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Dr. Shiva Mehravaran

Research Associate Professor, Biology

Office: Portage Campus 109
Phone: (443) 885-4522


Master of Science in Bioinformatics, Morgan State University, USA, 2021
Research Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, 2014
Master of Science in International Health, University College London, UK, 2009
Doctorate in Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Iran, 1997

Research Interests:

Dr. Shiva Mehravaran joined Morgan State University in 2017. She was previously a senior research scientist at the Stein Eye Institute's Center for Community Outreach and Policy, University of California, Los Angeles, and Noor Ophthalmology Research and Development Center in Tehran, Iran. She is a dedicated biomedical researcher with over 20 years of experience designing and implementing various types of research studies and serving as editor and peer reviewer for scholarly journals.

Dr. Mehravaran’s main research interests are focused on vision and eye health. She has over 80 health-related publications in peer-reviewed journals, many of which are based on clinical and epidemiological studies of common vision problems and eye diseases such as refractive errors, cataracts, and corneal degenerative conditions. In the past few years, she has been improving her big data skills in biotechnology and bioinformatics so that she can expand her research to different areas of ocular omics and their interaction with health, disease, and treatment response.

Bibliographic Profiles:

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Select Publications (last updated January 2022):

Mehravaran S, Dehzangi I, Rahman MM. Interocular Symmetry Analysis of Corneal Elevation Using the Fellow Eye as the Reference Surface and Machine Learning. Healthcare (Basel). 2021 Dec 16;9(12). doi: 10.3390/healthcare9121738. PubMed PMID: 34946464; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8702115.

Mehravaran S, Ahmed H, Chen YC. Disparities in COVID-19 outcomes for African Americans: more studies are warranted. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 May 26;. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab498. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34038517; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8241481.

Tam EK, Mehravaran S, Young A, Duarte PB, Mondino K, Coleman AL. Relationship between Geography and Refractive Error from the UCLA Preschool Vision Program. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2021 Feb;28(1):32-38. doi: 10.1080/09286586.2020.1791348. Epub 2020 Jul 15. PubMed PMID: 32669011.

Asgari S, Mehravaran S, Aghamirsalim M, Hashemi H. Tomography-based definition of keratoconus for Down syndrome patients. Eye Vis (Lond). 2020;7:49. doi: 10.1186/s40662-020-00215-1. eCollection 2020. PubMed PMID: 33029546; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7534157.

Khosravi A, Chaman R, Rohani-Rasaf M, Zare F, Mehravaran S, Emamian MH. The basic reproduction number and prediction of the epidemic size of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Shahroud, Iran. Epidemiol Infect. 2020 Jun 10;148:e115. doi: 10.1017/S0950268820001247. PubMed PMID: 32517845; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7322167.

Margines JB, Huang C, Young A, Mehravaran S, Yu F, Mondino BJ, Coleman AL. Refractive Errors and Amblyopia Among Children Screened by the UCLA Preschool Vision Program in Los Angeles County. Am J Ophthalmol. 2020 Feb;210:78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2019.10.013. Epub 2019 Oct 21. PubMed PMID: 31647932.

Hashemi H, Asgari S, Mehravaran S, Emamian MH, Fotouhi A. Five-Year Changes of Anterior Corneal Indices in Diabetics versus Non-Diabetics: The Shahroud Eye Cohort Study. Curr Eye Res. 2019 Jan;44(1):30-33. doi: 10.1080/02713683.2018.1521977. Epub 2018 Sep 19. PubMed PMID: 30198787.

Mehravaran S, Quan A, Hendler K, Yu F, Coleman AL. Implementing enhanced education to improve the UCLA Preschool Vision Program. J AAPOS. 2018 Dec;22(6):441-444. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2018.07.346. Epub 2018 Sep 15. PubMed PMID: 30227246.

Mortazavi SS, Shati M, Khankeh HR, Ahmadi F, Mehravaran S, Malakouti SK. Self-medication among the elderly in Iran: a content analysis study. BMC Geriatr. 2017 Sep 1;17(1):198. doi: 10.1186/s12877-017-0596-z. PubMed PMID: 28863775; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5580436.

Hashemi H, Mehravaran S, Emamian MH, Fotouhi A. Five-Year Incidence of Visual Impairment in Middle-Aged Iranians: The Shahroud Eye Cohort Study. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2017 Feb;24(1):11-16. doi: 10.1080/09286586.2016.1255342. Epub 2016 Dec 14. PubMed PMID: 27960616.

Hendler K, Mehravaran S, Lu X, Brown SI, Mondino BJ, Coleman AL. Refractive Errors and Amblyopia in the UCLA Preschool Vision Program; First Year Results. Am J Ophthalmol. 2016 Dec;172:80-86. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2016.09.010. Epub 2016 Sep 14. PubMed PMID: 27640004.

Mehravaran S, Duarte PB, Brown SI, Mondino BJ, Hendler K, Coleman AL. The UCLA preschool vision program, 2012-2013. J AAPOS. 2016 Feb;20(1):63-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2015.10.018. PubMed PMID: 26917075.

Hashemi H, Beiranvand A, Khabazkhoob M, Mehravaran S, Emamian MH, Yekta A, Shariati M, Fotouhi A. Corneal elevation and keratoconus indices in a 40- to 64-year-old population, Shahroud Eye Study. J Curr Ophthalmol. 2015 Sep-Dec;27(3-4):92-8. doi: 10.1016/j.joco.2015.10.007. eCollection 2015 Sep-Dec. PubMed PMID: 27239585; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4881190.

Jafarzadehpur E, Hashemi H, Emamian MH, Khabazkhoob M, Mehravaran S, Shariati M, Fotouhi A. Color vision deficiency in a middle-aged population: the Shahroud Eye Study. Int Ophthalmol. 2014 Oct;34(5):1067-74. doi: 10.1007/s10792-014-9911-2. Epub 2014 Feb 14. PubMed PMID: 24526316.

Mehravaran S, Asgari S, Bigdeli S, Shahnazi A, Hashemi H. Keratometry with five different techniques: a study of device repeatability and inter-device agreement. Int Ophthalmol. 2014 Aug;34(4):869-75. doi: 10.1007/s10792-013-9895-3. Epub 2014 Feb 23. PubMed PMID: 24562593.

Mehravaran S, Hashemi H, KhabazKhoob M, Fotouhi A. Distribution of radii of curvature of anterior and posterior best fit sphere in a normal population: the Tehran Eye Study. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2013 Aug;36(4):186-90. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2013.02.007. Epub 2013 Mar 27. PubMed PMID: 23541319.

Heidari A, Adeli SH, Mehravaran S, Asghari F. Addressing ethical considerations and authors' conflict of interest disclosure in medical journals in Iran. J Bioeth Inq. 2012 Dec;9(4):457-62. doi: 10.1007/s11673-012-9393-8. Epub 2012 Oct 25. PubMed PMID: 23188405.

Hashemi H, Mehravaran S. Day to Day Clinically Relevant Corneal Elevation, Thickness, and Curvature Parameters Using the Orbscan II Scanning Slit Topographer and the Pentacam Scheimpflug Imaging Device. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2010 Jan;17(1):44-55. doi: 10.4103/0974-9233.61216. PubMed PMID: 20543936; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2880373.

Hashemi H, Alipour F, Mehravaran S, Rezvan F, Fotouhi A, Alaedini F. Five year cataract surgical rate in Iran. Optom Vis Sci. 2009 Jul;86(7):890-4. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3181ae1cc6. PubMed PMID: 19521267.

Hashemi H, Firoozabadi MR, Mehravaran S, Gorouhi F. Corneal stability after discontinued soft contact lens wear. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2008 Jun;31(3):122-5. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2008.02.001. Epub 2008 Mar 14. PubMed PMID: 18343184.

Hashemi H, Mehravaran S. Central corneal thickness measurement with Pentacam, Orbscan II, and ultrasound devices before and after laser refractive surgery for myopia. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007 Oct;33(10):1701-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2007.05.040. PubMed PMID: 17889763.

Hashemi H, Mehravaran S. Corneal changes after laser refractive surgery for myopia: comparison of Orbscan II and Pentacam findings. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007 May;33(5):841-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2007.01.019. PubMed PMID: 17466859.