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Tomi Akingbade


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Tomi is currently studying for her Masters in neuroscience with hopes to continue with research after graduating. She is an advocate for equality and representation in the scientific industry and works towards giving black women the platform to connect and further their careers with the resources they need. You can read more about why she started the Black Women in Science Network in A Message from Our Founder

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Tulela Pea


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Lela is a student at the University of Nottingham and is studying Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in fashion, beauty and video editing and creating. Lela spends most of her time in the library but when she has the opportunity to relax, a Netflix binge is a must. As the editor, she hopes to start a conversation amongst communities, especially black communities, where she can inform, represent and encourage people who are a minority in STEM fields such as science, to take a stand, learn something new and dare to be different.


Gabrielle Stapleton

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Gabrielle is currently a Sociology and Criminology student at the University of Nottingham and is one of the campaign/outreach officers for the Black Women in Science Network which involves assisting members and membership. She is passionate about seeing and aiding the elevation of women, particularly black women, in their career paths. As a Social Science student, Gabrielle recognises the struggles and disparities that black women face in society. She will use her role as campaign/outreach officer to help form and implement initiatives in the best interest of Black Women in Science.

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Dr Maria Agusta Arruda


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Maria Augusta Arruda holds a BSc and a PhD in Biosciences (major in Pharmacology; 2005). Shortly after receiving her PhD, she was appointed Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at UERJ (2006-2011). In 2008, Maria joined Farmanguinhos, the Pharmaceutical Laboratory of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, to lead their Academic Department. Maria moved to the University of Nottingham in 2011, where she has been creating and supporting transatlantic collaborative networks in the field of Drug Discovery. Maria is a firm believer that a greater and genuine diversity is essential for the Progress of Science, and has been engaged in a number of Science Diplomacy and Science Communication initiatives.