Parvin Shahrestani

Contact Information

Office: MH 103E

Phone: 657-278-4233


Parvin Shahrestani

AssiStant Professor


Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

PhD, University of California, Irvine

BS, University of California, Irvine

Research Areas

Evolutionary genomics, population genetics, experimental evolution, aging, immunity, Drosophila melanogaster

Courses Regularly Taught

Elements of Biology (Biol 101)

Genetics (Biol 251)

Biology of Aging (Biol 306)

Principles of Evolution (Biol 325)

Advances in Ecology and Evolution: Evolutionary Genomics of Aging (Biol 481) 


Shahrestani, P., Burke, M.K., Birse, R., Kezoz, J.N., Ocorr, K., Mueller, L.D., Rose, M.R., and Bodmer, R. 2017. Experimental evolution and heart function in Drosophila. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 90:0.

Shahrestani, P., Wilson, J., Mueller, L.D., and Rose, M.R. 2016. Patterns of physiological decline due to age and selection in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 70: 2550-2561.

Mueller, L.D., Shahrestani, P., Rauser C.L., and Rose, M.R. 2016. The death spiral: predicting death in Drosophila cohorts. Biogereontology 17: 1-12.

Burke, M.K., King, E.G., Shahrestani, P., Rose, M.R., and Long, A.D. 2014. Genome-wide association study of extreme longevity in Drosophila melanogaster. Genome Biology and Evolution 6: 1-11.

Hammel, S., East, K., Shaka, A.J., Rose, M.R., and Shahrestani, P. 2013. Brief early-life non-specific incorporation of deuterium extends mean life span in Drosophila melanogaster without affecting fecundity. Rejuvenation Research 16: 98-104.

Shahrestani, P., Tran, X., and Mueller, L.D. 2012. Physiology declines prior to death in Drosophila melanogaster. Biogerontology 13: 537-545.

Shahrestani, P. Aging: an evolutionarily derived condition. 2012. Frontiers in Genetics 3: 187.

Rose, M.R., Flatt, T., Graves, J.L., Greer, L.F., Martinez, D.E., Matos, M.M., Mueller, L.D., Shmookler Reis, R.J., and Shahrestani, P. 2012. What is aging? Frontiers in Genetics 134: 1-3.

Shahretani, P., Tran, X., and Mueller, L.D. 2012. Patterns of male fitness conform to predictions of evolutionary models of late life. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 1060-1065.

Shahrestani, P., Quach, J., Mueller, L.D., and Rose, M.R. 2012. Paradoxical physiological transitions from aging to late life in Drosophila. Rejuvenation Research 15: 49-58.

Burke, M.K., Dunham, J.P., Shahrestani, P., Thornton, K.R., Rose, M.R., and Long, A.D. 2010. Genome-wide analysis of a long-term evolution experiment with Drosophila. Nature 467:587-590.

Shahrestani, P., Leung, H., Le, P.K., Pak, W.L., Tse, S., Ocorr, K., and Huang, T. 2009. Heterozygous mutation of Drosophila Opa1 causes the development of multiple organ abnormalities in an age-dependent and organ-specific manner. PLoS One 4: e6867.7.

Shahrestani, P., Mueller, L.D., and Rose, M.R. 2009. Does aging stop? Current Aging Science 2: 3-11.8.

Mueller, D., Shahrestani, P., and Rauser, C.L. 2009. Predicting death in female Drosophila. Experimental Gerontology 44: 766–772.

Rose, M.R., Burke, M.K., Shahrestani, P., and Mueller, L.D. 2008. Evolution of ageing since Darwin. Journal of Genetics 87: 363-371.10.

Sepulveda, S., Shahrestani, P., Rauser, C.L., Jafari, M., Mueller, L.D., and Rose, M.R. 2008. Interactions between injury, stress resistance, reproduction, and aging in Drosophila melanogaster. Experimental Gerontology 43: 136-145.


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