MSc Student, Neurosciences, University of Barcelona

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You will always find something which fits your curiosities and interests.

Raquel Sellés

What do you do?

I am doing my master's thesis in a computational neurosciences lab. We use computational tools in order to simulate neural networks and better understand how wiring affects brain function.

Why did you choose this field?

I wasn't sure about what I wanted to study, but I knew it would be related to sciences. I ended up choosing Biomedical Sciences as my BSc because I found the human body fascinating. Then I decided to start an MSc in Neurosciences because of the brain's complexity. I thought it was a very interesting and challenging topic!

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

I didn't learn how to code in my BSc nor my MSc. However, I wanted to join a research group where having programming skills is basic. In the beginning, I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it since I didn't have a computational background. However, I ended up learning coding little by little and I have almost finished my thesis. I am glad I tried something out of my comfort zone, I have learned a lot.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love studying and working in STEM because of its potential outcomes and positive effects on society. It is a challenging pathway that pushes both students and researchers to their intellectual and creative limits, leading to rewarding outcomes. Every question becomes a challenge to solve, which makes your day to day pretty interesting.

Best advice for next generation?

The good thing about science is that you will always find something which fits your curiosities and interests. There are thousands of questions that remain to be answered! Follow your instincts, your passions, and don't be afraid to take risks.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"We scientists have a way of dealing with such problems. We ignore them, temporarily." - Richard Feynman Time in the book Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior -
I found this quote so inspiring. I have learned that science makes us more patient. We have to accept that sometimes we won't be able to answer a question immediately, so we have to keep working and leave it aside but having it in mind. It is something temporary, you will eventually go back to the question, but this time with a way to solve it.

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