Episode 21: Muslim Women In S.T.E.M. Amina Jama


We’re really excited to be able to share this series with you. Women make up about 24% of the workers in S.T.E.M. Fields and within in that small amount of women is a smaller amount of Muslim Sisters.

These ladies have accomplished some much in their education and work fields that its hard for me to put into words but you will get a chance to hear their stories in this series. Stay tuned every week for the next 5 weeks inshaAllah to hear all about the amazing work they do.

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Amina Jama is a 24 year old Somali PhD student studying Chemical Biology at Imperial College university in London. She has completed a 4 year integrated master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Queen Mary university in London. Last year she finished a master’s in research in chemical biology at Imperial. She is currently in the first year of her PhD. Her research project focuses on increasing crop productivity by enhancing photosynthesis through manipulating important enzymes that make food in plants, this is to tackle the problem of increasing food demand which is a result of rising global populations. For the past 5 years, she has also been tutoring youth in the Somali community by teaching science courses that can help them get into science degrees in universities insha’Allah.

She would love to one day carry on this work in Africa and set up networks that can help people excel in education and provide access to various science and technology industries insha’Allah.

In this episode we talked about:

  • Why did she pick the field of Science

  • What kind of Support did she receive from Family, Friends and her school.

  • What Job opportunities are available to those Studying the Sciences

  • How she stays motivated in such a demanding and draining program

  • Amina answers a question from a Instagram follower

  • More tips and advice about getting into the sciences.

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