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Women in STEM: from Trinity across Europe

Are you curious about how research is led by women in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute and across Europe? Women in STEM are sharing their experiences in Ireland and the Netherlands!

When: Friday, 24 September; 16:00 - 17:00 IST

It is important to highlight female scientists, the contribution they make to science and the role they play within the scientific community.

Many female scientists have made pioneering contributions to the history of science, confirming their integral role in STEM. However, significant gaps and challenges still exist. Therefore, it is still imperative to create a more collaborative, equal and inclusive environment for women in every office, lab or workplace.

Here you can listen to different stories from international researchers who are working every day in health sciences and how they are trying to make a difference.

Have a read of the speakers' biographies:

"My name is Juliana Escher Toller-Kawahisa, I am a visiting Post-Doctoral fellow from Brazil. I got my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences in 2009 at UNIFAFIBE and my Masters (2012) and PhD (2016) degrees in Basic and Applied Immunology at Sao Paulo University. In 2015, during my time as a PhD student, I got a fellowship to do an internship at Queen Mary University of London to study the role of Annexin A1 in macrophages. In 2017 I got a FAPESP fellowship to do my post-doc at Sao Paulo University and to study neutrophil metabolism and function. During this year I am working at Professor Luke O’Neill’s Lab to do part of my research and to learn new skills''

"Kia ora! My name is Maureen Yin and I am from China. I am currently a second-year Ph.D. student at TBSI. My academic journey started with a diploma in midwifery in China. In 2013, I moved to New Zealand, first worked as a caretaker in nursing homes, and later went to the University of Otago where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology as the top academic student. Currently, I am in the group of Professor Luke O'Neill and my Ph.D. project is on investigating therapeutic methods for allergic disease. I am very honored to be invited as one of the speakers for this event and share my experience in science as a woman with you."

"My name is Christine Kreher and I am an early-stage researcher in the INsTRuCT consortium which is funded by the EU Horizon programme. I started my research career with my bachelor in Biochemistry at the University of Leipzig (Germany). Afterwards, I conducted a research project on antiviral activities of human interferons at Aarhus University as part of an Erasmus exchange. In 2019, I finished my master thesis at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig. As I wanted to further progress in the immunology research field, I began a PhD at Sanquin in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2020. Currently, I am setting up an assay to deeply phenotype SARS-CoV-2 specific T cells in convalescent and vaccinated individuals."

"My name is Alessia, I am 25 years old and I am Italian. I started my scientific career in the city of Turin (Italy) where I obtained my bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Biotechnology. During a 6 month Erasmus+ Program in Orsay (Paris, France), I attended the master degree’s program Biology and Health at the University Paris-Sud (Paris XI), France. Furthermore, I had the chance to investigate the dynamics of cerebellar development during my university internship at Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (NICO), Turin (Italy). After that, I started my master thesis’ project at the Clinical and Biological Sciences Department in Turin (Italy) for my master’s degree (MSc) in Medical Biotechnology and I worked on a rare cerebrovascular disease. I am now in the 3rd year of my PhD in Immunology at Trinity and my project focuses on immune cells handling for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases mitigation."

“My name is Emily and I am from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I completed my Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biomedical sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I completed my PhD in Medical Sciences also at McMaster University under the supervision for Dr. Greg Steinberg. I moved to Dublin, Ireland in January of 2021, to study the role of metabolism in the immune cells, and how this effects release of factors that mediate food intake and immune responses to exercise.”

"My name is Antonia and I was born and raised in Austria. I received my scientific education as a molecular biologist at the University of Vienna. I always found it most important to keep challenging myself, and to broaden my skill sets in different environments. Now it has been almost 10 years since I started my studies, and I am proud of how much I have learned in various labs across different countries. Still, the decision whether I really wanted to start a doctoral degree was one that took time. Join our call if you are interested to learn more about how I found the courage to embark on a 4-year research project in the field of immunotherapies."

Tune in to hear more about them!

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860003.