Postdoctoral research fellow, Research Foundation Flanders / UNSW
There are many ways in which one can do science, and there is not one that is the best. Remember that.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I study the brain of people with and without autism.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I was browsing through tv channels when I was 14 and all of a sudden I landed on a documentary on the human brain. I knew right away: this is it!
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I feel much better in Australia than in Belgium. It took me however 5 years to gain the courage to move. Finally I did it, and it was less scary than I thought it would be. There's always a way to create the environment for yourself you most thrive in.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I am fascinated by theories on the human brain. I am consumed by them, spending most of my time thinking about them. That interdisciplinarity with philosophy is possible really makes me tick.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Don't let yourself be discouraged by what others say you are worth. If you believe in something, go for it. There are many ways in which one can do science, and there is not one that is the best. Remember that.
INSPO / FUN FACT
Be the change you want to see in this world.