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Tomi Akingbade


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Tomi is a research technician in a bioengineering group working on platforms to assist neurodegenerative disease diagnosis. She aims to contribute to research that positively impacts the understanding and treatment of neurological illnesses. As an advocate for equality and representation in science fields, Tomi works towards giving black women the platform to connect and further their careers with the resources they need to succeed. 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

Creative Editor

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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

Outreach & engagement

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Gabrielle is a postgraduate student at the University of Nottingham. As a social science student, she is interested in conducting research that will create change and address injustices and inequalities. Passionate about seeing and aiding the elevation and representation of Black women, she hopes to use her role in the Black Women in Science Network to provide opportunities for Black women to excel in their scientific education and career.

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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.