Dr Djaltou Aboubaker Osman’s bio
Dr Osman was born in Djibouti (East Africa) where she did all her schooling until her Baccalaureate. At the time, there was no university in her country so she pursued her higher education in France. She returned to her country with a Masters in Research in Basic and Applied Microbiology. After holding various positions, she was hired at the Center for Studies and Research of Djibouti (CERD). A year later she began her studies to gain her doctoral thesis. She specialized in the study of the pathogens of tuberculosis. She is currently working as a researcher. She was also called to give courses in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of Djibouti. Dr Osman supervised students from the University of Djibouti for their internship and co-supervised a medical thesis.
Why did you get into STEM?
My entry into STEM started with the choice of the Sciences Division in high school. Curious by nature, I used to read science magazines. The research work in this area has always attracted me. During my university studies, I worked to integrate the scientific community and to contribute my knowledge.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Thanks to my doctoral thesis and my national and international colleagues, we managed to bring answers to some questions concerning tuberculosis. These include unresolved questions about this particular agent called Mycobacterium canettii. The work is still going on.
On the other hand, I got involved in a networking of women scientists in Djibouti through a young association. Our association aims to create more vocations among young Djiboutian girls. I am also looking at further developing my continent, and that is how I applied for the Next Einstein Forum (NEF). I am the NEF Ambassador Djibouti for the 2017-2019 period.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
The scientific community remains very masculine and this is true for Djibouti. The most important challenge is to build a career to match its ambitions.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
I will tell them to pursue their dreams, their ambitions, to believe in them and not to give up in the face of difficulties and adversity. I will also advise them to form a professional network to help each other.