Featured Day in the Life of: Hajer, graduate student using brain imaging technology to understand neurodevelopmental disorders

Hi everyone, I’m Hajer Nakua, a second-year graduate student at the University of Toronto, Canada. My work uses brain imaging technology (such as MRI) to understand the relationship between behavioural constructs and brain circuits in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Almost all my work is conducted on very powerful computers or computing systems!  As with any grad student, my day to […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Vanessa, a PhD student researching Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC

I study the role of metabotropic glutamate receptors in neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. My lab employs a new cutting edge tool that allows for specific spatiotemporal control of these receptors using light. With this technology, we can ask new questions about how glutamate and the receptors activated by this neurotransmitter modulate different areas of the brain, and […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Daniella, Conservation biologist PhD student researching black-cockatoos.

Hi, I’m Daniella. I’m a conservation biologist and all-round nature fanatic, currently doing a PhD on endangered black-cockatoos in south-eastern Australia. My project is in the field of bioacoustics, which is just a fancy term for the study of animal sounds.  I research the vocal behaviour of black-cockatoos, and from this am developing new ways to monitor populations with sound […]

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The slump.

When I first started my PhD two years ago, I heard whispers about a so called “PhD slump”. About how in the middle of the PhD journey people want to scream, and cry, and give it all up. I thought it was a myth, something that happens to a few people, something that would never happen to me because I […]

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