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  • Bsc Life Science to Msc Agricultural science

    Name: Mishumo Nemathaga Course :Masters of Science in Agriculture candidate A levels/ equivalent :National Senior Certificate (Life Science, Physical Science, Geography, Mathematics and English) Graduate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences (Microbiology and Zoology stream) Honours in Life Sciences (Microbiology stream) Favourite science fact: Microbes are 10 times more than the number of human cells in a living human. Journey in 3 Words : Purposeful, Inspirational, maturing Briefly describe your role or course I am currently a Masters candidate at the University of South Africa focusing on Animal sciences. My research is on Ascaridia galli parasitic roundworms that cause fatal diseases in chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus). My research work will help provide healthy food to rural communities that rely on poultry for their livelihood, and furthermore contribute to the global goal of combating hunger in Africa. What motivated you to pursue a career in science? My primary education really shaped me and introduced me to subjects that opened my young mind. My love for science started when I was in primary school (Grade 6). I really enjoyed the lessons and mini-projects that I had to do during my Life Science and Technology classes. I started to have a greater interest in Life Science as a subject. The mini-projects that the teacher gave of mammals, reptiles and the ecosystem gave me a reason to find myself searching the internet looking for the meaning of life sciences. Internet Explorer gave me a definition that changed my future goal, dreams and desires forever. The explanation spoke of living things and even gave examples of animals and small organisms. I continued to search until I saw the word “biologist” and the definition fascinated me so much. I decided then and there that when I am grown up, I want to become a biologist. I went home that day and told my mom about my ambition. The reason why I pursued an academic journey in microbiology, zoology and even agriculture was due to my 12 year-old self!T I stepped out in faith and walked into the unknown, my courage, ambition and drive for something challenging brought me this far and I hope that my story will give a young girl child the ability to see a scientist in herself because it is possible. What advice would you give someone wanting to study the same degree? I have come across so many challenges and also found myself in situations that would force me to question my academic choices but I always told myself “fail but never fail to try again”. Take the journey with an open mind and willingness to learn from your mistakes. It is also important to know that challenges are there to make you stronger. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Set goals, aspirations, interests and values and follow them. In the STEM world we learn from those who pursued it before us, they are the best mentors. Also remember that we make academic choices on a daily basis so don’t be afraid to aim for greater heights (don’t limit yourself). What do you enjoy the most about your masters course ? I am conducting research that will contribute positively to the global goal of combating hunger and my research will impact rural areas and empower farmers. I enjoy the fact that my research is not only for my gain, but for a global contribution. I have a passion to make a difference in Africa through research and more research, and I believe that success doesn't compare to making a generational difference. What advice would you give on dealing with rejection and perseverance? I have personally learnt that rejections don't define you, self-growth does. With every rejection redefine yourself, redefine your surroundings and learn that you are stronger. We all know that perseverance is the mother of success. Furthermore the reason why it is a virtue is because perseverance is a strength within courage followed by bravery, honesty, and zest. Believe in yourself and your abilities and GO FOR IT (zest), remember that you are intelligent and a force to be reckoned with (bravery) work hard and never be afraid to ask questions, you can never live long enough to know everything (honesty) and most importantly always remember that in the STEM world we learn from those who pursued it before us they are the greatest mentors so “persevere’. What is your biggest pet peeve about how the world perceives science ? That science is for nerds. I have personally experienced the nerd stigma throughout my academic journey. It's very interesting how people actually think that as a scientist you should know everything under the sun. Outside science how would you describe yourself ? I'm a very spiritual person, I come from a Christian family. I describe myself outside of Science as a worshipper and a very loving person. I mostly put others before me, I love the feeling of seeing people around me happy. I am an introvert which is sometimes shocking to other people because I'm very outspoken, but I prefer peace and quiet and my own space. You run a STEM facebook page, what motivated that and how has that impacted your science career? Motivation has come from my journey as a scientist, the challenging moments and days that made me feel like giving up motivated me. I am a Fellow of an organization called Black Women in Science that aims to expose female emerging researchers to research opportunities and science platforms and when I joined the fellowship I wanted to find myself in stimulating environments that had women that walked a similar journey as mine. An environment that would recognize me as a scientist and also provide me with opportunities This organization has given me a better perspective of the STEM world and how unequal it is when it comes to black women. From this journey I have become inspired to create a “let’s have a moment of science” platform that will encourage and impart an interest of the science world to a rural learner. Free Science aspires to deliver mentorship that will encourage great passion for science and break down misconceptions and barriers that surround science. The impact that my page has in my science career is very positive as I find myself assisting undergraduates and senior phase learners through similar challenges that I faced throughout my journey. I don't try to fix everything but I try to show them that I have overcome the same obstacle, and it is possible. a resilient scientist that's dedicated her research journey to contributing to the solidification of solutions that can impact agricultural diversity and continue to improve the lives of people equally. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In the next 5 years I see myself as Dr Mishumo Nemathaga, a resilient scientist that's dedicated her research journey to contributing to the solidification of solutions that can impact agricultural diversity and continue to improve the lives of people equally. I also see myself furthering my academic journey into pathology as my passion also lies in contributing to detection of diseases and conducting research that can prevent the spread of deadly diseases. I furthermore believe that success doesn't compare to making a generational difference, so I would also like to inspire the next generation and become a mentor that will encourage conceptual thinkers that believe in their abilities. I want to see myself seen by others as proof that your aspirations, dreams and goals are valid. Feel free to reach out to Mishumo on socials. Social media handles Instagram:n_mish22 Facebook page link Facebook page Free Science LinkedIn

