Alexander Davenport

Women in STEM

Women are hugely under-represented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields. Whilst there are many complicated reasons behind this, I wanted to showcase some of the talented women in STEM that I have had the pleasure to photograph throughout this project. Ultimately, I believe that if we want to encourage more women to go into the STEM fields, they need to be able to see themselves in those roles.

If you would like to take part, please email me Alex[at]

Dr Gurib-Fakim GSCK is a scientist, Author, Entrepreneur and Academic. She graduated from the University of Surrey before completing a PhD from Exeter University in Organic Chemistry. In academia, Dr Gurib-Fakim was a professor of chemistry at the University of Mauritius with her work focussing on the study of medicinal and aromatic plants of the Indian Ocean.

She became Dean of the Faculty of Science as well as Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University. After leaving academia she became the managing director of her own scientific research organisation "CIPD Research and Innovation".

Dr Gurib-Fakim was the Chairperson for the International Council for Scientific Union – Regional Office for Africa prior to becoming the President of Mauritius.

She has been awarded numerous national and international awards for her work including the African Union Women in Science award and the L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science for Africa

Professor Gillian Griffiths.

Professor Griffiths is a world renowned Immunologist dedicating her career to understanding the mechanisms of Cytotoxic T cell killing. Winner of the Royal Society’s 2019 buchanan medal, the first time it has ever been awarded to a female scientist, Professor Griffiths has been a strong leader for women in STEM. Previously she has headed the prestigious Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR) and is a senior Fellow at Kings College Cambridge. Professor Griffiths was elected a Fellow of the Royal society in 2013 and continues to publish many important works that impact on the way we think about Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes.

Gigi Yuen

Gigi is an Engineer currently working for a major multinational company. After graduating with a bachelors of science and engineering from Monash University, Gigi has worked both in Australia and the UK.

Dr Catherine Ludden

Dr Ludden is a postdoctoral scientist specialising in Epidemiology and infection control. Originally from Ireland, Dr Ludden has produced works investigating the spread and origins of many bacterial infections common within the community and hospital system. Her work helps us to understand how simple but vital acts such as hand washing can reduce bacterial infections of patients as well as the origins of blood born bacteria which can be a real risk to patients.

Candice Worsteling

Candice completed a masters of Environment at the University of Melbourne and now works at the Cambridge institute for sustainability leadership, focussing on natural capital and resource sustainability.

Heather Muir

Heather is currently a PhD student at the University of Cambridge in computational physics. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland (Australia) in Aerospace Engineering she is now working on developing a new simulation of the plasma layer which forms around spacecraft re-entering earth's atmosphere. The project examines the heat shielding and communications problems during reentry flight. She hopes to continue her work after her PhD in the space industry.

Miriam Lisci

Miriam is a research scientist at the University of Cambridge. Miriam specialises in discovering the function of Cytotoxic T cells and how they kill virally infected or cancerous cells.

Dr Claire Ma.

Dr Ma is a clinical research fellow specialising in respiratory medicine. Completing her undergraduate medicine course at the University of Cambridge she is now working towards gaining her PhD in cell biology.

Christina Courreges

Christina is a scientist in the Dept of Pathology at the University of Cambridge. She works on the Regulatory cells of the Immune system, the cells that keep our bodies from mounting an over active immune response.