Celebrating women and girls who are leading the way in science

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Celebrating women and girls who are leading the way in science

Celebrating women and girls who are leading the way in science

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is being celebrated on 11 February. This day is one of the days that Professor Evelyn Madoroba recognizes  and acknowledges. She knows only too well how important it is to create awareness of science careers and celebrate women’s contribution to discipline.

In celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day devoted to extraordinary women and girls across the globe who are discovering the future and making the world a better place through the power of science. Female scientists who go beyond any barrier, forge new scientific paths and are at the forefront of achieving a much-needed gender equality in science.

Prof Madoroba is a  Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Zululand. She teaches undergraduate modules in Microbiology and supervises postgraduate students. Her  research focusses on surveillance of antimicrobial resistance among bacterial pathogens using conventional and molecular tools as well as bioprospecting for potential novel antimicrobial compounds from microorganisms that live in extreme environments. In addition, another aspect of her research involves improving the status of fermented indigenous African foods using potential starter cultures.

At present, Prof Madoroba is  a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in the United States of America. Her research focuses on understanding antimicrobial resistance and virulence factors of bacterial pathogens using Bioinformatics.

On the  influence  that triggered her to venture into Science she said, “  I chose a career in Science because I am very curious about how different biological systems work. I have always wanted to know how to provide solutions that can improve the quality of life of both human beings and animals.”

Expounding on how it has been over the years being in science, “I have received a lot of support, opportunities and encouragement over the years, which contributed immensely to my career. I have been exposed to different aspects of Bacteriology in Diagnostic and Research laboratories as well as in academia. The journey has been very rewarding and fulfilling from many fronts. I received training from experts in the field of Microbiology and I have an opportunity to transfer the skills and knowledge to the next generation of Microbiologists.” Explained Prof Madoroba.

Moving forward , Prof Madoroba’s idea of inspiring  more young girls to undertake a career in Science is by making Science lessons at school engaging and exciting. Furthermore, girls should be encouraged and intentionally supported  so that they improve confidence in Science subjects. Young girls should be exposed to female Science role models through different platforms and be afforded the opportunity to interact with scientists to boost their interest in Science. “In addition, young girls should be encouraged to participate in Science projects. Exposure to the diverse career options in science and the different subjects that are required is important to encourage young girls to join careers in Science.” Concluded Prof Madoroba.

  • Precious Shamase

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