What is your research area?
Damage response and regeneration in central nervous system after injuries and diseases. When you cut your finger, the wound gets closed but leaves a mark behind. Your brain and spinal cord are no different. When there is an injury or damage, they also respond similarly. But the scar acts as a red light for regeneration. In very simple terms, my research is about understanding what turns on that red light and provide a green light to overcome the obstacle and get moving again.
How did you become interested in the topic?
Before coming to Sweden for my PhD, I worked on neurodegenerative mechanisms trying to understand what goes wrong in the brain in the course of Alzheimer’s disease. It was fascinating how answers led to more questions as we add more pieces to the puzzle. For my PhD, I flipped the coin and looked from the other side to explore how we can promote regeneration.
What do you prefer to do in your spare time?
I like to read short stories, opinion pieces, blogs and popular science articles about other science findings. Until recently, I was involved with our quarterly student magazine, Medicor, so I would spend weekends planning, editing, and putting the pieces of the magazine together. Now, I have more time to write myself. To offset all these stationary activities, I go for running and dance some Lindy hop as well.
What was the last book you read?
I read No time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin. The book is derived from Le Guin’s late trial in form, her blog entries, and it covers almost anything that crosses her mind. It is like being a guest in your favourite author’s head.
What are you going to blog about?
I want to talk about the struggles and opportunities for women in science and also channel the experience and advice from some of the bright and brilliant scientists. Perhaps, a little bit about science communication as a PhD candidate as well.
What are your expectations of blogging in the Curie?
I want to reach out to the community for insightful discussions and hopefully inspire others to take action.