Evi Christofidou (UK)

Post-doctoral research associate at Queen Mary London University

ISH Communications Committee and E-Bulletin Team Member

What is your role at your work?

I am part of the Epigenomic/Functional Genomics in Cardiometabolic and Ageing related diseases group.

How did you get interested in your career path?

My interest in hypertension and cardiovascular disease research started when I was a Master’s student under the supervision of Prof. Maciej Tomaszewski. Maciej’s motivation and knowledge inspired me to delve into hypertension research. As a result, I ended up undertaking a PhD and following a career in research.

What are you most proud of in your career or otherwise?

I am proud of myself for never giving up, no matter how tough the journey becomes. Experience and wisdom are gained throughout time and the process.

What important career challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?

Learning to overcome toxicity and negativity. Research can be demanding and disappointing sometimes and maintaining motivation is key.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to strongly believe in me and my skills, network more and explore opportunities outside my comfort zone. Because you grow and learn when you take on opportunities.

Have you had any significant career mentors? If yes, please provide further details.

I have been lucky enough to meet inspiring and helpful mentors from the beginning of this journey that have supported my personal and professional growth, offered insights on career development, and decision-making.

How can we support the next generation of women scientists?

  • Experienced women scientists can mentor and guide young women, providing valuable insights and career advice.
  • Institutions can create inclusive and supportive environments for women scientists.