  • Bsc Neuroscience to Science Strategy lead

    Name ( pronouns): Danielle Nadin (she/her/elle) Course/ job:Science Strategy Lead, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Gender and Health A levels/ equivalent :Don’t have A-levels in Canada Undergrad and postgrad degrees BSc in Neuroscience, McGill University MSc in Neuroscience, McGill University Favourite science fact Octopuses have 9 brains, 3 hearts and sometimes punch fish in the face. Journey in 3 Words : Brains, Interdisciplinary, Advocacy Briefly describe your current role and Msc During my MSc, I studied brain networks to better understand recovery trajectories for patients with severe brain injuries. During my MSc, I was also involved in science communication and advocacy initiatives outside the lab, which helped me discover my interests not only in doing science, but also in communicating it and ensuring the research environment is an equitable, inclusive and accessible space for all. In my current role at the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health, I help embed sex- and gender-based analysis in Canadian health research. This involves keeping up with the most recent science in the area and developing materials like fact sheets, training modules and presentations to help equip researchers to apply these methods in their own work. What motivated you to pursue a career in science Growing up, I was always really curious about the natural world and how things worked. Throughout my life, I’ve wanted to be a geologist, an oceanographer, a marine biologist, and many other types of scientist. I’m also a very artistic person, and wanted to be an animation artist, an author, and a journalist. I struggled throughout my studies with feelings that I had to choose between science and art (which ended up being totally untrue and a false dichotomy). In high school, I began taking science courses and was really motivated by how much there was to learn. My teachers at the time encouraged me to pursue further education in science, and once I got an opportunity to be involved in research as an undergraduate student, I was hooked. I realized that science and creativity go hand in hand. I knew I wanted science to be part of my career, because it meant I would get to continuously learn new things and come up with creative solutions to find answers to difficult questions. I definitely would not have applied to grad school if it wasn’t for my undergraduate research experience. How did your undergraduate experience as a research assistant shape your application to grad school? I definitely would not have applied to grad school if it wasn’t for my undergraduate research experience. I didn’t even know what grad school entailed when I started university. During my RAship, I got to do research with patients. This was the first time I really experienced first hand how what I was studying - the brain - could have an impact on real peoples’ lives. My supervisor at the time gave me a lot of responsibility as an undergraduate student, and I was able to help shape our research questions and analysis. By the end of my undergraduate degree, I wanted to continue this type of work, so I decided that grad school was the right choice for me. How did you cope with completing a degree during the pandemic and how did you stay motivated? The start of the pandemic was challenging because things began to shut down right when I was beginning data collection for one of my thesis projects. After over a year of designing the study and getting ethics approval to conduct it, the whole project had to be shut down overnight in order to keep patients and participants safe. I had to rethink the angle of my thesis. Luckily, I had a supportive advisor who helped me navigate this big change. During the majority of the pandemic, I was lucky to be able to work from home because a lot of my research was computational. At the same time, this was challenging because I felt isolated. What helped a lot was connecting virtually with friends and labmates. This was also the time during which Black In Neuro was founded. My Black In Neuro family was really a saving grace for me in terms of connecting to other grad students and focussing my energy on a new project. What’s important for me is that I’m able to catch myself when I’m out of balance and not taking time for myself How do you maintain a work life balance with many extra projects you are involved with such as ( scicomm collective and Black in neuro) I won’t lie, it’s not always a balance! Sometimes I have long nights and work on the weekends. What’s important for me is that I’m able to catch myself when I’m out of balance and not taking time for myself. I’ve learnt to step back from things and say no when I have too much on my plate. I also try to block off times where I do not schedule any meetings and focus on a specific task. I also am a big fan of planners and to-do lists; when I’m struggling to prioritize tasks, I’ll write out everything that I have to get done and spend some time organizing things into a realistic schedule. Did you ever feel like you weren’t “focused” when pursuing things outside of the direct academic route and do you think you will go down the Phd route in the future? Throughout my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I did feel a little confused about where I was heading and how all the things I was interested and involved in would converge into a career. I wouldn’t say that I didn’t feel focussed, because each of the things I was involved in was meaningful to me, and I tried to give it my 100%. But I definitely had moments of worry that all my seemingly disparate interests wouldn’t come together into a clear path. In the end, the experiences I gained outside of the lab and the classroom really complemented my scientific training. I think having both was helpful when I started applying for jobs. In terms of a PhD, I’m not yet sure what the future holds! I definitely enjoy research and would love to do more neuroscience research in the future. That may be through a PhD, but could also be something I do in another capacity. When considering your career path, how much has your potential salary affected your decision? It was definitely a factor, because as graduate students we are often underpaid. I was privileged to receive fellowships to support my MSc, but when exploring careers I prioritized options that would offer more financial stability then the student stipends I received during my studies. Beyond that, since this was my first job post-grad school, I focussed primarily on whether my role would allow me to learn, grow and gain experience. I recognize that being able to prioritize that is a privilege. - a quiet storm Outside science how would you describe yourself I think someone on the Black In Neuro team has referred to me as a quiet storm before. I’m a relatively quiet and reserved person, but I can also be quite opinionated and outspoken about things I’m passionate about. In terms of hobbies, I love plants (and have an ever-growing houseplant collection), science fiction and fantasy novels, painting and drawing. Keep up with Danielle Social media : Twitter @DanielleSipsTea BlackInNeuro: ScicommCollective:

