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IBME Researchers Feature in International Day of Women and Girls in Science

As part of International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, the University of Oxford featured Professor Eleanor Stride and Dr Ana Namburete from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering. The General Assembly (United Nations) adopted a resolution on 22 December 2015, to establish an annual International Day to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities.

 Microbubbles used to encapsulate and deliver anti-cancer drugs viewed using fluorescent microscopy. Courtesy of Eleanor Stride.Eleanor Stride, Professor of Engineering Science, said: One of the things I like most about my job is that it lies at the interface between physics, chemistry and biology — we still understand so little about how to engineer and deliver therapy effectively to the human body that there is tremendous scope for making new discoveries. Even more important to me is the possibility of translating our discoveries into technology that can have a real, positive impact on our lives. I think it is crucial that we communicate the tremendously important role that engineering plays in every aspect of our lives and the huge range of areas that it spans — it is about building bridges and cars but it’s so much much more.’

Professor Stride holds a BEng and PhD from University College London. Following the completion of her PhD in 2005, she was appointed to a lectureship and a Royal Academy of Engineering and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Research Fellowship, and subsequently a Readership in 2010. She joined the Department's Institute of Biomedical Engineering in October 2011 when she also became a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College. Her research is focused in two complementary areas namely drug delivery systems engineering and biomedical ultrasonics.

Ana NambureteDr Ana Namburete, Associate Research Fellow in Engineering (St Hilda’s College) said: ‘Growing up, I always thought that the only way I could help people was by becoming a medical doctor. But when I realised that I enjoyed really maths in school, I was advised that engineering might be a better path for me. So I combined my interests and trained to become a biomedical engineer. Now, I get to travel the world and be a part of a team of doctors, engineers, and scientists to design tools to improve prenatal care in low-income countries. At age 16, I never could have imagined that I would be contributing to my home country of Mozambique in this way.’

Dr Namburete graduated from Simon Fraser University with a First Class Honours degree in Biomedical Engineering. As a holder of the Commonwealth Scholarship, she joined the Department’s Biomedical Image Analysis Laboratory in 2011 where she completed a DPhil in Engineering Science.

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