Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
  • Models for Environmental Health and Policy Lab
Office 205
205 Duck Pond Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Amir is a Ph.D. student at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (BMVS) in Dr. Ryan Calder’s lab. His main areas of interest include public health, environmental health, and policy. Currently, he is a graduate research assistant for Dr. Calder, addressing environmental questions pertaining to the local and global consequences of decarbonization.

He received a first-class honours degree in environmental engineering from the University of Melbourne before joining Dr. Calder’s lab. In his master’s research, he integrated artificial intelligence and machine learning in a virtual energy assessment that yielded promising results. Those results were published in this article.

In addition to his research, Amir is an active participant of the Interfaces of Global Change Fellowship Program that promotes interdisciplinary work across Virginia Tech campuses. He also represents graduate students from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in the Virginia Tech Graduate and Professional Student Senate.


2021       Master of Environmental Engineering
                University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia

2014       Bachelor of  Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
                Amirkabir University, Tehran, Iran