Vira Iefremova

Research fellow, Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology, University of Bonn School of Medicine and University Hospital Bonn

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Remember you're capable of achieving anything.

What do you do?

I am a developmental neuroscientist who studies the human brain development with 3D stem cells models (aka minibrains).

Why did you choose this field?

Once I got serious about becoming a scientist (previous options include a wide range of occupations from a layer to a journalist), I never gave a second thought what exactly I would like to study. The answer was crystal clear to me - I want to become a neuroscientist. To this day, the human brain is the most exciting and complicated thing in a known Universe to me.

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

My everyday work is about growing "minibrains" from human blood or skin cells.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love what I'm doing - the complexity of the human brain will never stop to excite me, and I love to challenge some stereotypes our society still has about the role of women in STEM.

Best advice for next generation?

Always believe in yourself, stay curious, remember you're capable of achieving anything, and never let anyone make you think you are not good enough to reach your goals!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings - and especially women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”

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