Diversifying STEM; the Importance of Representation, Equity, and Inclusion

Published on: Jul 15, 2022

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Please can you introduce yourself, and tell us about your background in biophysics, neuroscience, and biomedical data science?

My name is Paula Petrone, and I am Argentine. I first studied physics, and then my career path turned to biophysics and the life sciences. For about ten years, I have been largely dedicated to biomedical data science, which is a field I love. Every day is different and each project offers a variety of challenges and opportunities to learn. During the influx of COVID, I started my own startup in biomedical data analytics, and I also started my own academic lab at ISGlobal. In my lab, we have several projects which address different biomedical problems such as COVID, malaria, Chagas, and mental health, dealing with different biomedical data, including imaging.

During SLAS Europe 2022 you are participating in a special session titled ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’. Can you give us a preview of what viewers should expect from this talk?

We are trying to discuss - and bring awareness to –  the issue of inclusion in the workplace. We think it is a very important topic, particularly at this conference.

Essentially, we want to make people think about their work-life balance and the inclusion of different genders and backgrounds. I think that is very important. I am very proud of the organizers for having that session and that panel.

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