Favourite thing to do in my job: Analyse the data and see how well it fits with my current thoery
I am mostly interested in how the brain stores memories
I am trying to study how the activity of the brain during sleep helps store memories from recent events.
I am looking at the electrical activity of the brain and how different areas interact.
My Typical Day
I start the day conducting experiments and usually end it with analysing the collected data.
Usually I start my day running experiments, which means recording the brain activity of animals doing different things. Then I usually try to zoom out and look at the big picture, analysing and examining the data I managed to collect. At that stage I try to look for what the data actually tells me, looking for any patterns or differences that stand out from the data.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would try to compile a booklet with scientists explaining their research to general audience.
I would like to compile a book with scientists from different fields, each writing an article about what their researching, how they go about doing that and what is the current state of knowledge in their respective research area.
The idea behind it to summarise in short what is the key facts or current knowledge in various areas, to introduce the current research and to explain how science is actually done.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
The idea of discovering new things and understanding how things work
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yeah, skipped school a couple of times in favour of the cinema
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
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If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Have the ability to travel the world, make an important discovery, have a real impact on the world
Tell us a joke.
Why is six afraid of seven? – because seven ate nine.