Our featured Woman in STEM is Samantha Yammine, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. A lot of people use social media to talk about their passions; well, so does Yammine, who loves to share her discoveries on her Instagram page.
Her academic research is focused on studying the brain cells. In her words, “I study brain development and stem cell biology; in particular, the lineage relationships of the earliest cells of the brain during development, and how stem cells maintain the adult brain and can be activated for repair.” Samantha is developing her research under the supervision of renown scientist Dr. Derek van der Kooy.
Like many scientists, she started her interest in science when she was a kid. At first, she thought she would be a chemist since she always loved chemical reactions. But later on, she was fascinated with the human brain, and when she was 14 years old, she already knew she wanted to pursue neuroscience studies.
Her research, her speech abilities and most of all her passion about STEM, has opened a lot of incredible doors for her. She has teaching experience from high school to University, she is a very requested speaker and appeared on TV as a guest science expert in various programs.
Yammine has a piece of advice for girls interested in STEM: “don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something if that’s what you want. Sometimes the number one thing that holds us back is ourselves, so beware of any depreciation or ego that might be weighing you down internally. If people try to drag you down, replace them with others who are wise enough to be champions for you because you deserve more champions and less haters”. Well said Samantha Yammine, STEM Camp agrees completely!
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Next week: Have you ever heard of Jenise Lee? Don’t miss next week “Women in STEM”!
STEM Camp’s new segment “Women in STEM” features prominent female Canadian STEM Champions. It is part of STEM Camp’s ongoing passion for, and commitment to, helping parents entice young girls to pursue their dreams in STEM-related fields. It is our hope that parents will read this feature with their girls each Monday from December 11, 2017 until June 25th. Go STEM girls!
Jacob, W. (2017, November 21). #STEMSpark: Biologist Samantha Yammine shares her fascination with the natural world through social media. Retrieved April 22, 2018, from https://www.hervolution.org/stemspark-biologist-samantha-yammine-shares-fascination-natural-world-social-media/
Samantha. (n.d.). Retrieved April 22, 2018, from http://www.samanthayammine.com/about