Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8th, is International Women’s Day. We celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and advocate for increased gender equality worldwide. Hear from two women at Atlas Antibodies about their careers and advice that they would give other women and girls interested in working in life sciences!

Every year on March 8th, we observe International Women’s day to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and advocate for increased gender equality worldwide.

In the professional fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics a gender gap continues to persist meaning that globally women account for less than 30% of researchers; moreover, male researchers often reach more senior roles or are paid more.

In Sweden we can see that significant progress has made in addressing this inequity– for example at Atlas Antibodies we have more women than men in leadership roles – however, it’s important to continue to celebrate the advances that have been made and to advocate for a fairer society.

Hear from two women at Atlas Antibodies about their careers and advice that they would give other women and girls interested in working in life sciences!

Rebecka Hedberg, Laboratory Technician

Photo: Rebecka Hedberg

Could you start by telling me about your role?

I am a master’s thesis student in the protein validation group. I started my master thesis at Atlas Antibodies this January, and I will be here until the summer. I am working with IHC to test if our antibodies can be used for other species. I’m enjoying working here so far, people are very friendly so I’m enjoying the working climate.

Tell me a bit about your background. How did you get into this kind of role?

I moved to Stockholm last summer and I got a job at the Quality Control (QC) group at Atlas Antibodies. I worked with the QC group for two months during the summer before applying for a master’s program here. I was also covering in the lab in the fall when people were ill, so I’ve got to know lots of different people and groups in the company in a short time.

I think research is a cool area to work and I think it will always be relevant and important and a career in research can take you many places. Here I am working with antibodies but maybe in the future, I will work with something completely different.

Have you experienced any gender-based barriers or biases in your career?

I haven’t experienced this personally, but I know it can be an issue. However, I do think about if starting a family one day could have a negative impact on my career. Hopefully, we are moving in the right direction.

What advice would you give to people interested in a career in research or life sciences?

If you’re interested, I say go for it. There are many options and directions you can go in. It’s very cool to be involved in new research. The COVID19 pandemic has shown that we are really needed, so your work will always be important. 

Hanna Bergman, Laboratory Engineer 

Photo: Hanna Bergman

Could you start by telling me about your role?

I’ve been with Atlas Antibodies for two years now. I work as a lab engineer with the Quality Control (QC) group. In QC we analyze production has given to validate the antibodies to make sure they meet our specifications.

Tell me a bit about your background. How did you get into this kind of role?

My education is as a biomedical analyst. Previously I worked at Karolinska university hospital in a hematopathology lab, and I’ve also worked with veterinarian histopathology. There I worked with IHC manually which helped me understand the process from the ground up.

Have you experienced any gender-based barriers or biases in your career?

Thankfully, I haven’t experienced this personally. I think Sweden is one of the best countries for women to work in life sciences. I think at this company we are also very good in that we have a good reflection of women in leadership.

What advice would you give to people interested in a career in research/life sciences?

It’s important to trust yourself, and if you find something you like you should work hard at it. I also hope that women support other women to succeed in life science. If we teach girls this is possible I think we can see positive change.

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