PhD in Microbiology with over 14 years experience studying microbial pathogenesis.
I am a Postdoctoral fellow at the Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia. My current research focuses on the mechanism of virulence in the encapsulated yeast Cryptococcus neoformans, which is responsible for over 175,000 deaths annually and the leading cause of death in HIV/AIDS patients in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Reading articles about science discoveries stimulated my interest in STEM.
The disparity and gap in the curriculum of STEM in Africa compared to the developed world.
I was raised to be determined and never accept failure. This has assisted in my journey through language barriers and cultural shocks across the three continents I have explored academically in the last 7 years.
Proper orientation of the young ones who desire a career path in STEM and political will of African leaders to fund STEM.
The present narrative must not deter them from achieving their goals and dreams. When there is a will, there will surely be a way.
I have a twitter platform where I share scholarships tips, links and provide career guide and opportunities across the continents for prospective graduate students in Africa.
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I think it’s about time you heard my story.