#LINO19 Lindau Alumna Salma Sohrabi-Jahromi from Iran is a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. It was recently discovered that the cells in our body have small liquid droplets inside them. These liquid sub-compartments organise cellular reactions and thus make our cells more efficient. Salma studies how the droplets form and how they attract specific molecules.
What advice do you have for other women interested in science?
I believe that great things happen only when you take advantage of the opportunities that are passing by. I often see students of both genders (but much more often women) that do not feel confident enough to apply for a scholarship. Sometimes they are afraid of signing up for giving a student talk at a conference, or do not feel confident enough to nominate themselves for a prestigious science award. To often we are feeling uncomfortable with speaking up for ourselves when things go south.
If I had to give an advice, it would be to encourage women to watch out for all opportunities that turn up and make use of them with confidence. Even though we – as women – play the game on a higher difficulty level, we can still reach far by staying confident and diligent.
In your opinion, what will be the next great breakthrough in physics?
I am very fascinated by our recent progress in human genetics and artificial intelligence (AI). The next big step seems to be combining these two for accelerated diagnosis and personalised medicine. AI will help doctors diagnose health problems faster and more accurately. And personalised medicine as well as gene editing will bring us the premise of curing disorders that are barely treated today.
Learn more about her career, her motivation and her thoughts on women in research in her interview on our blog.