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To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11th February, the University of Oxford is featuring some of the women who are making their mark in science at Oxford.

Composite picture of women scientists at Oxford

Scientists at all levels from MPLS and Medical Sciences were asked to provide a photo and a short quote to inspire a new generation of women scientists.

To see the full feature, please click here.Scientists were also interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford.

The researchers featured from MPLS include:

EJ Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity, Zoology: “My job allows me the freedom to explore new ideas and to see my findings put into practice. I am surrounded by talented, committed and inspiring people who challenge me with fresh perspectives. I can cross academic boundaries, and understand how different subjects approach problems, and how different cultures view the world. And best of all I feel that our work is contributing to making the world a better place.”

Tessa Baker, Postdoctoral Researcher in Astrophysics, Department of Physics: “It is so easy for the mind to magnify challenges into impossibility, especially for young women. Ten years ago I would have never believed that I could have a career as a professional cosmologist. I simply wasn’t capable, wasn’t clever enough. I still have to pinch myself some days!”

Eleanor Stride, Professor of Engineering Science: “One of the things I like most about my job is that it lies at the interface between physics, chemistry and biology — we still understand so little about how to engineer and deliver therapy effectively to the human body that there is tremendous scope for making new discoveries. Even more important to me is the possibility of translating our discoveries into technology that can have a real, positive impact on our lives. I think it is crucial that we communicate the tremendously important role that engineering plays in every aspect of our lives and the huge range of areas that it spans — it is about building bridges and cars but it’s so much much more.”

Tamsin Mather, Professor of Earth Sciences: “As a volcanologist, no two working days are ever the same. I can be in the lab one day and then up a volcano the next. The core of my work is scientific research but I also have the privilege of working with local agencies managing volcanic hazards in countries such as Guatemala and Chile. When I was at school I had no idea of the wide range of exciting jobs that a career in science opened up but I have always enjoyed discovering new things about how the world around us works.”

Ruth Baker, Associate Professor of Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Institute: “Mathematics underpins all aspects of our lives, whether in predicting the weather or encrypting our mobile phones. In my field of mathematical biology, mathematical models are helping unravel the mechanisms that lead to disease, and enabling the identification of new drugs and better treatment protocols. I get to work with scientists and academics from across a range of areas and countries: interdisciplinary science is above all a collaborative experience. These are exciting times to be a mathematician!”

Marina Jirotka, Professor of Human-Centred Computing, Department of Computer Science: “I get to meet people from all different walks of life. Even making a small positive difference to the way they live, work and play can be so rewarding…. and it can also be a lot of fun!”

Angela J Russell, Associate Professor in Medicinal Chemistry: “I’ve always been driven by a desire to carry out research for the betterment of human health. I chose to study chemistry at university as a subject that I love and recognised at that time as fundamental, underpinning and impacting other disciplines, including medicine. My research group aims to discover new drugs to target devastating degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease or heart failure. Our work has the potential to impact on millions of people around the world."

Story courtesy of the University of Oxford.