Chichi Okagbue

Biological Sciences PhD Student

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Don’t ever let anyone deter you from your STEM dream but instead keep your eye on whatever career goal you have in mind for yourself.

What do you do?

I am currently conducting research on how the biological mechanisms of obesity contributes to cardiovascular diseases. I am primarily analysing adipose (fat) tissue using various staining techniques to assess the cellularity and morphology of adipose tissue under high fat fed conditions.

Why did you choose this field?

I took a liking to cardiovascular science and diseases during my Pharmacology undergraduate degree as I enjoyed learning the mechanisms of action for the various drugs used to treat cardiovascular diseases. I also came to grow a deep appreciation on the function of the heart and how dysfunction leads to cardiovascular diseases in the hopes of discovering new therapies that can restore heart function instead just manage the symptoms of cardiovascular diseases.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Completing my MSc is my greatest achievement so far! The fact that I was able to persevere and see myself to the finish line felt amazing because MSc are very demanding courses. It feels like an advanced BSc however you only have 1 year to complete it which looks virtually impossible at first. However, I would want the younger me to know that this is very much within my reach and doable because she is not a quitter.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love being in the field of science because I genuinely believe that I am contributing to wider knowledge in order to help the public when it comes to health and disease. I look forward to the prospect that everyday brings a new challenge and a fresh opportunity for discovery no matter how big or small!

Best advice for next generation?

Go for it! Working in STEM is cool, fun and if you have a passion to make a difference/ add to existing knowledge then it is the right path for you. Don’t ever let anyone deter you from your STEM dream but instead keep your eye on whatever career goal you have in mind for yourself.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish”
Michelle Obama

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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