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Mostafa Sadoqi, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Physics and Pharmacy

Collaboration, Quality and Growth Empower Physics Students for Success

A mere six students were enrolled in the Department of Physics when Mostafa Sadoqi, Ph.D., was recruited by former Physics Chair Dr. Bob Finkel to St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2000. Now, 13 years later, Sadoqi proudly points to “a highly regarded program with 87 students and growing.”

By working closely with the University administration, which provided seed and capital grants, Sadoqi built research labs and promoted the department’s offerings and helped foster today’s thriving, diversified program.

“We have built something very exciting at St. John’s,” said Sadoqi, who chairs the department and is a Professor of Physics and Pharmacy. “We’ve collaborated with other areas within the University, including the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and with other institutions as well.”

The aim of all these activities, he noted, is to benefit the talented, diverse students pursuing their degrees in physics at St. John’s. “Our goal,” said Sadoqi, “is to empower them to pursue the growing career opportunities related to the discipline, such as engineering, medicine, law, business, and scientific research.”

Born in Morocco, Sadoqi received his bachelor’s degree from Faculté Hassan II de Casablanca, Morocco and at the École nationale supérieure de mécanique de Nantes (Ecole Centrale de Nantes) in France. He went on to earn his Master of Science and doctoral degrees at Polytechnic University in New York. After conducting postdoctoral research in Japan, he returned to New York and joined the faculty at St. John’s. 

Sadoqi’s expertise in engineering and physics is the foundation of his widely published interdisciplinary research on nanotechnology—the study and manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. His influence in the field encourages significant student collaboration and contribution.

“Our primary focus is the application of nanotechnology to medicine and biology—specifically, diagnosing and treating tumors with nanoparticles,” he said. “However, our latest efforts have explored the technology’s applications to energy.”

Sadoqi has presented his research on applying “nanomaterials” to photoenergy at scholarly conferences throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. His work has helped bring increased international exposure to St. John’s Physics Department, attracting top physics students from across the globe.

With characteristic resolve, Sadoqi helped to develop a five-year Combined Degree Program linking a B.S. in Physics or Physics-Mathematics in St. John’s College to an M.B.A. in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business. The program, he noted, will be ideal for physics majors who aspire to management positions in research and manufacturing, as well as other industries. He is also working with faculties from St John’s University to create a Biomedical engineering program at St John’s. Sadoqi also would like to see the creation of a graduate engineering program at the University.

“Clearly, we have achieved a great deal,” said Sadoqi. “But with the impressive talent so evident in this department, I know we have even more to offer.”

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