Education and Training

Professional Researcher, Department of Neurology,
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Mentor(s): Josh Berke, Ph.D. | Vikaas Sohal, M.D., Ph.D. | Vijay Namboodiri, Ph.D.
Main Project: Dopaminergic Modulation of Prefrontal cortex During Working Memory
Skills: Two-photon imaging and holographic stimulation | Head-fixed mouse behavior | Neuropixel recording
Contributions: One paper submitted and available on biorxiv

Postdoc Scholar, Department of Neurology,
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Mentor: Josh Berke, PhD
Main Project: Dopamine Dynamics in Learning and Memory
Skills: In vivo electrophysiology in freely moving rats | Opto-tagging of DA cells | Multi-color fiber photometry
Contributions: Two first-authored papers in Nature and Nature MethodsOne first-authored paper under revision in Nature Neuroscience

Postdoc Scholar, Department of Psychology,
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Mentor: Josh Berke, PhD
Main Project: Investigating the Role of Striatal Microcircuits in Reinforcement Learning
Skills: Reinforcement Learning Models | Optogenetics | 3D Digital Design | 
Behavioral Experiment Design and Implementation using Low-cost Custom Equipments

Ph.D Student, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Michigan State University
Thesis Advisor: Karim Oweiss, PhD
Main Project: Neural Mechanisms of Action Selection: Implications for Brain-Machine Interfaces
Skills: Neural Signal Processing | BMI decoding algorithms | Silicon Probe Recording
Contributions: Papers in IEEE TNSRE, JNE, and JOVE | One paper available on biorxiv | Ph.D. Thesis

M.Sc. Student, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of Tehran
Mentor: Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh, PhD
Main Project: Extraction of Left Ventricular Torsion Using Tagged Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Skills: Medical Imaging Systems | Digital Image Processing | Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
Contributions: M.Sc. Thesis | Conference Poster

B.Sc. Student, Department of Electrical Engineering,
Sharif University of Technology
Thesis Advisor: Mehran Jahed, Ph.D.
Main Project: Linear and Non-linear Modeling of Heart Rate Variability Using Dynamical Systems
Skills: Dynamical System Modeling | Modern Control Systems | Digital Signal Processing | C++, MATLAB
Contribution: B.Sc. Thesis

Selected Publications

  • Mohebi, A. , Wei, W, and Berke, J.D. (2022). A Spectrum of Time Horizons for Dopamine Signals. biorxiv (Under revision, Nature Neuroscience).
  • Mohebi, A., Pettibone, J.R., Hamid, A.A., Wong, J.-M.T., Vinson, L.T., Patriarchi, T., Tian, L., Kennedy, R.T., and Berke, J.D. (2019). Dissociable dopamine dynamics for learning and motivation. Nature 570, 65–70.
  • Patriarchi, T., Mohebi, A., Sun, J., Marley, A., Liang, R., Dong, C., Puhger, K., Mizuno, G.O., Davis, C.M., Wiltgen, B., et al. (2020). An expanded palette of dopamine sensors for multiplex imaging in vivo. Nat. Methods 17, 1147–1155.

Citations according to Google Scholar: 893 (h-index: 8)


Research Support

  • NIMH K01, 2021-2024
    Dopaminergic modulation of prefrontal cortex during working memory.
    PI: Ali Mohebi
    Annual Direct Cost: $177,842.00
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2021-2023
    Nicotinic Modulation Of Dopamine Release In Nucleus Accumbens (NAc).
    PI: Ali Mohebi
    Annual Direct Cost: $35,000.00
  • Kavli Foundation seed grant, 2019
    A database of dopamine cell recordings in freely-moving rats.
    PI: Ali Mohebi , Josh Berke
    Annual Direct Cost: $10,000.00


  • Ad-hoc reviewer for: Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, eLife, Cell Reports, eNeuro, COSYNE, Neural Networks, PLoS One, Frontiers in Neuroscience.
  • Learning in carbon and silicon seminar series, Stanford University, Co-organizer, 2022.
  • NeuroLaunchpad, Co-founder, Fall 2020
  • Virtual Dopamine Meeting (ViDA), Co-founder, Spring 2020
  • Postdoc representative, Search committee for the Dean for postdoctoral  scholars, UCSF Summer 2019 
  • Graduate Student Representative, Search committee for the Dean of the college of engineering, MSU Summer 2014
  • Graduate Student representative, Commencement Committee, MSU 2013-2014
  • Graduate Student representative, Instructional Computing and Technology Committee, MSU 2013-2014
  • Chair, Council of Graduate Students constitution and bylaws committee, MSU  2013-2014


  • Psychiatry Trainee Research Award , UCSF, Spring 2020, San Francisco, CA
  • Poster award, Catecholamines Gordon Research Conference (GRC), 2019 Newry, ME

Invited Talks

  • Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. 2022
  • Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience, Lyon, France. 2022
  • Winter Brain Conference on Brain Research, Snowmass, CO. 2022
  • Neuroscience Seminar. Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. 2021
  • SPiNES seminar. New York University, New York, NY. 2020
  • Psychiatry Grand Rounds, UCSF, San Francisco, CA. 2020
  • Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, East Lansing, MI. 2020
  • Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL. 2019
  • Winter Brain Conference on Brain Research, Snowmass, CO. 2019
  • Gordon Research Conference: Basal Ganglia, Ventura, CA. 2018