According to the Global Gender gap report 2015, Bangladesh ranks 64th out of 145 countries with a score of 0.704 (0.00 = inequality, 1.00=Equality)* . This is the statistics which say lot about the gender situation of a country like Bangladesh. But a girl of this country still can contribute if they get proper opportunities and support. Let it be in the field of science and technology or any other sectors. Though this county has very few female scientists, some of them are doing really a brilliant job in the field of science and technology.
Ayesha Arefin Tumpa (Bengali: আয়েশা আরেফিন টুম্পা), is the name of such Bangladeshi girl who proved this again with her invention, artificial human lungs. She has invented this using Nano-technology as a part of combined team. According to her, she is grateful to the researchers of different countries particularly Momo Vuyisich of Montenegro working in Los Alamos of United States of America.
An American researcher, Chris Detter of Alamos National Laboratory, had discovered promising geneticist Tumpa in one of his trip to Bangladesh for research related work in 2011. She got the opportunity of studying in Los Alamos National Laboratory for higher studies and research with the exclusive collaboration by Detter and his colleague, Lance Green. She had been doing her PHD in University of New Mexico on nano-science. At the same time, she had been continuing her research in Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Tumpa began her career in the bio-security section at Los Alamos National laboratory. Then, a renowned Indian researcher and toxicologist, Rashi Iyer had appointed Tumpa in the lab for optogenix related research work. This is noteworthy that optogenix is the study of manipulating genetics and engineering proteins to control neuron activity in living tissue for prosthetic limb and artificial tissue development.
As we know, Nanoparticles is used in different products starting from sunscreens to solar panels, are proliferating so quickly that safety testing for potential health hazards can hardly keep-up. Tumpa and other member of Iyer’s team are developing methods to improve testing of toxins and diseases and support bioethics, including replacing prevalent animal-testing methods with trials in artificial organs.
The team is creating an artificial human lung to reveal the cellular mechanisms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,the third most common cause of death in America and support development of therapeutics. Arefin also researches neurological diseases and strokes.
In the same time, Tumpa engaged in doing research on various neurological diseases and blood-dripping in brain. In her education life in Bangladesh, She had attended in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), where she received her undergraduate degree in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Anyone can judge her more by one of her saying, as it says, “My goal is not just to do cool things; my goal is to do something helpful for other people”
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