Mahtab Jafari, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UC Irvine, was named the 2007-08 recipient of the Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching. The award is given out by the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate for outstanding contributions in the classroom. Jafari joined UCI in 2005 and developed the undergraduate major proposal for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has developed and taught two courses for this new major. In her research, Jafari studies anti-aging pharmacology.