Her research focuses on the assessment of hazardous emissions from electronic-cigarettes including various aldehydes and methylglyoxal and transmission and control of airborne infectious diseases such as measles and coronavirus in various micro-environments. 

Zahra holds a B.Sc. in civil engineering and an M.Sc. in structural engineering. Her graduate research work was focused on applications of artificial intelligence techniques in predicting building characteristics. She also has a background in indoor environmental engineering. Before joining the for-Health team, Zahra worked as an indoor air consultant at the company Indoor Science in Chicago, IL.