Local Crowdfund: UMass professor collaborates on the science of caring

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“Technology is just a tool,” Bill Gates famously said. “In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”

This statement holds especially true in the quest of Haig Alexander Eskandarian, an EMBO Post-Doctoral Fellow in Switzerland with roots in Worcester.

Eskandarian is the core member of a team of biologists, medical professionals and professors ranging from University of Massachusetts Medical School to the California-based American University of Armenia, organizing an effort to “enable Armenian students to formulate and conduct meaningful scientific experiments using the scientific method” with access to the proper technology for the creation of state-of-the-art biology labs for introductory courses in the Republic of Armenia.

Haig Eskandarian and Worcester's Raffi Aroian, front row second and third from left respectively, stand with their 2014 class.

Courtesy H.A. Eskandarian

Haig Eskandarian and Worcester’s Raffi Aroian, front row second and third from left respectively, stand with their 2014 class.

In conjunction with Professor Raffi V. Aroian at UMass Medical School, who holds a Ph.D. in biology from California Institute of Technology and heads UMass Medical’s Aroian Group – a lab group focusing on superior treatments of parasites infecting upwards of 2 billion people in the world — Eskandarian has expanded his passion for biology, the concern of epidemic diseases, and the Armenian people through this initiative.


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