by Mechas Zambrano
Today we can easily bring to mind the names of many women scientists who serve as inspiration and role models. But this was not always the case. Even in the mid-20th century, women in science were few and far between, especially in developing nations. Angela Restrepo stands out as a pioneer in the field of medical mycology in Colombia. A touching editorial of her scientific career and contributions recently published in mBio is a testimony to her legacy to the scientific community worldwide.
"Doctora Angela" (as she was endearingly known by all who interacted with her) had a prolific career centered on mycoses and more specifically on the study of the fungal pathogen Paracoccidioides that causes a disease endemic to Central and South America. In addition to her scientific contributions, she will be remembered for her tireless promotion of science and her passion for teaching and mentoring students. It is in fact this lasting legacy that is inspirational and will ensure her memory is kept alive for many years to come. And, ultimately, by cherishing her memory we also keep her with us, for, as is commonly said, you live only as long as you are remembered.
Mechas (María Mercedes) Zambrano is a microbiologist and the Scientific Director of Corpogen Institute in Bogotá, Colombia.