Microbiology to Chief Researcher I TCIM Careers
Favourite science fact
The average human body carries ten times more bacterial cells than human cells
Journey in 3 Words
Challenging, Fun, enlightening
Briefly describe your role
Supervision of postgraduate students in Wine Biotechnology, teaching wine microbiology to undergraduate students and BScHonours students
What motivated you to pursue a career in science
Curiosity, microorganisms are quite fascinating.
What are the best and worst parts of doing a phd
Best parts: Learning more about yourself, exchanging knowledge with your peers, presenting at conferences
Worst parts: I don’t consider them to be the worst but certainly the most challenging. Dealing with different characters and expectations of your supervisors was for me challenging.
What advice would you give your younger self
Live in the moment
How do you feel the Science world has evolved throughout your career? ( what are some hard truths you have had to face?)
I think, community engagement is now an important component of being a scientist and an academic. As scientists we have to think more about the relevance and impact of our research and about doing science for the community with the community. So, the importance of balancing curiosity driven research with research for impact.
How do you feel careers in your field have evolved / where are they heading to?
Well, science writers, bloggers etc. were not common at the beginning of my career. Science communication is now a growing area.
Outside science how would you describe yourself ?
I love reading, I enjoy wine with friends and going to the gym
You have recently co-authored a book – what were the motivations behind the book and how did you balance the writing process alongside other commitments?
The motivation for the book was to provide young black people with living examples of women who look like them, who come from the similar backgrounds as them and have built successful careers in science, so that they can understand that this is a dream they can dream and achieve.
To balance the writing process and other commitments, we really mainly worked weekends on the book. So, it rarely interfered with my work commitments. I made time for friends Saturdays in the evening or on Sundays when necessary.
Connect with Dr Evodia Setati
About holding the knife's edge : The Book Launch