Women in Science
Dr Priyanka Bhosale
My name is Priyanka, and I am a Biomedical Researcher in Prof. Fiona Watt’s lab at King’s College London. My work is focused on understanding the biology of epithelial stem cells and how cellular mechanisms are altered as a result of acquired mutations in oral cancers.
I completed my entire education in India. After my PhD I moved to the UK to continue my research career. Today as a woman in science, I feel we have better opportunities and exposure than ever before. The increase in proportion of women pursuing careers in science has led to the decrease of the gender gaps at workplaces. We have more role models and diverse representation of women from different countries and all the scientific discipline to inspire young girls to choose scientific career. However, career in science does come with challenges, failures and setbacks that lead to the feeling of being a total imposter.
In my scientific journey, I have experienced phases of total setbacks and times when I feel I am not good enough. To overcome this issue, I got an amazing piece of advice from my current supervisor: 'to keep listing all the positives and achievements I have, no matter how big or small they are'. Going back and reading them made me realise how much I have achieved and that has helped a lot. I highly recommend discussing with your mentor when feeling low or imposter: it is extremely helpful.
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