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
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
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
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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