I first came to the UK to pursue my undergraduate degree. In 2010, I obtained my BSc (Hons) in Human Genetics fromthe University of Leeds. I then went on to do an MSc in Molecular Biotechnologyat the University of Birmingham, where I gained further interest in immunologyand microbiology. A few years later, I was fortunate to attend the Universityof Birmingham again for my doctoral studies. My PhD project focused onidentifying variation in host macrophage responses to Cryptococcus neoformans.
I currently work as a Postdoctoral Research. The project I am working on involves identifying and testing new compounds from the cannabis plant that could potentially be used as immunotherapies towards a variety of immune disorders.
I have always had a love for science since childhood. During secondary school, an inspirational teacher encouraged me topursue a career in research after realizing how inquisitive about biology I was.
The constant struggle to obtain visas to either attend conferences or gain employment. Also, aside from culture shock,it was difficult to envisage my career path in a field with unknown/few African role models.
My background taught me to be resilient and goal-oriented. I believe these traits help me along my journey.
Nations should include current and past African scientists and their contributions to STEM in school curricula. I also think more public engagements with African STEM researchers will help to change the narrative.
Your dreams are valid and achievable. Where there is a will, there is a way…