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'Why should women not be able to become scientists?'

11 February is the International Say of Women and Girls in Science. We met with biologist Gabriela Retamalas to talk about what it means to be a woman in the realm of science.

Picture a typical scientist or researcher in your head. What comes to mind? Perhaps an older, balding man with white hair and glasses, or maybe a younger "nerdy" man similar to those depicted in TV shows like "The Big Bang Theory"? While such scientists exist, Gabriela Retamales challenges this notion with a smile: "The Big Bang Theory is full of clichés. My living space is definitely not filled with neurons on blackboards."

Gabriela, born in Chile, discovered her passion for natural sciences at a young age. "I'm deeply interested in biology because I enjoy understanding how things work," she shares. "I think that in biology, there's a lot we don't know. I want to shed a light on those gaps and explain how things work."

In Luxembourg, the young woman successfully completed her Master's in Systems Biology, a field that blends mathematics, modeling, and biology. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Luxembourg, specialising in the field of biomedicine.


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