Natasha Aley

PhD student, University College London

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Even if you're not the genius in the class, if you love it you'll get there, I promise.

What do you do?

I'm trying to find a new way to kill pancreatic cancer by stopping it from being able to "self-eat" (weird right?!).

Why did you choose this field?

Although I wasn't one of the smartest students at school, I was always really interested by biology. So I just kept picking it as a subject the higher I got up in education. My family had never been to university, so I had to just figure it out for myself, but once I got experience at a research institute I knew I wanted to be a scientist.

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

Honestly, my proudest achievement so far is my masters degree. I can't even begin to explain how much easier it would have been to have given up, but apparently my stubbornness comes in handy sometimes.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I wake up looking forward to finding out something that no one else in then world knows, what can be cooler than that?!

Best advice for next generation?

You deserve to be a scientist just as much as any boy. Even if you're not the genius in the class, if you love it you'll get there, I promise.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Find something that truly captures your imagination and make that become your future.”

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