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The Science of Dance

Dr Emily Cross is a senior lecturer at Bangor University in Wales where she co-directs the Social Brain in Action cognitive neuroscience laboratory. As a trained dancer, she is interested in the remarkable plasticity of the human brain to learn … Continue reading

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The beauty of computer science

Maria studied Philosophy and Mathematics at the University of Turin, Italy. After moving to London, she pursued an MSc at Imperial College London and remained there for her PhD. During her PhD she worked in the field of theoretical computer … Continue reading

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Science, and all that jazz….

Jassel has studied theoretical physics, music and materials science in Scotland, USA and now London. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Imperial College in hydrogen embrittlement in nuclear reactors – a hot topic in both politics and science. Her … Continue reading

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Embracing the international aspects of a life scientific

Dr. Maria Ocampo-Hafalla’s scientific career has been devoted to studying the two major types of genetic changes that are observed in tumors. During her MSc and PhD in New York, she studied single base-pair mutations. She went on to study … Continue reading

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Making the international scientist ticket work in your favour

Zoe Schnepp is a Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. She is from the UK but has worked in the US, Germany and Japan. She is passionate about Green Chemistry and designs new materials for … Continue reading

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Providing mentorship for young scientists: “a privilege and part of the job”

Hilary Lappin-Scott is Professor of Microbiology and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University. Her research focuses on how bacteria shape and alter our everyday lives. She was the President of the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) from 2009-2012: this makes her … Continue reading

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Easing the pain of long distance relationship

Sabrina Maniscalco is a quantum physicist and a Reader at Heriot-Watt University. She is the Leader of the open Quantum Systems and Entanglement group (www.openquantum.co.uk) currently consisting of 8 members (6 of them women!). After obtaining her PhD in Palermo … Continue reading

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Returning to the ‘Coolest Job in the World’

Ravinder Kanda is a researcher in the department of Zoology, University of Oxford. Since her PhD at Imperial College in human evolutionary genetics, she has spent time working in industry (paternity testing / forensic science) and as a schoolteacher, but … Continue reading

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Following your dreams: it’s never too late to become a scientist!

Julie Dunne began life as an accountant for a construction company. She took to science as a mature student, and now, in her 50s, she is in her third year of her PhD in biomolecular archaeology at the University of … Continue reading

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Supportive partners and inspirational mentors are the key to a fulfilling work-life balance for women in science

Laura Piddock (@LauraPiddock) is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham. She is also Deputy Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection, Chair in Public Engagement for the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Director of Antibiotic … Continue reading

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