Raysa Khan Tareque is a Bangladeshi scientist who is developing next-gen DNA technology. As a Bangladeshi lady and a scientist, she has become a role model for the female populace to think for even a second to pursue their dreams in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
She has started to accomplish this aim by creating BDZ type compounds, which are used by chemists as a system for joining chemical groups to make new compounds.
Raysa spent almost 90 days at Astra Zeneca Tocris labs dealing with the development of a BDZ-based probe, a reagent utilized in chemical analysis.
She said “I acquired a top to bottom understanding into the commercial and business parts of medicinal chemistry during my industrial placement. It has been a steep learning curve, however I have completely enjoyed the entire experience.”
She currently resides in the United Kingdom, professionally working as a synthetic chemist for Evonetix, a Cambridge-based synthetic biology company focused on developing DNA synthesis technology.
During a casual interview, she talked about her experience about working in STEM.
Young Raysa moved to Sweden with her family and completed her studies there only. She also told how chemistry evoked her curiosity in her high-school days and also about her wonderful chemistry teacher Dr. Tammara Elmfors, who inspired her to pursue higher level education on the subject.
She graduated as the top student in her batch, procuring a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Nottingham Trent College in 2014.
In 2018, she finished her Ph.D. in Medical Chemistry from The College of Sussex.
Raysa’s husband Nazmus Sakib Tareque, Country Manager UK, Equality Check, shared, “Years ago, we went to visit a six-years-old cousin of ours in Bangladesh, whose mother told him that there’s a scientist amongst the two of us.”
He thought it was Nazmus instead of Raysa. Later on, Nazmus cleared his misunderstanding, and he could not believe completely that a woman could also be a scientist.
Raysa also added that it is difficult for people to believe that a woman can be a scientist as this profession has always been misunderstood as a man’s job. She said, “Even in the UK, fewer women are in the upper spectrums of STEM.”
Concluding the interview, Raysa Khan Tareque said, “I am a Bangladeshi woman who likes making cooking videos, and at the same time, I also have a career as a scientist,” commenting that young Bangladeshi girls ought to see their success and strive for it themselves.
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