Hakhamanesh has an undergraduate degree in Polymer Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic (2010) and M.S. in Macromolecular Materials from Royal Institute of Technology, KTH (2012). He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Previously at Columbia, he developed models of membrane fusion during neurotransmitter release before becoming interested in evolutionary genetics. He now works on natural selection in contemporary humans.