Early-career researchers: A collection of interviews: a collection of interviews

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Early-career researchers

A collection of interviews

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In a series of interviews with early-career researchers, we explore how they became interested in science, what they are working on at present, and what they hope to achieve in the future.

 

  1. Zoë Hilbert is a PhD student at MIT, where she studies neuronal gene expression in roundworms.

  2. On reading that the 21st century would be known as the century of biology, mechanical engineering graduate Lining (Arnold) Ju decided to pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering. He is currently a postdoc at the Heart Research Institute and a lecturer at the University of Sydney in Australia, where he studies how platelets sense mechanical forces and how problems in this process can lead to various blood diseases.

  3. Zach Cofran's career as a paleoanthropologist has taken him from the United States to Kazakhstan and South Africa, where he was part of the team that discovered the new hominin species, Homo naledi. He has just started a new job as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Vassar College, New York.

  4. Ramanath Hegde is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Protein Biochemistry in Naples, Italy, where he investigates ways of preventing cells from destroying mutant proteins.

  5. Alicia Rosello grew up in Brussels and is now studying a PhD at University College London funded by Public Health England researching antibiotic resistance in care homes for the elderly. She has also worked on studying Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  6. Daniel Abankwa is approaching the end of a five-year Academy of Finland Research Fellowship at the Turku Centre for Biotechnology in Finland. His group investigates how mutations to a protein called Ras can lead to cancer, and use this knowledge to develop drugs.

  7. Antonia Marín-Burgin is a Group Leader at the IBioBA-CONICET-MPSP Institute in Buenos Aires. Her research focuses on understanding how the neurons in the hippocampus – an area of the brain associated with navigation and memory formation – interact to form microcircuits.

  8. Yong Woo is a research scientist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) currently researching how the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana acclimatises to heat.

  9. Tarjani Agrawal is currently completing her PhD in neurogenetics at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, India (NCBS). After her PhD, she would like to move abroad and continue working in research as a postdoctoral fellow.

  10. Brian Bradshaw studies regeneration in marine animals called cnidarians at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway). Thanks to his parents and older brother, he developed a love of nature and the outdoors at a young age, which steered...

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