Nirali Rathwa

PhD scholar (Biochemistry) from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda


Don't limit yourself ever girls, STEM needs you.

What do you do?

I am a life science scientist working on therapeutic application in Type 2 Diabetes

Why did you choose this field?

I come from a progressive tribal family who encouraged me for being educated and independent woman from very young age. It has ignite my passion to pursue research and propagate STEM in younger girls and women. There are many financial and career setbacks but I am fortunate to continue in STEM and keep growing.

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

I am in my final year of PhD and I am content with the research carried out. I would though advise my younger self to be more confident and pursue higher education in an international institute because I believe I have a huge untapped potential.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I LOVE SCIENCE! It might sound cliche but it's incredible to know how life thrives. Our body has natural means to combat disease, develop a baby in womb, cleanse internal system and as simple as keep pumping blood to the whole body. Even after so many innovations and technologies we human can't replicate it wholly. Yet, we as humans are evolving to understand life and incorporate it in our discoveries. i.e insulin pumps!

Best advice for next generation?

STEM fields has many unexplored arena. Given a chance I would promote mentorship program for young women of the world to tell them about career options in STEM. Don't limit yourself ever girls, STEM needs you.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart" - Jane Austen. I resonate with it because I have a tender heart but a strong mind.

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