Where They’re Headed: Nicholas Bayan Mostaghim ’23

Mostaghim, a Fullbright Scholar, is now in Switzerland exploring nanobiotechnology and biosensor development.

Nicholas Bayan Mostaghim ’23 majored in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and a minor in religion. As he embarks on his post-graduation path, he finds himself in Switzerland as a Fulbright Scholar.

At the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Mostaghim is immersed in research within the field of nanobiotechnology and biosensor development, an interdisciplinary endeavor that allows him to utilize the laboratory skills honed at Haverford while learning new techniques. Alongside his scientific pursuits, he’s eager to explore Switzerland’s natural beauty and cultural treasures.

Mostaghim’s career aspirations are firmly rooted in his passion for both medicine and research. He’s in the process of applying to M.D./Ph.D. programs, aiming to combine his interests in scientific investigation and medical practice. “

The incredible research mentorship of Lou Charkoudian and Casey Londergan, as well as the dedicated and supportive teaching by the Department of Chemistry, were critical to my positive experiences at Haverford that have influenced this desire,” says Mostaghim.

Several Haverford courses stand out to Mostaghim. ‘Topics in Biophysical Chemistry” kindled his interest in the interdisciplinary field of biophysical chemistry and his religion courses, particularly “Theoretical Perspectives in the Study of Religion,” left a lasting impression. 

“Haverford’s superlab courses, for which I was both a student and later a TA, definitely stood out as incredibly unique opportunities filled with learning,” Mostaghim says.

Karin Åkerfeldt, who taught Mostaghim organic chemistry, was instrumental in guiding him toward the Fulbright Scholarship. Her own experiences as a Fulbright Scholar from Sweden to the United States and her assistance with the application process were invaluable. His involvement in the Street Outreach Club at Haverford demonstrated the importance of teamwork and serving others, teaching him valuable life lessons regardless of his future career.

For his fellow graduates, Mostaghim extends his best wishes. “I hope that they go on to, most importantly, be happy and that they can make the positive change in the world that I know they all are capable of,” he says. 

“Where They’re Headed” is a blog series chronicling the post-collegiate plans of recent Haverford graduates.