Wendy Robinson

Third year PhD student at the University of York (UK)

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Studying STEM can lead to a fulfilling and fascinating career which can answer new questions and further technology beyond our imaginations.

What do you do?

I study a group of enzymes that oxidise C-H bonds and I'm finding ways to apply them for greener and simpler chemical reactions.

Why did you choose this field?

I had always liked science at school, particularly biology and chemistry. I was one of the first of my family to go to university which was quite scary, but it opened my eyes to the research that is going on now and all the capabilities it presents. However I began to realise the need for greener and simpler ways to make everyday chemicals which is how I ended up in biocatalysis.

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

There were times when I didn't think I was able to earn a degree because I didn't think I was smart or good enough. Or I didn't have the 'right' personality. I realised that being persistent and following what you enjoy will lead you to what you want, what ever that might be.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love being able to solve problems in STEM and from this, being able to contribute to wider knowledge and technology in society. I also like working in labs, where I'm not tied down to a desk and able to work together with colleagues to solve problems.

Best advice for next generation?

Studying STEM can lead to a fulfilling and fascinating career which can answer new questions and further technology beyond our imaginations. Don't let people say you can't do it because it's hard or it's a man's field only. If you persist and show your enthusiasm, you really can do what ever you want, what ever that might be!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Well behaved women seldom make history" - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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