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Cardiff University bioscientist shortlisted for ‘Pioneer' Award

10 February 2016

Dr Kelly BéRubé

Dr Kelly Bérubé, a Reader in Cell Biology at Cardiff University School of Biosciences, has been announced as a finalist in the Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards.

The Womenspire Awards celebrate the achievements of Welsh women from all backgrounds who are doing extraordinary things in all parts of their everyday lives.

Dr Bérubé has been shortlisted in the ‘Pioneer’ category, which recognises women who are working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM).

The number of women studying or working in STEM remains stubbornly low. This award celebrates women who have excelled in either education or a career in STEM, and are pioneering STEM as a study or career path to other women.

With a background in electron microscopy and lung toxicology, Dr Bérubé has built an international reputation in the field of air pollution and human health. Her research has a particular interest in understanding how pollutants compromise lung biochemistry and alter gene and protein expression to drive disease mechanisms. 

Dr BéruBé's field of study is of natural interest to the general public, and she has worked extensively on communicating her research through public engagements of science for primary schools, laymen groups and professional learned societies.

Dr Bérubé said

“I am honoured to be considered for the Pioneer Award that recognises women working in STEM. Throughout my career as a Scientist and a STEM Ambassador for Wales, I have promoted STEM subjects as viable career choices for women and girls. STEM jobs are never dull, employment is worldwide and salaries are high. Who wouldn’t want a job like that?”

Winners of the Womenspire Awards will be revealed at a vibrant ceremony on Thursday 14 April 2016 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

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