Research Associate, University of Manchester

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There is always a way of making something happen, so don't stop until you have done it.

Claire White

What do you do?

I work to try and understand how our immune systems are involved in brain diseases, such as stroke and dementia.

Why did you choose this field?

When I was younger my Grandad had a stroke which made me want to learn more about the disease, and what could be done to improve the lives of stroke survivors.

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

Throughout my PhD the "imposter syndrome" has taken over at certain points and made it hard to carry on. Having just finished my PhD, I would tell my younger self to not listen to that voice of self-disbelief, and not to compare yourself you anyone else. If you have a goal, you will make it happen no matter what.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I am never bored. No day is the same. There is always something new to learn, to try and to experience.

Best advice for next generation?

If there is something you want to do, do it. There is always a way of making something happen, so don't stop until you have done it.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

‘Mrs Darwin’ by Carol Ann Duffy
7 April 1852
Went to the Zoo.
I said to Him—
Something about that Chimpanzee over there reminds me of you.

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