  • Bsc Biomedical Science to Operational Lead

    Name: Bamidele Farinre Course/ job: Senior Biomedical Scientist (Operations Lead) A levels/ equivalent : A Levels Chemistry, Biology, AVCE Science Undergrad and postgrad degrees: HND Applied Biology, BSc.Biomedical Science, MSc.Clinical Microbiology Favourite science fact: It can rain diamonds on other planets (This is a fantasy that makes me think, if that’s the case we will be veeeery rich scientists!!!) Journey in 3 Words: Challenging, Rewarding, Satisfying What motivated you to pursue a career in science: My fascination with science started from a young age owing to the fact that my mum was an auxiliary nurse and my aunty was a qualified doctor in Nigeria. We have pharmacists in the family too. I have always had an inquisitive mind about how science helps people to live a better life, I remember being taken along to graduation ceremonies by my grandmother, she was not educated but made up her mind that her children and grandchildren will accomplish what she couldn’t. She encouraged that I should aspire to succeed in my academics and that I can be whatever I want to be as long as I put my heart to it. I aspired to be a pharmacist but did not get the grades I required to study pharmacy at my chosen University. I went through clearing to apply to another University for a different course and I was advised to do an access course to give me a boost and prepare me for the main degree hence why I studied HND applied Biology. Whilst waiting for my clearing results I had a call from one of the universities I had applied, to come and study pharmacy, I accepted but only studied for a week and realised that was not a good career option for me due to the maths content, hence my career path as a Biomedical scientist. Briefly describe your current role: Operational Lead: I’m responsible for smooth operations of the lab. I manage the work of staff in the lab and support the General Manager in developing a culture in which members of staff are continuously improving the delivery of high-quality services. I achieve this by monitoring the allocation of staffing levels to meet the workload requirements of the sections and maximise staff and equipment resources. I ensure the development and acceptance of challenging but realistic objectives for staff, and through leadership, motivation and systematic performance management, achieve the required results. I am involved in day-to-day service staffing issues and in planning the departmental service rotas together with the Senior BMS in formulation and implementation of departmental policies affecting service delivery, ensuring Infection Sciences fulfils its obligations to both its internal and external users with respect to turn around times and quality control issues. Proactively facilitate the review of documents and maintain all laboratory procedures e.g., SOPs and policies in an acceptable form for accreditation. I resolve staffing issues in conjunction with the senior BMS to manage situations which may result in a service delivery failure. I participate in the clinical authorisation of highly complex results where necessary; working closely with clinical and scientific staff in the interpretation, notification and follow-up of clinically significant results and assume responsibility for the troubleshooting of analyser/assay failures as required. Participates in the recruitment and selection of appropriate staff in conjunction with the technical and operations Managers; facilitated the induction, education, training and professional development of appropriate staff. I ensured that appropriate standard operating procedures (SOPs) are developed and implemented. I facilitated continual development and compliance of internal and external audits by monitoring all non-compliances. It was challenging and demanding at the time because I was working full time as a mother, wife and was also pregnant but it was rewarding. You completed your Msc in 2013, What advice would you give someone wanting to follow a similar path? I would encourage such individuals to follow through. It was challenging and demanding at the time because I was working full time as a mother, wife and was also pregnant but it was rewarding. I studied Clinical Microbiology which allowed an easy transition for me as a registered early career Biomedical scientist to be able to apply the knowledge gained from my studies to clinical diagnostic practice. At times you may want to give