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Haafizah Hoosen-Charles

Haafizah Hoosen-Charles

"Anyone, anywhere, can enjoy science, so keep nurturing your curious mind." Haafizah Hoosen-Charles.

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Hi, I’m Haafizah!

Here are a few fun facts about me and also a link to my video about why I’m passionate about inspiring and empowering people just like you to explore opportunities in STEM…

My career specialism:

Microbiology, Infectious Disease & Diagnostics.

My current role:

Health and Wellness/ Health Tech Consultant.

When not STEM-ing you can find me…

Spending time with my friends and family, at the gym or learning more about different cultures.

3 fun facts about me: 

  1. I love watching pimple popping videos.
  2. I was the first in my family to go to university.
  3. I once caught fire at a hotel buffet!

My career path:

Once I finished my A-levels at Ballakermeen High School, I went on to study Biomedical Sciences in De Montfort University. I loved the course so much because it allowed me to explore many different specialist areas while also taking a year out to work in a hospital on placement.

Eventually, by my final year, much to my surprise I realised that out of all the areas I studied I really loved Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

My placement year (where I worked at Nobles Hospital), showed me the impact that understanding how microorganisms / infectious diseases ‘worked’ could have on real people.

After graduating, I therefore went back to university for post-graduate study and research.

This was the perfect choice for me as it allowed me to follow my passions and learn more and more about infectious diseases and how to create tests to diagnose them.

I was able to teach on university courses, travel to showcase my research, speak at conferences, develop new tests, create educational resources and I even got to live in Spain for a little while training!

Upon my return to the Island I worked for various different agencies including government and tech companies.

A few years after being back I then decided to open my own company called Lyph Lab. This enabled me to bring all my loves and interests into one space.

Throughout my journey, it became clear to me that one of the things I truly loved about science was its ability to help make people’s lives better – this is what I wanted to do.

Starting Lyph Lab meant I could bring what I loved about science into the Health & Wellness field. We could use science, research and testing to help people feel their best.

I learnt about Love Tech in 2019, and the opportunity to be mentor came about. Immediately I knew it was something I wanted to do and I’ve met some amazing & inspiring people doing it.

I’m so glad that throughout my journey, my family, friends and teachers have always supported my passions.

I was encouraged to be curious, work hard and pursue avenues I never thought someone like me could pursue.

If you find yourself interested in STEM, find someone you can talk to about it – and Love Tech is a great start!

Haafizah is specialist microbiologist, experienced in molecular techniques and global health. Her work within microbiology and global health has been showcased worldwide through various conferences and publications. She is also an advocate for women’s rights, equality and inclusion within society. Haafizah is an Ask for Evidence Ambassador with Sense about Science, a member of the UNA IOM Outreach Committee and a science blogger with her content relating to science in the media, research, women in STEM, graduate life and conference advice/guidance.

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Social media: Instagram: @thatsaplan