• Question: What is the greatest part of your job? What made you decide to go forwards into that specific field and not anything else?

    Asked by duke499had on 30 Apr 2024. This question was also asked by laceys.
    • Photo: Emma Weir

      Emma Weir answered on 30 Apr 2024:

      In my job I get to spend a lot of time in the lab doing experiments which is my favourite part. I particularly like cell culture which is when we grow cells including brain cells and mini brain models. It’s so cool to see a cell go from being a stem cell to a neuron that can fire real signals.

      I knew I liked neuroscience and cell biology, and those are the things that led me to my current project, and made me want to study a PhD in the field 😊

    • Photo: Zoe Vance

      Zoe Vance answered on 30 Apr 2024:

      I think the best part of my job is getting to find out new things every day – you might never make a massive groundbreaking discovery but you are adding to our knowledge of the world most days and I just think that’s so cool. I think I ended up in this field because I always liked biology the best of all the sciences (though physics did nearly get me when I was picking my degree). It just feels so much more chaotic than the others – there are very few concrete laws in biology because living things can be so difficult to predict and need to be quite flexible just by the nature of living and surviving in a changing environment. I ended up in evolution specifically for a similar reason, the weird adaptations some organisms have to their environment and trying to trace back how and why they happened was always really interesting to me.