Shahryar Rahdari2011 Co-Director
Shahryar is a third-year undergraduate studying Neuroscience at UCLA. He is serving as co-director for the university’s InnoWorks chapter.
Shahryar developed his passion for science in high school by actively witnessing it come to life through Science Olympiad, an annual science competition for high school students across the country. As a team member and later team leader, Shahryar was able to work with others to build things from scratch such as robots that had to move various things into a goal box and miniature cars that could only move using the force of a block of mass. In addition to participating in Science Olympiad, Shahryar was the president of the National Honor Society at his high school and provided a free weekly tutoring service at the local public library for his community. He tutored students who were struggling with math and science classes as well as Spanish and enjoyed finding creative ways to teach these subject matters.
At UCLA, Shahryar is striving to attend medical school and become a physician as a way to not only satisfy is passion for science but to also give back to the community and help others in need. Shahryar volunteers at the intensive care units at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and is also working in Paul Micevych’s Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology where he is studying the effects of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone on the brain. As the education chair of the Universal Gerontology and Alzheimer ’s Disease Awareness Association (UGADA), Shahryar is also involved in advocating for the awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia related illnesses on campus and takes part volunteering off campus at an adult day care for individuals suffering from these diseases.
In his spare time, Shahryar loves to get outdoors and be physically active. He enjoys running and playing all different types of sports from basketball and soccer all the way to badminton.