Shaheed Mohamed, Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences
Hometown: Male', Maldives
“I like the way the professors teach and communicate here. ”
When Shaheed Mohamed, a former graduate student in the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences
, told his instructor, Dr. Alease Bruce that it would take him two days to return home for the holidays, she asked where home was. To her surprise, Mohamed answered, “I’m from Maldives.”
Maldives is an island nation of 1,190 islands in the Indian Ocean, of which, about 200 are inhabited. It is the smallest of the Asian countries in population and land area. Mohamed's home is in Male', the capital and largest city on the North Male' Atoll. How did Mohamed find out about the master’s in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at UMass Lowell? He found the program on the internet.
In 2006, Mohamed completed his undergraduate studies with a Medical Science degree from Curtin University in Australia. He then worked in the Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Hospital in Maldives as a clinical laboratory scientist from 2006-2010, and at the Maldives College of Higher Education as a visiting lecturer from 2008-2010.
He had known Boston to be a great, vibrant, academic center, so he was familiar with the region. Why did he choose UMass Lowell? Mohamed stated that “UMass Lowell is one of the few universities across the U.S. offering a master’s program with a strong emphasis in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. I like the way the professors teach and communicate here. There is a line of connection between the teacher and student.”
Upon completion of his master’s degree, Mohamed plans to pursue a career in healthcare as well as in academia. The department is proud to have had Mohamed from the flagship international exchange Fulbright Scholars’ Program.