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Dr. Zahra Tehrani

Zahra Tehrani


B.S., Ph.D. UCLA


  • Tehrani, Z. (2021). Pivoting from Laboratory to Remote Research using the Online Game Foldit. Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, 4(4).
  • Watkins, A., & Tehrani, Z. (2020). Brave new worlds: transcending the humanities/STEM divide through creative writing. Honors in Practice, 16.
  • Ear, J., Huang, H., Wilson, T., Tehrani, Z., Lindgren, A., Sung, V., ... & Lin, S. (2015). RAP-011 improves erythropoiesis in zebrafish model of Diamond-Blackfan anemia through antagonizing lefty1. Blood, The Journal of the American Society of Hematology, 126(7), 880-890.
  • Ear, J., Huang, H., Tehrani, Z., Sung, V., Daniel, T., Chopra, R., & Lin, S. (2013). RAP-011 efficiently rescues erythropoiesis in zebrafish models of diamond blackfan anemia. Blood The Journal of the American Society of Hematology, 122 (21), 3702.
  • Tehrani, Z. and Lin, S. (2011) Antagonistic interactions of hedgehog, Bmp and retinoic acid signals control zebrafish endocrine pancreas development. Development, 138(4), 631-640.
  • Tehrani, Z. and Lin, S. (2011) Endocrine pancreas development in zebrafish. Cell Cycle, 10(20), 3466-72.


  • 2023 - Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award, Purdue University
  • 2023 - Pillar Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor, JMHC
  • 2021 - Profiled by Purdue Teaching Academy in the Provost’s Teaching Excellence Initiative
  • 2019 - Outstanding Teaching Award, JMHC, Purdue University


I received my B.S. and Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2015, I joined the faculty of the Honors College at Purdue University. Inside my classroom, students explore the intersection of science and ethics of biotechnology. Outside of the classroom, I am passionate about mentoring and enriching undergraduate research experiences for students. As the Director of the Future Mentors Program, I provide: 1) Training to graduate students from across the university on effective research mentorship of undergraduate researchers; 2) Connect Honors College students to on-campus research opportunities; 3) Organize professional development workshops and community-of-practice meetings to support undergraduates across different stages of their development as scholars.

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