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Dr Niamh Forde

Associate Professor, Reproduction and Early Development, University of Leeds

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It’s possible to achieve things without doing things the traditional way - embrace and celebrate that.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m really interested in understanding how the uterus works at a molecular level. This is so we can help people have babies, increase food production, and make sure offspring are healthy for life!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I remember thinking that I was not interested in science as a career during my undergrad (I thought it was interesting but really didn’t like pratical classes and wasn’t the best student). Then I got to do my own research project (looking at proteins that promote sperm maturation) and I loved it - the whole way scientific research was carried out and thought - yes this is what I want to do!

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

Probably having confidence in myself to run my own group and trust what I’m doing is a good approach - not that I don’t get imposter syndrome (I do a lot!) but less than I used to. So yes, knowing to trust my instincts are probably a big thing.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love two things - when I can help people do well and achieve what they want to and new data!! Honestly the sciencing part of the job is such a privilege I love trying to understand data and concepts.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

It’s possible to achieve things without doing things the traditional way - embrace and celebrate that people do things differently and celebrate the diversity - it’s where new things and ideas come from!!

INSPO / FUN FACT

I don’t really have one - my philosophy is try to be kind!