Mohammed Mostajo-Radji

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Born (1989-01-09) January 9, 1989 (age 35)
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics
  • PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Alma mater
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Scientist
  • Diplomat
  • Franz Tamayo medal
  • Cruz Potenzada
  • Melchor Pinto

Mohammed Mostajo-Radji (born January 9th, 1989) is a Bolivian scientist and diplomat. As the Bolivian Ambassador for Science, Technology and Innovation, he is currently the only Latin American science diplomat at the rank of ambassador[1] [2].

Scientific career

Mostajo-Radji completed his undergraduate studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he majored in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics and obtained a minor in Science, Technology and Society Studies. During his undergraduate times, he researched the genetic components of age-related hearing-loss under the supervision of Dina Newman[3]. In addition he worked closely with Robert Dirksen at the University of Rochester studying autosomal dominant skeletal myopathies[4] and with Nobel prize laureate Roger Tsien at the University of California San Diego synthesizing dual-modality bioimaging probes[5][6].

He completed his PhD at Harvard University in Molecular and Cellular Biology under the supervision of Paola Arlotta. His doctoral thesis focused on neuronal and cortical circuit reprogramming[7][8]. His postdoctoral work, under the supervision of Alex Pollen at the University of California San Francisco focuses on organoid models of brain development and evolution[9].

Diplomatic career

Through a collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Mohammed founded Clubes de Ciencia Bolivia in 2015. This project aimed to create bridges of science education between the United States and Bolivia[10]. Originally criticized by the Bolivian government, this program rapidly became the most prestigious science education program in Bolivia[11][12][13]. Moreover, it became the largest science diplomacy experiment in Bolivian history[14].

In February 2020, President Jeanine Anez appointed him as Extraordinary Ambassador for Science, Technology and Innovation to international organizations and Silicon Valley[15][16]. His primary affiliation is the United Nations, where is is part of the Bolivian Permanent Mission[17]. His role in Bolivian diplomacy became particularly relevant during the COVID19 outbreak, as he is currently leading the COVID19 response team[18][19][20][21][22].

Honors and awards

Mohammed has received several awards, including an honorary doctorate from Jose Ballivian University in Beni, Bolivia. In addition, he has been granted the Franz Tamayo medal, which is the highest honor granted by the Bolivian Senate[23]. In 2015, he was selected as Person of the Year by El Deber newspaper[24][25], and in 2017 he was selected as "Latino 30 under 30" by El Mundo Boston[26]. Other awards include the "Cruz Potenzada", which is the maximum award granted by the Comite Civico Pro Santa Cruz[27], as well as the Melchor Pinto award granted by the Government of Santa Cruz, Bolivia[28][29].

In the media



  1. "Mohammed Mostajo es designado embajador de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación".
  2. "Bolivia, el primer país de Latinoamérica que cuenta con un embajador en Ciencia y Tecnología". Economy.
  3. "Resident of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Finds a World of Research Opportunities".
  4. Loy, R (12 November 2012). "Allele-specific gene silencing in two mouse models of autosomal dominant skeletal myopathy". PLOS One. 7 (11): e49757. Bibcode:2012PLoSO...749757L. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049757. PMC 3495761. PMID 23152933.
  5. "El joven boliviano Mostajo brilla en Harvard y se codea con premios Nobel".
  6. Hannover, Carla A. "Mohammed Mostajo-Radji, un científico incansable". Pagina Siete.
  7. Ye, Z (4 November 2015). "Instructing Perisomatic Inhibition by Direct Lineage Reprogramming of Neocortical Projection Neurons". Neuron. 88 (3): 475–483. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.10.006. PMC 4794746. PMID 26539889.
  8. Colen, BD. "Neurons reprogrammed in animals".
  9. Mostajo-Radji, M (15 February 2020). "Reverse engineering human brain evolution using organoid models". Brain Research. 1729: 146582. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2019.146582. PMC 4658373. PMID 31809699.
  10. U.S. Embassy in Bolivia. "Empowering the future generation of Bolivian scientists and innovators".
  11. Ferreira, L (25 June 2019). "Effective participatory science education in a diverse Latin American population". Palgrave Communications. 5: 63. doi:10.1057/s41599-019-0275-0.
  12. Carosso, G (19 August 2019). "Scientists as non-state actors of public diplomacy". Nature Human Behaviour. 3 (11): 1129–1130. doi:10.1038/s41562-019-0716-1. PMID 31427786.
  13. Carosso, G (3 September 2019). "Developing Brains, Developing Nations: Can Scientists Be Effective Non-state Diplomats?". Frontiers in Education. 4. doi:10.3389/feduc.2019.00095.
  14. Carosso, G (19 August 2019). "Scientists as non-state actors of public diplomacy". Nature Human Behaviour. 3 (11): 1129–1130. doi:10.1038/s41562-019-0716-1. PMID 31427786.
  15. Los Tiempos Digital. "Presidenta Áñez posesiona a Mohammed Mostajo Radji como Embajador de Ciencia y Tecnología".
  16. Justiniano Cuellar, Gina. "Mohammed es embajador tecnológico; hará acercamientos a nombre del Estado en Silicon Valley". El Deber.
  17. Juarez, Ivone. "Embajador Mostajo, listo para presentar a Bolivia como colaboradora del avance científico". Pagina Siete.
  18. Egaña, Camilo. "Especialistas: La geografía, un obstáculo para Bolivia en la lucha contra el coronavirus". CNN en Espanol.
  19. "Gobierno compra 500 respiradores y fortalece sistema de salud para luchar contra el coronavirus".
  20. AFP. "Bolivia recibe donación de Alibaba y pide ayuda a Musk por coronavirus". Los Tiempos.
  21. Wight, Andrew J. "Venezuela faces COVID-19 outbreak with hospitals that at times lack soap and water". NBC News.
  22. Paredes Tamayo, Ivan Alejandro. "Llega a Bolivia hidroxicloroquina, insumo clave para el tratamiento del coronavirus". El Deber.
  23. Prensa Senado. "Senado otorga máximas condecoraciones a personalidades e instituciones destacadas". Camara de Senadores de Bolivia.
  24. "EL DEBER homenajeó a 11 Personajes del Año". El Deber.
  25. "Mohamed Mostajo - Investigador Club de Ciencia Bolivia premiado por El Deber". Universidad Catolica Boliviana Santa Cruz.
  26. Harvard University. "Forker MCO student elected to latino 30 under 30". Harvard University.
  27. "El Comité cruceño celebrará 68 años de vida con distinciones". El Deber.
  28. "Legisladores condecoran a un colegio, una maestra y un científico". El Deber.
  29. "Distinciones en celebración de la urbe cruceña". El Deber.

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