The journey of Lena Ruiz Azuara, an accomplished scientist in the field of inorganic chemistry at UNAM’s Faculty of Chemistry, has not been without its challenges. As a female scientist, she has faced discrimination and lack of credibility from her male counterparts. Despite these obstacles, Ruiz Azuara has remained dedicated to her work and has inspired countless young people to pursue careers in science.
In an interview with The Conference, Ruiz Azuara spoke about the challenges she faced as a woman in the medical field. She explained that when she began to share her experiences and ideas with doctors, there was a great lack of credibility on their part towards her work. This made it difficult for her to develop important projects in universities and face other types of challenges such as being denied a scholarship to pursue a postgraduate degree because she was married.
Despite these inconveniences, Ruiz Azuara highlighted the enthusiasm of all the faculty students and collaborators who have participated in the development of her less aggressive drug project. She is confident that her project will culminate in something positive that will benefit Mexican society and that she is committed to making drugs that reach the Mexican people.
Ruiz Azuara has been a pioneer since 1975 in the development and study of inorganic chemistry at UNAM’s Faculty of Chemistry. Throughout her career, she has trained and inspired numerous young people in her journey. She mentioned women who have played an exceptional role in different areas of science and highlighted the capabilities of women in scientific fields. Ruiz Azuara said that women have a unique brain structure that enables them to do many things at the same time and optimize both ideas and activities.
Regarding recognition for her work, Ruiz Azuara emphasized that it was a pleasant surprise when she received distinction for her expertise. She also announced the beginning of Science beyond the classroom conferences this year which will cover topics related to chemical and biological bases broadcast online for those interested