Meet the Scientist

Lauriane Nallet Khosrofian

PhD candidate in Neuroscience (4th year)

What scientific field do you work in?

 

Neuroscience

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

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"

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.

"...help the patient recover better and faster"

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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