Pooya joined the CSE department in 2019. Before that he was a postdoctoral researcher at UT Austin hosted by David Zuckerman. He has also spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and DIMACS at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2015 under the supervision of Alexander Razborov and Madhur Tulsiani. His research interests lie broadly in theoretical computer science, particularly the role of pseudorandomness and randomness in computational complexity.