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Research Associate
SIPBS/ University of Strathclyde

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I am a mum of 3 kids, and I spend lots of my time caring, cooking, baking and drawing with them.

Tell us about your career journey so far, from school to now.

My favourite science subjects were biology and chemistry at school. Also, I was interested in home economics and art. I was a diligent student and my hard work meant that I came top of my class in my academic degrees. I entered the College of Pharmacy at the University of Baghdad, Iraq. I was one of the top five in my college, and I was the first in pharmaceutical chemistry. I then worked as a demonstrator, completed my master’s degree in pharmaceutics and then worked as an assistant lecturer at the same college in Baghdad. After this I was nominated, by the head of the pharmaceutics department, to study for a doctorate in Drug Delivery at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Now, I am working as a Research Associate in Drug Delivery at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.

What is your job and what is your favourite thing about it?

As a Research Associate in drug delivery at the University of Strathclyde, I work on formulating medicines for delivery to children (paediatric formulations). Also I am playing a role in teaching and training internship, Masters, and PhD students.  Every day I am quite happy to go to the lab creating a paediatric formulation to deliver a medicine and analysing its properties to see if it might work in the human body. But I am especially rewarded by teaching others and seeing how students develop skills in pharmaceutics to generate new medicines themselves.

 Are there any women who especially inspired you to go into your career?

My Mum played an important role in building my personality. She is strong, patient and kind. We were 6 siblings and my mum took care of us while working as a teacher in the school. She encouraged me to succeed in my career and being independent. I learned from her to never give up on achieving my goals in my work. If I suffer from any failure in my work this should give me a big push towards a bigger success. This mixture of kindness, patience and hardworking personality made me successful in my work and in my relationships with my colleagues in the University.

Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?

As a researcher, I work on blending different chemicals with medicines to help with their delivery into the human body. When I bake a cake or cook other of my delicious recipes at home, it honestly feels like when I mix my chemicals in the lab.  Perhaps you can try this by following some of my recipes here:

My Iraqi and Arabic Cooking - Public Facebook Group

This page is part of our#BreakTheBias blog series for International Women’s Day 2022. We’re sharing the career stories of some of our incredible women YAS members. We hope this will give a snapshot of the wide variety of jobs that women work in today, and inspire girls & young women into careers that they may not yet have considered. To illustrate part of their job, each member has also suggested a fun activity for you to try at home!

To see more snapshots of YAS members, please return to our main International Women’s Day Gallery.

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