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11th February marks the annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS). It celebrates women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the vital work they do. By celebrating and increasing the visibility of women and girls in STEM, we can inspire the next generation of female scientists and help overcome the gender divide.

This year we created a series of interviews and profiles with some of the amazing women in science we have working at the Unit to highlight the amazing work and experiences they have had so far. Explore our profiles below:


Charlotte Miller

Charlotte is one of our Laboratory Technicians working in our media kitchen and recently joined the Unit.

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Dr Sina Beier

Sina is a Bioinformatician in our Bioinformatics Facility. After working in industry, she moved to the UK and back into academia.

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Dr Nonantzin Beristain

Noni is a Research Associate in the Patil lab and her research looks into how pollutants found in food impact on the biology of our cells.

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Analle Abuammar

Analle is a Research Assistant in the Mennella lab and is working on cutting-edge artificial technologies and integrating them with electron microscopy.

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Dr Rui Guan

Rui is a Research Associate in the Patil lab and studies the interactions between the microbes harboured in our gut and xenobiotics we and our gut microbes are exposed to. 

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Dr Bini Ramachandran

Bini is our Proteomics Technical Lead in the Proteomics Core Facility. Her role supports our researchers with their proteomics-related scientific goals.

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Dr Laraine Crossland

Laraine is our Laboratory and Facilities Manager. Having left the bench behind, she is responsible for maintaining our lab and estate facilities.

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Odara Medagedara

Odara is a first year PhD student in the Mennella lab and her research involves using volume electron microscopy to understand lung development and the adverse effects of various toxicants on this process.

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Vitalina Chamberlain-Evans

Vita is a Research Assistant in the Thaventhiran lab. She is developing new methods for antibody gene sequencing.

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Gaby Oxley

Gaby is a third year PhD student in the van de Pette lab. She is exploring the impact of pharmaceutical drugs on development during pregnancy.

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