Movassaghi studied organic chemistry at University of California, Berkeley, as an undergraduate. He later did his graduate work first at California Institute of Technology, and later at Harvard University, where he also continued his postdoctoral studies. Today Movassaghi teaches at MIT where he is currently an associate professor.
Movassaghi's dual research focus in total synthesis and the development of synthetic methodology is being honored with an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award "for his creative syntheses of biologically interesting alkaloids and for the development of new and general routes to nitrogen-containing heterocycles."Movassaghi's accomplishments contribute to a long list of scientific achievements made by Iranian Americans that includes tremendous success in the fields of chemistry, biology and physics.
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