Baha’is and their Research

Recently, I have been looking into potential graduate programs and research opportunities at various universities. I’m sure I’m not the first to express how exciting and, at the same time, frustrating it is to find that perfect program. A program that matches your interests, has a supervisor that you would enjoy working with, and is located in a child-friendly city (for us crazy folks who decided to have kids while going to university). Eventually, you realize that perhaps you should set up some criteria to help narrow down your options. In the process of setting up such criteria, the thought crossed my mind “I’d like to work with a supervisor who has a similar worldview to my own.” For instance, I’d like to work with someone who is interested in applying their research to the betterment of humanity. So, out of curiosity, I started to investigate what other Baha’is are doing in their various fields. It didn’t take me long to realize that there is a diverse and vibrant community of Professors, researchers, and professionals, animated by the teachings of Baha’u’llah in their efforts to serve humanity through their respective fields. I’ve listed some of these people below. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will give you an idea of some of the cutting edge scientific work that Baha’is are involved in:

Dr. David Smith – Ophthalmology and Vision Science

Counsellor Borna Noureddin – Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Joanne Langley – Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr. John LeBlanc – Epidemiology, Aggression in children

Dr. Babak Bahador – Media Studies and International Relations

Dr. Maxwell Eblaghie – Chief Research Officer at RiverBirch Research

Dr. Kelly Koay – Internal Medicine and Pediatrics/Research sub-investigator

Dr. Mehran Anvari – General Surgery, Telesurgery

Nava Ashraf – Business Administration

Dr. Victoria Talwar – Developmental Psychology

Dr. Albert M. Berghuis – Biochemistry

Dr. Redwan Moqbel – Immunology

Payam Akhavan – Law

Dr. Parviz Ghadirian – Medicine, Nutrition, Epidemiology Research, Oncology

Suheil Bushrui – Poetry, Translation, Religious Heritage

Honestly, this list could go on and on. All I would need to do is attend the upcoming ABS conference and I could probably set up an entire website dedicated to discussing Baha’is and their research interests…which is pretty much what the ABS is, so I’ll just let them do that 🙂


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