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To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023, we are sharing profiles of some of the women from the MRC Toxicology Unit highlighting their careers, experiences, passions and more. Today we want to introduce you to Analle.

Who are you and what is your role?

My name is Analle and I am currently working as a research assistant in the Mennella lab. With my education and professional experience in the field of artificial intelligence, I am utilising my skills to drive innovation in the medical imaging industry. Specifically, my work focuses on integrating cutting-edge AI technologies with electron microscopic data to do organelle segmentation.


How did you get into your role and where would you like to take your career in the future?

My journey in AI for medical application started during my Masters degree at the University of Southampton, where I worked with Dr Mennella on my thesis project. I focussed on exploring the use of deep learning for the automation of cell cropping and diagnosis in medical images. The positive results of this project inspired me to apply to the Mennella lab and build on my previous work in similar projects. I am passionate about using AI to make a positive impact on the world and look forward to continuing this pursuit in my future career.


Have you faced any challenges as a woman in science?

Gladly, I have been welcomed into the field without facing any issues.


If you could have a lab superpower, what would it be?

I am fascinated by the concept of time manipulation and would be thrilled to possess such a power. This would allow me to speed up time and instantly jump to the end results of an experiment and move onto the next without having to wait too long for the outcomes.


What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy spending my free time travelling and hanging out with friends. I like to play sports like basketball and badminton. I have recently started playing squash and am working on improving my skills there.


What advice would you share with other women in science or girls interested in getting into science?

Believe in yourself and don't let negative stereotypes or imposter syndrome hold you back. Seek out mentors and role models who can provide you with support and guidance, while networking and collaborating with others in the field, to build yourself a strong professional community.