Zamaan Hashmi

Zamaan Hashmi is from North Mankato, Minnesota, and graduated from Mankato West High School. He deferred his Columbia admission for one year, providing him the opportunity to further his research projects, take college courses of interest, and travel internationally for academic, professional, and cultural enrichment. He plans to major in Biomedical Engineering.

Zamaan Hashmi

Zamaan has conducted theoretical and applied research on nanoparticles, examining the specific properties of different nanoscaled materials and how their synthesis can contribute to stem cell applications, and has written papers about nucleic acid engineering, drug delivery, and cancer therapeutics at a molecular scale. For him, as biotechnology moves to smaller and smaller levels of operation, it is paramount to develop the regulated devices that can provide necessary medical information while protecting fought-for bioethical norms. Zamaan has also conducted experimental data analysis for a local environmental startup.

Looking forward to learn about economics at Columbia and explore entrepreneurship and business in New York, Zamaan has participated in a program of International Business and Economics workshops and meetings with influential corporate leaders in Peru and Colombia (where he also furthered his learning and proficiency in Spanish).

In high school, Zamaan was involved in Knowledge Bowl, State Math League, Speech, and Rube Goldberg Machine Contests. He also co-founded the school’s first Politics Club, holding voting registration drives and inviting local community organizers. Zamaan worked with students from elementary school to high school on math, biology, and physics, through local community centers and his own tutoring program.

Zamaan is in love with all things basketball and likes to read Fred Moten, Michel Foucault, and James Baldwin, as well as to listen to artists like Trina, Mariah Carey, Frank Ocean, and Kelela. He is particularly excited to visit the museums and experience the cuisines of New York City.