Meet the Scientist

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Lauriane Nallet Khosrofian

PhD candidate in Neuroscience (4th year)

What scientific field do you work in?



"...I almost lost hope until I was offered my current position"

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Could you briefly explain what your job involves?


I try to understand the role of a neurotransmitter: Dopamine; in fine motor rehabilitation after stroke.

The goal is to better understand how motor function works after a stroke and how to apply our knowledge to help the patient recover better and faster.

Do you have any secret talents?


I used to be an archer and I am a pretty good pistol shooter (at the fair, but still)

When did you decide you wanted to work as a scientist?


When I was a little girl (8 years old)

What's your favourite food?

Italian food (Pasta & Pizza!)

What educational pathway did you take to get to where you are now?


I was a very average student and I failed my first year of my Masters (in France you do 2 years of Masters before applying for a PhD). I decided to specialise in Neuroscience and changed Masters degree. I succeed this time! After my Master's degree, I looked for 1 year for a PhD while working at my mother’s shop. I almost lost hope, until I got offered my current position!

What was the best thing about your job?


Learning different skills and discussing science with others

"...fake it until you make it"

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What was the worst thing about your job?

The experiments… mine involves very repetitive animal training for hours and 7/7… very demotivating

If you could take one thing with you to an island, what would it be and why?


A book on how to survive on an island and how to escape (build a raft), for obvious reasons.

" the patient recover better and faster"

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Have you taken part in any research?


I took part in different research in a different internship I had done: Cancer, Epilepsy and now strokes! I really loved each one of them, all science is exciting!

If you could be anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would you be?

Emma Watson because she is a role model for every girl and woman.

Do you have any advice for young people who are interested in your career path?

Be tenacious and if needed: fake it until you make it​​

Anything else you'd like to add?


I love projects like this one that allows an interaction between science and the rest of the world!

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