User:Massih Forootan

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  • Data analyst with in-hand experience translating raw data into business measures by developing user-friendly data dashboards and pipelines to support data-driven decisions. The knowledge is backed by 10+ years of background in statistical programming, experimental designs, data cleaning and visualization, and developing automated methods for data cleaning and visualization. Coding portfolio at
  • Research scientist established a biotech laboratory and 7 year working history of defining and implementing research projects and methodologies, writing proposals, and leading and mentoring students and research teams. Selected publications at

Professional Experience

Information Technology & Analysis

  • Data Analyst (as Scientific Support Analyst), Center for Translational Data Science, University of Chicago.
- Developing automated data quality control methodologies to facilitate maintaining large-scale, unstructured data.
- Identifying and resolving issues detected in genomic data commons.
  • Dashboard Developer (as Statistical Analyst), Tennessee Integrated Traffic Analysis Network, State of Tennessee.
- Eliminated the need for 100+ pages of manually generated paper-based reports a month, by building 4 interactive, live dashboards; acquired Paid for Performance (P4P) award.
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (As Development Support) - EFC Systems Inc., Brentwood, Tennessee.
- Identified an algorithm inconsistency across different operating systems by tracking data changes. 

Coaching & Mentoring

  • Assistant Professor - University of Zabol, Iran.
- Taught undergraduate statistics and experimental design courses.
- Provided counseling to students as a means of assisting them in outlining their educational, research, and career goals.
  • Help Desk Support (as Scientific Support Analyst), Center for Translational Data Science, University of Chicago)
- Assisting data common users with troubleshooting data acquisition, submission, and running required scripts and software.
- Troubleshooting and proofreading help documentation.

Research & Development

  • Project Leader (as Research Scientist), Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, Iran.
- Established a cell culture unit and implemented 2 research projects on endangered species conservation and characterization, leading to a Springer publication.
  • Research Supervisor (as Assistant Professor), University of Zabol, Iran.
- Developed low-cost laboratory protocols for 4 research students throughout their projects, cutting expenses to allocate available funding to essential expenses.


  • Head of Department - University of Zabol, Iran.
- Established 4 joint projects with external scientists and research entities to engage students in applied research.
- Acquired approval for the Department to launch PhD program.


  • PhD, Plant Sciences (2005) University of Reading, UK.
  • Data Science Certificate, (2018) Nashville Software School, Tennessee.
  • BSc, Plant Breeding & Agronomy (1995) University of Tehran, Iran.



  • Python
  • Tableau
  • R
  • SAS
  • VBA
  • T-SQL
  • GraphQL


  • Experimental designs
  • Multivariate analysis
  • A/B testing


  • Protoplast culture
  • Gene transformation
  • Karyotype analysis

Link to Publications