• Question: who is your role model

    Asked by anon-182792 on 25 Jun 2018.
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      Liza Selley answered on 25 Jun 2018:

      I take a lot of inspiration from my PhD supervisors. One was really keen to do extracurricular work (like MRC festival), another directed the toxicology department for Public Health England and the last works closely with the government to make improvements to air quality laws.

      Together these people helped me shape my career plans and try to create a balance between performing research and sharing it with other professionals so that it can be used to make positive changes to the way we treat lung disease or regulate pollution emissions.

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      Claire Donald answered on 25 Jun 2018:

      My role model for becoming a scientist was David Attenborough. I loved watching his programmes and learned so much about our world from them.

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      Lauren Burns answered on 25 Jun 2018:

      My supervisors are the ones who I look up to. They are real people with fantastic, impactful research. They support me and are so encouraging, if I become even half the researcher they are, I would consider my career a success 🙂

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      Hannah Farley answered on 25 Jun 2018:

      My role models are some of the doctors that treat patients with the disease I work on. I also find Dame Kay Davies really inspiring – she works on Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD) and has spent her career working towards a treatment for the disorder. I saw her talk last week and I think her science will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of DMD patients around the world, and hopefully help them survive into their late 60s (as opposed to now, where most patients only survive into their 20s).

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      Ashley Akbari answered on 25 Jun 2018:

      I do not know if I have one role model – I like to draw experiences and inspiration from lots of people, including those I work with and alongside as there is always things to learn and people to learn from.

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      Joey Shepherd answered on 26 Jun 2018:

      I have many – some are people that I have worked for who have many admirable traits – curiosity, patience, and a lot of intelligence! Others are people like Dame Sally Davies, the UK Chief Medical Officer who has really brought the problem of antibiotic resistance to the public. Historically, people like Edward Jenner who created the first vaccine, and women scientists through the ages who have had to overcome obstacles in their path such as not being able to study what they wanted at University (or indeed go to University at one point!). I try and learn from all the people I admire and be a bit more like them.

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      Laura Hemming answered on 27 Jun 2018:

      I don’t know her name – but a Child Psychologist that helped me when I was at secondary school. It was her that made me realise that I wanted to study Psychology to try and help others with their mental health.

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      Camille Parsons answered on 27 Jun 2018:

      My role models are my colleagues around me (both junior and senior colleagues), I work with some very incredible women and they regularly offer me mentorship and support. If I achieve even a small amount of what they have I will consider that my career has been successful.