up due to the stress involved but know that at the end of your studies, you are equipping yourself to be the best in your profession, applying knowledge based on clinically proven evidence and striving to provide your patients with the best possible care. Furthermore, it is professionally and personally rewarding. How do you feel the Science world has evolved throughout your career? ( what are some hard truths you have had to face?) Science has evolved greatly since I embarked on my professional journey as a Biomedical scientist. I missed the days where it was back to basics, for someone from a virology background, I had the privilege to do things the old fashioned way… by this I mean the days of cell culture to diagnose respiratory infections, Electron microscopy in diagnosing enteric infections. For viral disease diagnosis, we now have newer technologies and large automation platforms that provide results for the diagnosis of infectious diseases in minutes to hours; aiding in the effective management of viral diseases. The developments in science will continue in the foreseeable future with new researches, discoveries and inventions which inform evidence based practice. How do maintain or strive for a “good” Work- Life Balance? Maintaining a work-life balance prevents burnout. So I ensure I live a healthy work-life balance by taking things in its strides and knowing when to take a step back. I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and use music as my therapy, I compose gospel songs and love singing. I have a very positive outlook on life. I believe that every experience, positive or negative, is a learning curve, and no experience is ever a waste. Volunteering is something you do very often, how has this changed your perspective on things and what advice would you give someone wanting to volunteer more? It is a known fact that mentorship/volunteering is vitally important to the personal and professional development of an individual. As a woman in a STEM career there were a lot of obstacles and having the advice of someone who has already “been there, done that” can vastly improve the ability of those new to or rising up within their fields to stay the course and see that success is possible. There is a deficit of female black mentors during my undergrad years, and even if there were some available, I wasn’t aware of them. Until 2012 when I was doing my Specialist diploma studies in Virology, I went to a lot of conferences and seminars and was opportune to meet a lot of female mentors who have inspired me till date and so I can say that volunteering/networking is indispensable. I would encourage people to keep believing in their abilities, they should volunteer their time and expertise if the opportunity presents itself. They can achieve whatever they put their mind to do, with the right resources /information, positive attitude and perseverance. Don’t be afraid to ask questions even if they sound stupid to you (you can only acquire knowledge when you seek it). Aim high and don’t allow any outdated norms to navigate you off course. When considering your career path, how much has your potential salary affected your decision? Salary negotiations are a major part of career decisions and I highly recommend it when the opportunity presents itself. However, I have found that the most important factor in my career decision is my passion for what I do and believe in. This is where the satisfaction and joy is derived, salary comes as a bonus and much deserved luxury (I have been in a high paying job before but without the personal and professional satisfaction I craved). As a mentor with a lot of outreach experience, what advice would you give your younger self ? I’ll say to young Bami ‘Be yourself and believe in your abilities, strive for excellence, reach for the stars and you might just reach the moon. This has been my motto so much that when difficult situations arise, I have this playing in my head like music and I just persevere regardless of the outcome. It has taught me to always get back up when life throws itself at me; because my success is in rising up above difficulties when knocked down. Outside science how would you describe yourself? Easy going, involved in my community, a mother, wife and gospel artist. Connect with Bami on socials. Insta: @bamimusic Twitter : @bamiprecious LinkedIn:

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  • Life science Careers l The Catalyst In Me l United Kingdom

