This #GirlsInScience day, we decided to pick our top 15 Female Scientists that have been on our radar for quite some time. Take a look at their inspirational stories (In alphabetical order) below.
All of them studied a science degree as an undergrad , and took their skills into their careers to make a significant impact.
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Professor Alison Hardcastle – Alison Hardcastle is a Professor of Molecular Genetics at the Institute of Ophthalmology UCL – Faculty of Brain Sciences, she studied for her first degree in North East London then got her Doctorate in Newcastle. Throughout her career, she has made some major breakthroughs specialising in Genetics and their effects on eyesight with some key research successes for the disease retinitis pigmentosa.
Dr. Catherine Dobson – Dr Catherine is the Head of Engineering and Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Hull University. Her first degree in Mettallurgy (The Study of Metals), after which she completed a PhD in Medical Engineering at the University of Hull, initiating her 20 year academic career which combines medical engineering research with mechanical engineering teaching interests; and has worked on major medical research areas including osteoporosis
Dame Professor Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu DBE FRCN – Dame Elizabeth is a trail blazer in the UKs medical field, from being the UKs first sickle-cell and thalassemia nurse specialist, to helping establish the Brent Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Counselling centre. As a professor in Nursing. Not just that, she helped to create the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice at the University of West London. She holds a PhD, and was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing – she’s even written an auto-biography and most recently was presented a Pride of Britain’s Lifetime Achievement Award by Janet Jackson !
Genevieve Bent is an exceptionally engaging secondary school teacher, she is an Associate Assistant Principal at Harris Federation and the Founder of YGASTEM (Young, Gifted and STEM) An initiative that enrich and advocates for the STEM educational experience specifically for ethnic-minorities in the UK. experiences with STEM education, recently she won the ‘Harris Federation Transforming Lives award’ Which was followed by a Black Young Professional Network award for ‘Role Model of the Year’ in 2018.
Dr. Isobel Pires is a cancer biologist, and particularly interested in how low oxygen (hypoxia) in tumours impacts on therapy and metastatic spread. Dr Pires is passionate about training the next generation of scientists. She a member of the executive committee of the British Association for Cancer Research and the Education Committee of the Biochemical Society. She is also an enthusiastic science communicator, and has given talks in such events as TEDx Hull and Pint of Science, and organised the Soapbox Science Hull event in 2016-2017.
Dr. Jessica Boland is a Lecturer of Functional Materials and Devices in the Materials and Devices Division in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Manchester. She started undergrad at the University of Exeter, obtaining an MPhys with Professional Experience, then went to Oxford for her PhD. In November 2017, she was awarded the Institute of Physics Jocelyn Bell Burnell medal and prize for ‘outstanding early academic research and promotion of others in the field’. This was awarded to her for her PhD and postdoctoral research, as well as her work to promote diversity and disabilities in STEM.
Kavita Oberoi OBE – If your like most of us, you first heard of Kavita Oberoi from the Secret Millionaire in 2008. We’ve been following her work since then. Oberoi gained an undergrad Chemistry degree from the university of Huddersfield, spotted a gap in the markets and started Oberoi consulting an IT and Business Healthcare Consultancy in 2001. She is a well known figure-head in the UK Business and entrepreneurial community and is a regular on shows like : The Apprentice : Your Fired. In 2009 Kavita was named in the HBOS report as one of “Britain’s 100 Most Entrepreneurial Women”. She was also short-listed for the business and commerce award in the Lloyds Bank Jewel Awards.
Kayisha Payne began her Higher Education journey at Aston University where she read Chemical Engineering. She continued her education at Imperial College London, where she received a Masters’ in Advanced Chemical Engineering. Currently she is a Healthcare & Life Sciences Consultant and the founder of a non-profit organisation named BBSTEM. In 2018 she was recognised by the Financial Times as one of The Top 100 Most Influential BAME leaders in Diversity and Tech. In 2019 she was awarded the STEM Rising Star Award at The Black British Business Awards.
Olamide Dada is a medical student and the founder of Melanin Medics. Olamide received the Rare Rising Star Award at the House of Commons having been recognised as one of the Top 10 Black students in the UK. She was also recognised as one of the Top 100 Future Leaders 2018, and Olamide was named as a recipient for the Akindolie Medical Scholarship awarded to minority ethnic medical students with strong leadership potential. Olamide is also a current Scholar the Healthcare Leadership Academy and sits on the GMC Equality and Diversity advisory board as a member.
Pauline Narvas studied Biomedical Science at the university of Sheffield and taught herself web design and coding, then joined BT as a grad and is now a DevOps Engineer at Sky Betting and Gaming. Pauline has also founded and created her own website where she documents and shares her journey. She was voted to be the 5th most influential female student in the UK by The Tab in 2018.
Professor Nicole Pamme holds a chair in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Hull (UK) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She started wiyh an Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Marburg (Germany). And went Imperial College for her PhD studies. After which she moved to Tsukuba (Japan) as an independent research fellow and was appointed as a lecturer in Hull in December 2005 and reached the rank of Professor in 2014.
Raheela Rehman studied Physics at Manchester University then became a research associate and a product development engineer. Before joining the University of Cambridge now as a project officer, Rehman is now the Chair for Cambridge AWiSE (CamAWiSE)- Cambridge Association for women in science and engineering which is a regional network for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) in industry and academia.
Rebecca Rafferty studied Physics and Astrophysics at York University then became a consultant, then a software developer, she now works at STEM Learning UK , and co-runs Women in Tech York, a community of like-minded people studying, working or interested in technology. They run events every month and host interesting speakers and discussions on their tech knowledge and interests.
Dr. Sandrine Thuret studied Neuroscience at university, then entered her PostDoc at California’s Salks institute before starting at Kings College London. She now Leads the Adult Neurogenesis & Mental Health Laboratory and is also the Deputy Head of the Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience and the Chair of King’s Research Degrees Examination Board. She also is a science communicator and has a 9.5 million viewed viral TedTalk :’You can grow your brain cells: here’s how’
Shalom Lloyd has a BSc and MSc in Pharmacy from the Ukrainian Academy of Pharmacy in former Soviet Union, and an MBA from the University of Liverpool and is the founder of Naturally Tribal Skincare, a natural chemical-free skincare company built on valuing healthy, ethical and sustainable living whilst empowering African women and has won multiple awards. Shalom is also the Chief Strategy Officer at Emerging Markets Quality Trials (eMQT), an organisation focused on diversity in Clinical Trials providing the global pharmaceutical industry access to patients in Africa. She is also a public and TED speaker.