The Department of Biology is mourning the tragic loss of two members of our community.

Fareed Arasteh, a PhD student in biology, and biology alumnus Mansour Pourjam, were aboard the Ukrainian airliner that crashed in Tehran killing all 176 passengers and crew, including 63 Canadians.

Fareed was on his way back to Canada to resume his PhD studies in Ashkan Golshani’s lab. Fareed joined us in 2019 as a PhD student.  He will be remembered as a very hard working student/colleague who was striving to make an impact in his field. He will be greatly missed.

The Ottawa Citizen wrote about Fareed, after speaking with his PhD supervisor and a longtime friend. The article can be found here.

Our thoughts are with Fareed’s and Mansour’s families, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

To read the full message from the President, see the Carleton Newsroom spotlight here.

To honour the victims of Flight 752, a fund has been established which will continue their legacy. All donations to this fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Carleton University.

To donate, please visit the Carleton FutureFunder online: