I am lucky in that I have a community of women that I can speak to when I want to talk about science, and being a woman in science. It is great to be able to go to them for support, and I am inspired by every one of them.
I am also inspired by the people I met during my time at the MRC. A lot of the Gambians I know are older than me, and ahead of me career-wise, and I’ve found it incredibly useful to be able to look them up and go to them when I am looking for career advice, or career inspiration. In this sense, people such as Dr Madikay Senghore, and Dr Neneh Sallah, who did her PhD at Sanger, have been quite instrumental in my career.
Beyond this, there are a few women I follow who are doing incredible science and whose careers inspire me to continue to be the best I can be. One of these is Prof Francisca Mutapi who is a Professor of Immunology at Edinburgh and co-Director of the Global Health Academy. The other is Professor Faith Osier who is at Imperial College, and the current President of the International Union of Immunological Societies, which has 60,000 members globally. She is the first African and only the second woman in this role.