What do you do?
Studying to be a doctor, whilst researching global health and infectious disease on the side. Will be undertaking an intercalated degree in control of infectious disease next year, which is especially relevant in times like this.
Why did you choose this field?
My passion for global health stems from my desire to change the health inequality that exists globally. My specific area of interest is NTDs, which was sparked during my work in health promotion in Tanzania when I met a patient with elephantiasis as a result of lymphatic filariasis and considered the impact that communicable diseases have on the whole life of patients - Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of communicable diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions in 149 countries – affect more than one billion people and cost developing economies billions of dollars every year. Populations living in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors and domestic animals and livestock are those worst affected. I hope to go into a career rectifying the impact of these diseases on the poorest populations, through better vector control and holistic care.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Founding, designing and organising NUIIC - the 1st National Undergraduate Conference in Infection and Immunology which showcased to students around the country the possibilities of the career and allowed for sharing and dissemination of important research and scientific discussion. Younger me would not have believed that I had the dedication, organisation and strength to take on this huge endeavour during my second year of medical school and still manage to do well academically alongside!
Why do you love working in STEM?
STEM really gives you the opportunity to use your skillset to make a difference. Every day I wake up knowing that either through my degree, or my research I am going to be able to change lives and that means so much to me.
Best advice for next generation?
You have so much to bring to the table - don't let anyone, yourself included, convince you otherwise. In a society where every institution and agenda is built with the white middle-class male in mind, we need women in STEM and in every field to create a paradigm shift in global culture.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
The future depends on what you do today - Gandhi