Roxana Sava

PhD student, University of Manchester


A STEM career can be very satisfying. Dare to pursue one.

What do you do?

I research potential therapies for brain regeneration after stroke. This involves reading, planning and performing experiments in the lab, analysing data and writing our results into papers.

Why did you choose this field?

Since I was a young girl I wanted to understand nature. In school, I was interested in STEM subjects. Then some personal experiences made me more preoccupied in healthcare. I have combined these interests and decided to study biochemistry and then pursue a PhD in regenerative medicine.

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

A younger me would have never thought possible to do a PhD abroad at a top 30 university.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Biological systems are (almost) perfect and always surprising, every morning I am looking forward to seeing what my cells have been up to after treatment.

Best advice for next generation?

Each of us can bring innovative solutions to global problems. A STEM career can be very satisfying. Dare to pursue one.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Per aspera ad astra” (through hardships to the stars).

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