Time to meet Dr. Safiyyah Iqbal! Dr. Iqbal is a research scientist that specializes in functional morphology of prehistoric species and a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa!
What kind of scientist are you?
I am a research scientist that specializes in functional morphology of prehistoric species postcrania in relation to extant species. I am also a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand for 1st year medical students.
What made you want to become a scientist?
I really enjoyed palaeontology, osteology, statistical analyses, amongst other topics that I studied during my undergrad and postgrad which outlined the vast research that still needs to be conducted. And as a kid that was curious to learn more about the world, I knew science is where I’d like to base my career.
“I am a practising muslim female in science so sometimes it gets a bit difficult in explaining my career to someone and as to why I have chosen this.”Dr. Safiyyah Iqbal
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I am a practising muslim female in science so sometimes it gets a bit difficult in explaining my career to someone and as to why I have chosen this. But knowing that my faith in my religion is strong and that my curiosity of the world is my career, it becomes easier and makes me a #UniqueScientist .
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I’m very adventurous and love to explore the world, seeing new places, meeting new people, always learning. I’m a child at heart, I truly enjoy puzzles, reading and have a collection of dinosaurs at home and at work.
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I wouldn’t want to change science but rather advance it. That we should accept each scientist as they are and be readily welcoming.
“They have always been my whisper of positive thoughts as well as the push I sometimes need.”Dr. Safiyyah Iqbal
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
I have wonderful parents who always stood by me, incredible friends, advisors and colleagues that have always encouraged and motivated me. They have always been my whisper of positive thoughts as well as the push I sometimes need.
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I completed a publication that will be sent for review. I got nominated to be a member of Sigma XI.