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Tarnjit Sidhu

PhD Researcher, The University of Manchester

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Be fearless and follow your dreams!

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I carry out research exploring how romantic relationships impact physiological and psychological stress responses and symptoms in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

Being a first generation student and also a woman of ethnic minority, my passion for being a role model and following my dreams stemmed from wanting to help other women like myself. Reflecting on my experiences, it would have been encouraging to have a role models around from a young age, so hopefully I can be that for someone one day.

I chose psychology and biology as I have always found the interaction of the mind and body fascinating. During my time working as a student psychologist within the NHS, I had the pleasure of working with amazing professionals and learning all about the practice of clinical psychology. From here, my passion for making a difference within the field grew. Psychology is all around us and carrying out research in order to contribute towards making a positive change is something I am passionate about and hope to work towards.

All of my experiences, both personal and professional have led me down this path and I am eternally grateful for everything I have learnt along the way. I believe women can strive to achieve anything when they put their mind to it, and I hope I can inspire and encourage young scientists to be fearless and follow their dreams!

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

The one achievement that feels surreal is being awarded a scholarship with the Medical Research Council to complete my PhD. Looking back, this achievement would have seemed impossible a few years ago, but this in itself demonstrates that anything is possible when you are determined and passionate! I wish younger me believed that I could achieve anything I put my mind to.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love working in STEM because each day you are making a difference, no matter how big or small. Whether that is through practical work or research, the ultimate goal is to make a positive change. Personally, I wake up everyday excited about what I can learn and what research I will uncover, as this has the potential to make a difference. It is both the curiosity and excitement of what you can learn which keeps us going!

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Be fearless and follow your dreams!

INSPO / FUN FACT

“Believe you can and you're halfway there.”