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TLP #16 : Campaigning to change the culture - Ashani Weeraratna

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Episode notes

This week, we talk with Ashani Weeraratna about her inspiring path from apartheid South Africa to director, professor and activist.

  • Ashi cites good advice that she remembers “ read voraciously … and be engaged with the literature”
  • She insists that mentoring is all about the trainees and hearing their individual needs
  • Ashi believes that diversity of thought needs diversity of population and stresses the importance of welcoming different groups into the lab
  • For her, representation matters and it is key to achieving full equity
  • She also comments on the importance of the microenvironment (for cancer cells and for researchers)
  • She shares her thoughts about juggling a life in two cities
  • And she encourages us to remember that “the most important trait is kindness”
  • And Ashi concludes by telling us to enjoy the journey

She mentioned these institutions, people and resources

To find out more about Ashi visit her websites or follow her on Twitter
on Twitter : @AshaniTW

“Is Cancer Inevitable?” by Ashi :

To find out more about Renaud :

To find out more about Jonathan :

To learn more about the soundtrack :
Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindler