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Name:  Khanyisile Kgoadi Role/Occupation:  Researcher at the Immunology Division Country:  South Africa Khanyisile Kgoadi  is a researcher in the Division of Immunology, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at the University of Cape Town. She investigates neuro-immunological mechanisms associated with detrimental effects of central nervous system tuberculosis (CNS-TB); which is the...
Name:  Dr. Anjali M. Rajadhyaksha BS in chemistry and PhD in Molecular Biology Faculty (Professor and Scientist) at Weill Cornell Medical School, Cornell University Achievements  My biggest and most enjoyable achievements are being a neuroscientist and mentor, a mother and a supporting partner to my husband. Finding a balance between my goals for my career and home allows me to live life to the fullest. Dr. Anjali M...
Name:  Apiwe Hotele  Role/Occupation:  Technology Commercialization Specialist at SARAO, Founder of the Enlighten tutoring app and the IMBASA programme Country:  South Africa Apiwe Hotele  works as a technology commercialisation specialist at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). Her duties involve introducing new products made at SARAO to the market as well as initiating development...
You’ve heard the expression “career ladder” right? If you’re a girl in a predominately male profession, there’s something you can get to help you step up that ladder. Or, even a method of putting a foot on the first rung, as an early career move. Why not get a mentor? Why not get a mentor? Think about it. If you can communicate with someone further up the ladder, it brings all sorts of benefits. This...
Name:  Lungile Hlatshwayo Role/Occupation:  Advanced Lead Reliability Engineer  Country:  South Africa I recently interviewed Lungile Hlatshwayo, the Lead Engineer for Reliability. Hlatshwayo was the first African in her field to make it into the prestigious Edison Program, she remembers when she first found out, “ I was on a bus home when I found out and I just cried partially because I knew this would...
Name:  Jeshika Ramchund PrEng Role/Occupation:  Civil Engineer  Country:  South Africa I recently interviewed Jeshika Ramchund, a senior engineer in the developments division at Bosch Projects in Durban, South Africa. Her work covers planning, design and implementation of civil engineering infrastructure. She fulfils a variety of roles in her current occupation from Programme Manager to Design Engineer to...
5 Tips on Landing your First Job Whether you’re a girl with big dreams for her career or someone just beginning to think about what the future will bring, achieving your goals in the world of work isn’t something you have to do alone. Take a look at these five easy tips to get you started: 1. Think about what sort of job you actually want to do This might seem like an obvious one, but there’s no point in...
Dr. Shanti Kudchadker Dr Shanti Kudchadker is a luminous role model for ambitious STEM girls being the first Indian female science PhD from an American University. In a path breaking and pacesetting academic accomplishment, she charged into experimental chemistry at A&M Texas University and secured her PhD in four years. She continued as a post doctoral fellow and then returned to India to join the faculty of IIT Kanpur. She...
Name:  Zoleka Filander Role/Occupation:  Offshore Benthic Ecologist (Department of Environmental Affairs: Oceans and Coast) and PhD student (Nelson Mandela University: Zoology Department) Country:  South Africa A mother, wife, marine scientist, science communicator, mentor, PhD student and public servant, Zoleka Filander is a woman who wears many hats. Filander works as an offshore benthic ecologist for the South...
Name:  Miss Taahira Goolam Hoosen (MSc (Med); PGCE) Role/Occupation:  Lecturer & Humanitarian Country:  Cape Town, South Africa I recently had the privilege of interviewing Taahira Goolam Hoosen, a lecturer and a humanitarian. Hoosen has two major passions, education coupled with empowerment and curiosity of the human body. With degrees in the areas of biology, human genetics and haematology, she works as a...
Name:  Dr. Sneha Anand Email id: sneha.anand@psych.ox.ac.uk Background: PhD (Neurobehavioural Genetics) MSc (Biotechnology) BSc (Life Sciences) Achievements: MRC centenary award for early career researchers Medical Research Council Excellence in Research award Society for Research on Biological Rhythms Current occupation:  Scientist at University of Oxford Interviewed by:  Interviewer is Lavanya, a...
1) Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do. My name is  Marguerite Matthews  and I am a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow working at the National Institutes of Health in the Office of the Director. Prior to doing science policy work, I was a neuroscience researcher. 2) How did you arrive at this career? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? I learned about the AAAS Science and...