María José Martínez Bravo

women in science

Hello! I am María José Martínez Bravo. I was born in Seville, Spain, and I always saw myself participating in the process of helping sick people getting recovered or at least feeling much better, that’s why I studied Pharmacy in my hometown. I decided later to start my PhD at the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville in order to be in the front line of the latest scientific advances. After I got my certificate I wanted to experience what it is working in more international labs and that is why I decided to accept a two-years postdoc offer at the Karolinska Institute, where I had my first experience working in my second language. Extremely rich and open-minding experience where I learnt and enjoyed the fact of being surrounded by other cultures and awesome researchers and even better people. Nevertheless, I thought coming to London could be even more interesting both professionally and personally and I joined as Research associate at King’s College London, where I gave my first lecture to Dentistry students. That experience was very successful and I decided I wanted to propagate scientific knowledge to students avid of them. That’s why I accepted an UCL position as Teaching Fellow at the School of Pharmacy where everything started, but with different location, a bit more than 10 years ago. I will have the chance of transferring my passion about Science to students who remind me a lot the person I was. On top of that, I am Volunteer for the Native Scientist program to introduce Science to kids under the age of 12 in their own native language.