Dr Zahra Montazeri

Lecturer in Graphics and Virtual Environ

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Zahra is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Manchester in the department of Computer Science. Her field of research is physics-based computer graphics with a focus on photorealistic rendering and appearance modelling for complex materials such as cloth, hair and fur. Currently, she works with Disney Research through consultancy and collaborates with WetaDigital on joint research projects.

She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, advised by Shuang Zhao and worked with Professor Henrik Wann Jensen. During her studies, she worked at Pixar Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), DreamWorks Animation and for two years at Luxion (makers of KeyShot). She received her M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2017 and her B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2015, Iran.

There are available PhD and Research positions. Please email your inquiries to zahra.montazeri@manchester.ac.uk with a brief description of your background and statement of purpose. 

External positions

Research & Development Intern, Industrial Light & Magic


Research Assistant, Luxion (Makers of KeyShot)


Research & Development Intern, Pixar Animation Studios


Research & Development Intern, DreamWorks Animation SKG


Research Assistant, Koc University



  • Computer Graghics, Rendering, Appearance Modeling, Neural Rendering, Physics-based rendering, Photorealistic rendering

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2021 - Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, Computer Graphics, University of California, Irvine (2015 - 2021)
  • 2018 - Master of Science, Computer Science, University of California, Irvine (2015 - 2017)
  • 2015 - Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2010 - 2014)

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