As a member of the Baha’i Faith, I have been banned from higher education in my home country of Iran, significantly limiting my options to further study and develop my keen interest in science. Despite this, whilst still living in Iran, I was able to commence studying Chemistry at the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), a distance-learning university dedicated to Baha'is in Iran.
When I moved to the UK 9 years ago, I was excited about the prospect of a brighter future, and it was with this enthusiasm that I started studying Natural Sciences at the Open University (OU) in 2010. I thoroughly enjoyed studying this course, and it motivated me to strive for a career in scientific research and development. It was with this in mind that I decided to apply for the MSc in Analytical Science: Methods and Instrumental Techniques (AS:MIT) at Warwick University.
My final MSc project was analysing bitumen samples from the oldest bridge in Iraq using Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (FT-ICR) with Dr Mark P. Barrow. You can find out more about these samples at:
I currently teach Persian at the University of Oxford and I'm pursuing my goal to work in scientific research and development in analytical science!