In the final year of her biomedical engineering PhD, Sumeyra Emre is a dedicated researcher, growing mother, wife and partner, proud Muslim woman, and aspiring role model.| Medium Read
IMAGE: With the lab time at the Center for Materials Characterization all to herself, Sumeyra uses an electron microscope to view the nanoparticles she makes as a member of Chemical Engineering Professor Nicholas Kotov’s research group. Her research focuses on creating inorganic nanoparticles that act as conduits for gene therapy and drug delivery, which are two of the largest research areas in the cancer treatment field.
Much like elsewhere in the world, women are underrepresented in STEM fields in Turkey, and so Sumeyra hopes to return to Turkey as a professor and role model for other Muslim women interested in pursuing a research career.
IMAGE: Sumeyra rushes from one lab to another, trying to finish her day’s work before getting three-and-a-half year old Talha from the North Campus Children’s Center, a daycare that many staff and faculty at the university use. A grant from the University of Michigan helps with care costs. But the family must pay fees when they are late picking him up, and both Sumeyra and Ahmet, her husband, feel guilt when their son is among the last children there.