EP 55: Dr. Bathabile Ramalapa- Senior Researcher
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My guest today is Dr. Bathabile Ramalapa from South Africa. In this episode, we learn that at a young age her interest in science came from the realization that scientists are the source of innovation and develop products that solve problems faced by people. This fueled her desire to pursue a field in STEM and  Bathabile takes us through her academic journey.  In doing so, we find out how she went on to pursue a dual PhD in chemical science and pharmaceutical sciences where she spent 2years in Belgium and France respectively to complete this program. We then discuss how she managed to do this dual program and the perks of traveling across Europe in the process! Currently, she is a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which focuses on the development of advanced drug delivery systems for drugs presenting low absorption, low bioavailability, toxicity and overall patient non-compliance specifically for diseases with a high burden in Africa. She tells us more about this research and its importance. Lastly, we discuss candidly why she's passionate about the representation of black women in STEM and loads more, tune in! 

@drbathabs on Twitter & Instagram, Bathabile Ramalapa on LinkedIn

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