International Women's Day: Inspiring young minds and safe science with Charlotte Maughan
Happy International Women's Day! This date has its origins back in the early 1900s, when women were marching for voting rights and better working rights. In 1909, the first National Women's Day was observed in the U.S. From that point on, more countries began to observe the day and it was officially recognized by the UN in 1975.
This year, we spoke with one of our scientists, Charlotte, to learn about the vital work she does and what inspired her to become a scientist. She's also passionate about inspiring the next generation of minds to take up science!
"Knowing that patients benefit from our work and have access to safe, effective medicines as a result is a great feeling."
What focus area is your work?
My background is in biomedical science with my PhD being in pharmaceutics with a special focus on vaccine discovery. Currently, I am working in the GMP analytical chemistry sector of LGC helping ensure pharmaceuticals are safe for patient use.
When did you first become interested in science?
Breaking my leg at the age of five meant that I was in and out of hospital quite a lot receiving treatment. It was fascinating to watch the doctors and nurses utilise their medical expertise to help others. As a result, I developed a love for medical science.
As an electronics engineer, my dad loved to create novel physics experiments for my brother and I to complete around the home. These experiments helped ignite the spark that medical science had started.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
The variety in our workload means that there are always new challenges and problems to be solved!
What has been your proudest moment at LGC?
My proudest moment was making a key breakthrough with a method that had been challenging for a long time.
What do you think about the future of science?
Science is ever-evolving and with innovative new techniques constantly being discovered and developed, the future looks incredibly bright for all branches of science.
It is important to engage and nurture young minds because they are the future of science.
What does science mean to you today?
In my career, science means safety above all else. Everything we do ensures patient safety is the sole and primary focus. However, in general, science is fun, creative, explorative and rewarding.