Ali was raised in San Diego, CA before moving to São Paulo, Brazil for three years. He attended UCSD where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Bioengineering. As an undergraduate, he developed a STEM immersion program for a local high school. In the lab, Ali investigated new drug delivery techniques to reduce patient non-compliance, which received funding from NSF I-Corps and the UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program. He then continued his studies with Dr. Yingxiao Wang exploring novel methods to remotely activate cells using heat before graduating with an M.S. in 2019. In LSI, Ali is pursuing his Ph.D. to develop new immunotherapies. He loves to travel, eat, and play pick-up sports in his free time.