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UK Network promoting & supporting ethnic minority individuals studying & working in sci, tech, engineering & maths (STEM)--Tweets this week by
Dec 2, 2020 10 tweets 4 min read
As I've mentioned, I work on a paediatric brain cancer called ependymoma..

Ependymal cells are really cool cells that line the ventricles in the brain (basically that little white space in the middle of the brain).

Ependymomas are the third most common brain tumour in children Diagram of a mouse brain These tumours can occur in the front of the brain (known as the supratentorial region), the back (the hindbrain) or in the spinal cord.

70% of these occur in the supratentorial region (makes sense cause it's a pretty big region right?)👇
Nov 30, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Being Black British Caribbean is definitely a fun and unique experience, the culture, the food and just generally the people. However like many minorities, there are certainly some challenges, particularly within higher education... 🧵 FYI I will probably spend a lot of this week introducing you to some of the incredible friends I have made both last and this year throughout threads. Make sure you follow them all!
Nov 23, 2020 11 tweets 5 min read
I told my family from age 7 that I wanted to be a zoologist.

I am so proud of myself for all I have achieved so far and am grateful for life's opportunities everyday.

Our STEM journeys are important and I am excited to share mine with you. I graduated in BSc (hons) Zoology from @AngliaRuskin in 2015.

I struggled, mostly with exams.

After three years, I convinced myself I would never be smart enough to pursue any post-graduate studies so I got a job at @sangerinstitute as an animal tech 🐭
Aug 21, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
Thanks for your question about public speaking! I'll start off by saying I was a really quiet child and awkward teenager, so I would have never expected to become a public speaker😅 It started off small, by not avoiding presentations I was asked to do. As a student I developed my confidence and communication skills through @STEMAmbassadors volunteering with young people. Then I gained more confidence to speak as a panellist and at medium-sized events.
Aug 14, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
To anyone considering doing a PhD:

A PhD is a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s not at all about being smart (okay, there’s some element of that), but it’s more about being a hard-worker and putting in the grit. Afterall, you get out what you put in! (1/8) You’ve got to be a self-motivated individual because a PhD is very much an exercise of self-discipline. You are in charge of your timetable so it’s easy to stray off of it, so you need to be good at keeping yourself in check. (2/8)
Jul 22, 2020 12 tweets 9 min read
Today I thought I'd start by talking about community. One of the initiatives I have been a part of and is very dear to my heart, is the African-Caribbean Research Collective @ACRC_UK
1/10 👇🏾 Image We are a collective of Black British PhD candidates and holders across the arts, humanities, social sciences and STEM, who are of Caribbean descent.
Oh yeah and just a note, Caribbean people are not just Jamaican.
Jun 27, 2020 23 tweets 11 min read
Today's my last day with you folk so I want to share my journey on educating myself on race in science & medicine. I'm not an expert so just going to cover a few points that hopefully will encourage you to question and learn more 🧐 @madina_wane Firstly I'd like to affirm that race has no meaningful biological basis. It doesn't does not tell you anything about your direct genetic ancestry. It is a social category that has very real impact on people, which is why we have racial inequalities.

Jun 26, 2020 8 tweets 4 min read
Slight change in schedule! Today I'll be revealing answers to the #zebrafish quiz and sharing a bit more about my research 🐟👩🏿‍🔬 Keep sending in your questions!

We'll get back to race in science/medicine on Saturday 👀 The answer is South (East) Asia! Especially in the Himalayan region. Zebrafish are freshwater fish so they're found in rivers etc, not in the sea! The scientific name for zf is Danio rerio. Danio comes from the Bangla word for "of the rice field" (dhani)
Jun 23, 2020 14 tweets 8 min read
Good morning! Today we're going to do a deep "dive" (get ready for more fish puns!) into respiratory immunology and why it's so important to study. Got any Q's? Send them my way!

@madina_wane Let's start with some immunology basics! The immune system is a complex system of cells which patrol the body to fight off infections & cancer, and repair damaged tissue. There a loads of different immune cells but here are three to get us started Drawing of three different ...
Apr 23, 2019 20 tweets 6 min read
Ok! So I mentioned yesterday that I am not only a volcanologist, but an interdisciplinary one combining the social sciences. Part of ending up on this path was owed to my university studies, my family and also questioning the disasters that happen in the world (1/n) I am interested in how people live in a hazardous environment (flooding, hurricanes, wildfires etc) but more specifically in a volcanically active environment. So, as a physical scientist I must understand the hazard. As a social scientist, I must understand the people...(2/n)