Dr. Parvin Shahrestani
- Role: Assistant Professor of Biological Science
- Phone: 657-278-4233
- Department: Department of Biological Science
I obtained my Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, Irvine, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in population genetics at Cornell University. In Fall 2015, I joined the faculty of California State University, Fullerton. The goals of my research group are to: (1) identify genes affecting health-relevant traits, specifically aging and immune defense, and (2) elucidate the dynamics of short-term adaptive evolution, in particular soft sweeps. We use theory, experimental-evolution, whole-genome sequence analyses, and molecular genetics to study the evolution of health-relevant traits on the levels of phenotype, single-locus, and whole-genome using the fruit fly model system. Fruit flies have short generation times, which allow undergraduate and Masters students to see evolution experiments through from beginning to end.