Portraits of CRC women: Pravina Muthan, assistant engineer


To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, CRC presents each day of the week a portrait of a CRC woman scientist.

Pravina Muthan, 26, is an assistant engineer in the Renal Physiology and Tubulopathies team, where she carries out various experiments in collaboration with the researchers.

  • How would you describe your job?

My job consists of carrying out experiments requested by researchers, and communicating the results to them. My team works on normal and pathological kidney physiology.

  • Why biology research?

I’ve always been attracted to laboratory work. And since I’ve been doing it, I’ve realized that it also allows me to discover and learn new things all the time.

  • A woman scientist who has inspired you?

A technician I worked with in my previous job, in a preclinical research company. She took part in the development of this company, being one of the first recruits in 1999. She was then able to progress within the company, while maintaining the bench work she wanted to do. She’s an excellent trainer who has no problem learning from others.

  • Is there anything you’d like to say as a woman in science?

I don’t experience any particular difficulties in the team I’m in. But I am aware that nothing can be taken for granted. Having a family that gives me space and support allows me to focus on my work when I’m in the lab. Likewise, being part of a team that is understanding about personal problems and commitments helps me to be in better conditions at work.

  • A message for Women in Science Day?

Evolve out of passion rather than ambition.