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Diuni Perera

Analytical Chemist at API Consumer Brands/ University of Auckland

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Girls, don't be afraid to take up the subjects and always have confidence that you can achieve.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am involved with analysing medicines and developing new methods for analysis. My work directly impacts people who are not in their optimal health and I am so glad that I contribute for the betterment of their lives.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I always liked chemistry and I was good at the subject. Also, I like to work with new technologies and research for new analytical methods.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

Chemistry is not hard!!!

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

Science and Maths are always interesting subjects to work with and of course not boring. I don't want to imagine myself working in an office 9-5 and I'd rather be on the bench.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Still male domination prevails in STEM, but it is encouraging to see the numbers going up when it comes to female. Girls, don't be afraid to take up the subjects and always have confidence that you can achieve.

INSPO / FUN FACT

Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.