Since 1975, Lena Ruiz Azuara has been a pioneer in the development and study of inorganic chemistry at UNAM’s Faculty of Chemistry. Despite facing challenges as a female scientist, she has been dedicated to her work and has trained and inspired numerous young people in her journey.
One of the challenges that Ruiz Azuara faced was the lack of credibility of men in the field when it came to sharing experiences with doctors. This made it difficult for her to develop important projects in universities. Throughout her career, she faced other types of challenges, such as being denied a scholarship to pursue a postgraduate degree because she was married.
Despite these inconveniences, Ruiz Azuara is confident that her less aggressive drug project will culminate in something positive that will benefit Mexican society. She is committed to making drugs that reach the Mexican people and has faced discrimination and lack of experience throughout her career.
Ruiz Azuara highlighted the enthusiasm of all faculty students and collaborators who have participated in the development of her project. She mentioned women who have played an exceptional role in different areas of science and emphasized 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.
This year marks 25 years since Ruiz Azuara began organizing conferences on Science beyond the classroom, which broadcast topics related to chemical and biological bases online for those interested in discussing science. The conference aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and promote innovation within Mexico’s scientific community.
Overall, Lena Ruiz Azuara’s journey as a female scientist has been marked by determination, resilience, and a commitment to making a positive impact on Mexican society through science.