Unique Scientist: Ila Tewari

Time to meet Ila Tewari! Ila is a PhD student at the University of Malta where she studies cellular differentiation and epigenetics!

What kind of scientist are you?
I am a PhD student at University of Malta, Department of Medicine and Surgery. My PhD research is focused on derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from cord blood and studying epigenetic pathways involved in generation of pluripotent stem.

What made you want to become a scientist?
Curiosity and being passionate about learning. As a child, biology has always attracted me when I use to use to study about cell and its function, lots of questions triggers into my mind “how does the human body functions? how the human body protects itself from diseases? What is the role of the immune system?, etc… never ending list of questions that drove me into the field of research and I ended up pursuing a PhD.

“Life is all about struggles and ups and downs and everyone has to find their own way.”

Ila Tewari

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
Research is the distance between an idea and its realization“. Ever since I was born in a city in India where girls education is not a priority I just followed my dreams my passion despite hurdles came in a way when people forced me to study social science instead of biology. I didn’t give up. Life is all about struggles and ups and downs and everyone has to find their own way. After travelling a long journey which wasn’t straight, here I am doing my PhD on stem cells.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I love to cook. I believe cooking is another form of research and there is always a possibility to improve current/existing protocol same way there is always a possibility to improve current recipe and make different variety of food. Love trying new dishes I am a food lover and love to try different cuisine.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
Equality in science, being racist. Equal opportunity should be given to everyone as all deserves right to study and explore. SCIENCE is for everyone!!!

“A PhD is not a result of one person’s effort, it’s the outcome of a group of people working behind the curtain on daily basis.”

Ila Tewari

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
My high school biology teacher has a great impact on me which made me choose science as a career. The way she use to take classes has inspired me a lot. I am very much lucky to have amazingly supportive supervisor who always inspires me in my research.

– Dr. Elisa : Wonderful scientist and a human. I am privileged to learn some aspect of stem cell culturing from her. Was always there to advise me and help me when needed.
– Sameer: Machine learning scientist, great friend and a partner who has only inspired my professionally but in all fronts of all my life.

A PhD is not a result of one person’s effort, it’s the outcome of a group of people working behind the curtain on daily basis.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
This week was super busy with writing up my thesis as my deadline is approaching. I have submitted my abstract for a conference going to held this year.


#WomenInSTEM

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