What were you doing before you joined the MRC-DTP?
I was finishing my Master’s degree in Computational Biophysics at University of Helsinki, Finland, while also completing two research internships – one in the lab of Dr Juha Huiskonen at Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE) and the other in the lab of Dr Ingo Greger, at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, UK.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Cambridge?
During my time at the MRC LMB, I got to experience the vibrant Cambridge academic community fostering innovative ideas, ceaseless brainstorming and the courage to push beyond the boundary of knowledge. It was effortless to get in touch with the world’s leading experts, all eager to discuss science. That is how I got to meet my PhD supervisor, Dr Julija Krupic, whose research in hippocampal spatial cognitive maps I found so exciting, I decided to pursue my PhD with her.
What do you enjoy most about your day-to-day work and the people you work with?
The venture into the complete unknown and the daily collaborative solving of puzzles and challenges this brings.
What do you most value about your MRC-DTP Studentship?
The opportunities it offers for my personal academic growth, as well as to add my own small piece to the enormous and enigmatic puzzle that is the human brain.
What do you plan to do after your graduate?
I intend to continue in the pursuit of knowledge about intelligence (biological and artificial). However, whether that will be in academia or in industry, remains to be seen.