Originally from Iran, Gita studied Chemical Engineering before migrating with her young family to the United Kingdom in 1995.
Her strong desire to develop her career in chemistry was challenged when delays in her permanent residency meant she could not work or study for almost ten years.
Due to this significant gap Gita had to explore a new career in finance. She worked her way from a part-time role to senior management – but couldn’t ignore her lifelong dream of completing a PhD.
It was when her son reached secondary school that Gita took the leap and enrolled at Liverpool University to complete her PhD in Chemistry. During this time she drew on her resourceful and resilient nature – not only had it been over a decade since her undergraduate but she was now a mother and studying in a different field and language.
But Gita thrived in the academic environment; she quickly advanced and by the end of her PhD was published in prestigious publication, Nature, and held various teaching roles across the University.
It wasn’t until the age of 44 that Gita discovered her love of teaching, getting immense joy from seeing her students become passionate about Chemistry and Science.
But behind the scenes Gita struggled to find her voice in a male dominated department – with less than 10% of the department female. It was through her supportive network of female colleagues that she was encouraged to put herself forward for promotions and progressed to Senior Lecturer.
Gita was intrigued by the gender gap and discovered it was largely due to the low number of applications from women, rather than the lack of opportunities. She is now a strong advocate for women in sciences and strives to create a supportive environment so they can thrive.
Despite many adversities, Gita’s strength and determination show it’s never to late to pursue your goals. She offers a unique perspective as someone who has transitioned countries, cultures, language, careers and family.
Gita is a role model amongst her peers and a trailblazer for building equity in science. She is a trained mentor who focuses on building confidence in others.