Kayisha Payne: Founder of BBSTEM, Associate Scientist at MedImmune
Kayisha Payne (an entrepreneur, chemical engineer and my old school mate) is the founder of BBSTEM – Black British Professionals in STEM. BBSTEM is an organisation campaigning for balance and representation of Black individuals in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). They aim to encourage, enable and energise individuals in business, industry and education to widen participation, contribution of Black individuals in STEM. Their professional network of BBSTEM members inspire the young Black British generation to choose STEM subjects. Their principle mission is to have Black parity in the UK’s STEM workforce, from school to the highest level in industry.
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Chinedu Agwu: Medical Science PhD Student
Well…I’m the owner of this blog however alongside this I am a full-time PhD student funded by the President’s Doctoral Award Scholarship scheme at the University of Manchester. My research focuses on complications in pregnancy, specifically pre-eclampsia and I’m investigating whether a particular drug can address the poor vascular function seen in this condition with the aim of improving pregnancy outcomes for mother and baby. Following this I want to become a medical writer and eventually a medical science liaison officer. Besides that, I hope to set up a community interest company to support young people and the homeless so stay tuned! I am at the infancy of my career but it’s never too late to start promoting yourself and generating new ideas to inspire the next generation. Whatever you are doing big or small, science or not – slay in your lane (Title of book by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené). Make an impact and create space for the next generation to fill. We ALL can make a tangible difference in this world if we take that first step in our individual roles.