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Joanna Martin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiff University

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I find it very inspiring to talk to and work with top scientists who are world experts on a particular subject - science is a huge team effort.

What do you do?

I work with large genetic datasets from clinical and general populations to better understand genetic risk factors for ADHD and other childhood mental health problems.

Why did you choose this field?

When I studied Psychology as an undergraduate, I became very interested in child brain development, and especially neurodevelopmental and other mental health difficulties. It is clear that many childhood problems continue on into adulthood and so I believe that learning more about childhood mental health problems has huge potential to help improve diagnosis, intervention, and treatment options.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Doing research that pushes at the boundaries of what we know and uncovering new information, going beyond anything that you can learn from a book or online.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I have always loved learning and there is just so much left for us to learn. I also find it very inspiring to talk to and work with top scientists who are world experts on a particular subject - science is a huge team effort.

Best advice for next generation?

Although science is very hard work and can be frustrating, surrounding yourself with amazing colleagues and working together in a supportive environment makes it not only possible but also fun and rewarding.

Inspo quote / fun fact

“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” Mae Jemison