Faculty Profile

Shohreh Farzan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine

Shohreh F. Farzan, PhD joined the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine in 2016. Dr. Farzan is an environmental epidemiologist with a strong laboratory background in molecular biology. She earned her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Dartmouth Medical School in 2010, where her work focused on cellular signaling mechanisms that pattern the developing embryo. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Farzan trained in pediatric infectious disease at Weill Cornell Medical College, before joining the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences at Dartmouth. At Dartmouth, she cross-trained in epidemiology with Dr. Margaret Karagas and worked closely with the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study to examine the effects of prenatal and early life arsenic exposure on a range of immune and cardiovascular health effects in infants and mothers. She has worked to explore these health effects across environmental exposure levels through complementary research projects with the EPA/NIEHS-funded Children’s Center for Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research at Dartmouth and the Columbia Superfund Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS), with the goal of advancing our understanding the contribution of toxic metals to chronic disease initiation and progression. Dr. Farzan is the recipient of a NIEHS K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award and the USC Provost's Assistant Professor Fellowship.

Dr. Farzan’s current research interests include 1) examining effects of prenatal and early life environmental exposures on maternal and child health, 2) investigating how toxic metals, such as arsenic, may impact cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk, 3) identifying preclinical indicators of chronic disease risk across life stages and 4) investigating the impacts of wind-blown PM exposure on children's respiratory health in the Imperial Valley of California..


Assessment of Respiratory Health Symptoms and Asthma in Children near a Drying Saline Lake
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Oct 11; 16(20).

Study Design, Protocol and Profile of the Maternal And Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Pregnancy Cohort: a Prospective Cohort Study in Predominantly Low-Income Hispanic Women in Urban Los Angeles
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 May 30; 19(1):189.

The disappearing Salton Sea: A critical reflection on the emerging environmental threat of disappearing saline lakes and potential impacts on children's health
Sci Total Environ. 2019 May 01; 663:804-817.

Within-subject effects of environmental and social stressors on pre- and post-partum obesity-related biobehavioral responses in low-income Hispanic women: protocol of an intensive longitudinal study
BMC Public Health. 2019 Feb 28; 19(1):253.