Katie West

PhD student, University of York

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It's good to have an open mind for all areas of STEM.

What do you do?

I grow tiny cells in incubators to study the immune system.

Why did you choose this field?

Whilst at school I was lucky enough to be taught by some excellent Biology teachers who inspired me to pursue a degree in this field. I really enjoyed learning about the immune system and I continue to study this as part of my PhD.

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

Publishing some of the work from my PhD. It's a nice feeling knowing that the research I have done is important and contributes to our understanding of the immune system in a small way.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love the diversity of my job. It's a great mix of practical lab work, computational analysis, and writing.

Best advice for next generation?

I think it's important to not let your career decisions be determined by your gender. It's good to have an open mind for all areas of STEM and if you want a career in science go for the one that interests you the most.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty.” – Marie Curie

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