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Dr. Ali Makki grew up in Ohio, USA where he subsequently received his college education. Even before the start of his undergraduate studies, he had an active and passionate interest in Iranian literature and Zoroastrianism because of his family heritage, and he studied these subjects further at an academic level while pursuing a medical career.  In the outset, he started his education in electrical engineering at the University of Dayton and later completed his premedical studies at Wright State University. In 1997, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also founded the Penn Zoroastrian Society.  He has been active in promoting inter-faith and inter-cultural dialog in North America and has been a student of the Gathas and other Zoroastrian religious texts for many years.  Dr. Makki has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Iran, and besides English, he is also fluent in German and Persian.  He also has training in Avestan, Old Persian, and Middle Persian and often relies on primary sources for his research. He has produced numerous articles and has given many presentations and lectures on Zoroastrianism and related topics to various audiences around the world.  He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he is completing his post-doctoral training in Orofacial Pain and Headache at UCLA.

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