Pany Tehrani

1. What is your specific area of research (include the name of your faculty and/or laboratory)?
My specific area of research is neurology under the supervision of an amazing professor, Dr. Linda Nelson. We are studying emotional functioning in patients with epilepsy.
2. When and how did you first get involved in research?

I became involved in research in fall of 1999 when I browsed web and noticed several different clinical opportunities available at the medical center. After meeting with Dr. Nelson, I realized that working in a clinical setting with epileptic patients would be an incredible experience.

3. How has research enhanced you education?

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to combine my passion for science with my love for working with people. I am able to apply the scientific knowledge I acquired over the years at UCI to a project based in a clinical environment.

4. What has been you favorite experience with research (include any interesting stories or specific events)?

I enjoy interacting with the patients. They are usually full of pep and comfortable in letting me know how epilepsy has impacted their lives. Understanding more about the patient is always a worthwhile experience. However, I do recall a time where a patient’s dog wasn’t too fond of me being in his home, testing his owner. He was locked in their bedroom, growling and banging on the door. I was told that he was small, harmless, friendly and that he couldn’t wait to meet me. I wish I felt the same! It was a terrible reenactment of "There’s Something About Mary!"

5. What are your future plans and how has being involved in research helped to prepare you to meet your goals?

I aspire to attend medical school. Research definitely reaffirmed this aspiration, as well as provided me with the forum to meet this goal. I am able to test my hypothesis and express my results on a scientific level, while still maintaining my compassion and gratitude for the patients involved in our study.

6. What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?

Research is a wonderful experience. Know what topics and fields interest you and start looking for faculty who are already involved in related studies. Then go to UROP! It’s not just about getting involved in research, rather it’s what you do with it and how far you let it take you.

Past Researchers of the Month

Dec. '00 Chris Gothard
Nov. '00 Kristoffer Nicolaisen
Oct. '00 Bryan Sommerse
Sep. '00 Ryan Stafford
Aug. '00 Carol Chao
Jul. '00 Gopi Manthrapagada
Jun. '00 Heather Smith
May '00 Pany Tehrani
Apr. '00 Kirsten Cappel
Mar. '00 Shelly Brown-Riddle
Feb. '00 Nader Nassif
Jan. '00 Rebecca Kanter
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