    Survey promo Fill out Public Perception of Science 2 Survey Umu Wurie Biomed to LLM Legal Practice Elicia Fyle Scientific Officer, institute of cancer research. Lynn- Asanate Are Visiting Scientists and Medical Student Allan Campbell Molecular scientist Adama Fullah Pharmacovigilance Business Consultant to Medical Consultant Rachel-Lambert Forsythe Chied Executive British Pharmacological Society Oluwasuen Ogundele Msci Biochemistry to Research assistant at Cambridge Merissa Brown Bsc Biomedical science to Psychology conversion Msc Recent Blog Posts Life science Careers are often not well described to life science graduates. Out of all STEM careers it is hard to find clear information with personal examples. The catalyst in me does all this through interviews and resources that will guide your life science career. Adama Feb 17, 2020 5 min Can life science graduates earn high salaries? Most of the most recent reports across platforms like The telegraph , save the student and BBC in relation to life science graduates, there 299 views Write a comment 5 Adama Jun 20 5 min Bsc Life Science to Msc Agricultural science I am currently a Masters candidate at focusing on Animal sciences. My research work will help provide healthy food to rural communities. 41 views Write a comment Adama May 24 5 min Bsc Neuroscience to Science Strategy lead Name ( pronouns): Danielle Nadin (she/her/elle) Course/ job:Science Strategy Lead, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) -... 6 views Write a comment Adama May 10 6 min Bsc Biomedical Science to Operational Lead I manage the work of staff in the lab and support the General Manager in developing a culture. 10 views Write a comment Adama Apr 29 3 min Chemistry and Drug development to Quality Assurance Facilitator As a QA Facilitator I organise and manage the audits, regulatory and training of the clinical research team within Imperial College 5 views Write a comment Adama Apr 21 6 min The African Genome Project - Why is it important ? Lets take you on a journey as I rekindle my love for genetics, genomics and everything in between. 63 views Write a comment

  • Student Hub | life science graduates l TCIM

    Adama Apr 5 7 min How to write a Dissertation or Thesis 62 Write a comment Adama Feb 3 4 min Information, Goals, Decisions l TCIM Career plan 1 Write a comment Adama Jan 30 4 min Academia is the ghetto- a letter to my naïve self 30 Write a comment 2 Adama Jan 29 4 min Should I do more or less - TCIM Career Plan 5 Write a comment Adama Jan 18 2 min What would I do if there were no barriers? 8 Write a comment 1 Adama Jan 5 4 min How bad do you want it? - The Career Plan 1/7 34 Write a comment Adama Jun 7, 2020 3 min Maintaining Relationships:Networking 45 Write a comment 1 Adama May 20, 2020 6 min Networking 70 Write a comment Adama Jan 23, 2020 4 min Study Abroad - Saffie & Ramota 23 Write a comment 2 Adama Jan 17, 2020 4 min Study Abroad - Nataša and Leyla 21 1 Adama Jan 12, 2020 4 min STUDY ABROAD - Isata and Mariama 31 Write a comment 2 Adama Jan 5, 2020 3 min The Office vs The Lab 43 Write a comment 1 Adama Dec 2, 2019 3 min The Journey from A to B ... *curveballs included. 65 1 7 Adama Oct 15, 2019 3 min Getting Through Appliction Season 38 Write a comment 2 Adama Jul 14, 2019 3 min So what's next ? 73 Write a comment 5 Adama Nov 9, 2018 3 min Tips On Reading Scientific Literature and Writing Reports 60 Write a comment 2 Adama Sep 29, 2018 4 min TIPS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 47 Write a comment 1 Adama Aug 27, 2018 3 min LAB LIFE 3 - Aggression in Zebrafish 26 Write a comment 1 Adama Aug 13, 2018 2 min LAB LIFE 2 - I want to do a Phd ? 31 Write a comment 1 Adama May 31, 2018 3 min Your CV and Summer 126 Write a comment 7 Adama May 29, 2018 1 min LIST OF PLACES THAT OFFER SCIENCE INTERNSHIPS /Year in Industry 277 Write a comment 4

  • Bench to Bedside | SciComm

    Bench To Bedside By Adama Saccoh Bench to bedside is where current science research comes to you. In this series science topics are explored to give you a brief overview of the field and insight into current research. scroll Male contraceptives Cardiovascular Research Sickle cell disease Research Funding Blog posts Adama The African Genome Project - Why is it important ? Lets take you on a journey as I rekindle my love for genetics, genomics and everything in between. Adama Male Contraceptives : A 2021 Update I Bench to Bedside When you talk about contraception. In many cases women are at the forefront of discussions.

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