Meet Edna Patricia Matta-Camacho.

Director General, Fundación STEM sin Fronteras

Assessment Officer for Prescription Drugs, Health Canada

Ottawa, ON

 


 

What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?

To be able to contribute with my knowledge to the health of people and society development


How did you come to be in this position?

My passion and motivation for scientific research stem from my deeply rooted belief that science is a motor for societal innovation based on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. I am passionate about empowering and supporting youth's education, which motivated me to create the STEM sin Fronteras (STEM without Borders) Foundation. This Colombo-Canadian project strives to improve access to quality education and equity in the rural areas of Colombia & Latin America: stemsinfronteras.com.


I am a chemist/structural biologist with experience in academia, private, and public sectors. I obtained my Ph.D. in Canada studying the structure of ubiquitin-related proteins, and our discoveries constituted a significant advance to the understanding of the life cycle of proteins. Currently, I am an Assessment Officer at the Therapeutic Products Directorate in Health Canada. I am actively involved in Health Canada's Sex and Gender Action Plan that integrates sex and gender considerations into Health Canada's research, policies, regulations, and services. Additionally, I am a member of the Health Products and Food Branch Science Network steering committee, a community that promotes scientific excellence, advises on horizontal science issues, and facilitates science-policy integration.


What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?

We are walking through a changing world in STEM research towards better conditions for women, so don't be afraid to try new things, reach out to others and follow your passion. Believe in yourself, and when you succeed help the ones coming behind.

 

Contact Edna via email: epmattac@gmail.com

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Check out the Fundación STEM sin Fronteras website


Learn more about Edna's career journey:

Your academia experience is an asset in industry!

Growing as an Energetic Girl

Becoming Better Mentors to Eliminate the Gender Gap in STEM

Only 6% Of US Scientists Are Latinas – But These Inspiring Colombian Girls Could Change That

My Immigrant & International Women in Science Story by Tweets!