Parastoo Hashemi

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Parastoo (“Parry”) Hashemi

1980 (age 42–43)
Tehran, Iran
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
  • Msc in chemistry
  • Ph.D in Bioengineering
Alma mater
  • King’s College London
  • Imperial College London
OccupationNeural engineer
  • CAMS Fellow (2019)
  • USC Breakthrough Stars Award (2018)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2017)

Parastoo (“Parry”) Hashemi (born 1980) is a British-Iranian neural engineer at both Imperial College London and the University of South Carolina. Her research develops and applies sensors for brain measurements of neurotransmitters in the context of mental illness etiology, diagnosis and treatment.[1]

Life and academic career

Early life

Hashemi was born in Tehran, Iran and immigrated with her family to the United Kingdom, as a child, in 1986. She grew up in Durham, UK and attended Belmont Comprehensive school and Durham Johnston 6th Form College. Hashemi graduated with a first class Master of Science degree in chemistry from King’s College London in 2003. She received her Ph.D in Bioengineering from Imperial College London in 2007 under the mentorship of Dr. Martyn Boutelle. The focus of her Ph.D. research was to develop online microdialysis techniques for monitoring humans with traumatic brain injury. She moved to the United States in 2007 to perform her post-doctoral work with Dr. R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The focus of her post-doctoral research was to develop a selective method for in vivo detection for brain serotonin.

Positions held

Hashemi held an assistant professorship in the department of Chemistry at Wayne State University from 2011-2015 and was tenured in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina in 2017. Hashemi continues to run her lab at the University of South Carolina and holds a senior lecturer position in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London since 2019.

Current research

Hashemi has pioneered tools for measurements of serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter important in the pathology of depression. Her team is using these tools in a variety of models to better understand, diagnose and treat mental disorders, with a focus on depression.

Notable papers

  1. West, A., Abdalla, A., Nijhout, F., Reed, M. C., Best, J., Hashemi, P. “Voltammetric Evidence for Discrete Serotonin Circuits, Linked to Specific Reuptake Domains, in the Mouse Medial Prefrontal Cortex” Neurochemistry International. 2018. 123; 50-58.[2]
  2. Abdalla, A., West., Qiang, B., Pena, E., Best. J., Nijhout, F., Reed, M. C., Linden, D., Jin, Y., Hashemi, P. “Fast Serotonin Voltammetry as a Versatile Tool for Mapping Dynamic Tissue Architecture I: Responses at Carbon Fibers Describe Local Tissue Physiology”. Accepted, 2020. Journal of Neurochemistry.[3]

In the media



  1. "Parastoo Hashemi: Tackling Complex Biological and Environmental Problems". 2 March 2017.
  2. West, Alyssa; Best, Janet; Abdalla, Aya; Nijhout, H. Frederik; Reed, Michael; Hashemi, Parastoo (2019). "Voltammetric evidence for discrete serotonin circuits, linked to specific reuptake domains, in the mouse medial prefrontal cortex". Neurochemistry International. 123: 50–58. doi:10.1016/j.neuint.2018.07.004. PMID 30031052.
  3. Abdalla, Aya; West, Alyssa; Jin, Yunju; Saylor, Rachel A.; Qiang, Beidi; Peña, Edsel; Linden, David J.; Nijhout, H. Frederik; Reed, Michael C.; Best, Janet; Hashemi, Parastoo (2020). "Fast serotonin voltammetry as a versatile tool for mapping dynamic tissue architecture: I. Responses at carbon fibers describe local tissue physiology". Journal of Neurochemistry. 153 (1): 33–50. doi:10.1111/jnc.14854. PMID 31419307.

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