Since childhood I was interested in biology. I was curious about how plants and animals grow and live. Later I became fascinated with genetics and I was sure that I wanted to be a scientist who studies genes. I studied hard at school to achieve my goal. However, towards the last years of high school, it became apparent that being a Baha’i, I would be denied to continue my education in the national official universities.
I was lucky that upon finishing high school, the BIHE decided to start the Biology program and of course without any hesitation I applied and got accepted. This is when my 5-year journey with the BIHE began, it was not always smooth, I saw how my professors had to teach multiple courses, and had to be stressed about finding volunteers to teach new courses. I witness how the biology laboratories were being set up, with so much sacrifice, for the first time. At the end, I was the fortunate first graduate of the biology program. From there, I was accepted in the University of Ottawa to pursue my life-long goal, to become a scientist who studies genes….
Now I live my childhood dream, I am a scientist who studies genes! Virus genes though! I am the virologist at Health Canada, having my own laboratory, my own team, training students and teaching at universities. I owe all of these to BIHE that made it possible for me to take the first major steps, to continue loving science, to pursue the goal.
Neda Nasheri, PhD