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Veronique miron

Neuroscientist

 

And - Principal Investigator & Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

The most important quality in STEM is the drive to ask questions. Everything else can be learnt.

What do you do?

I'm a neuroscientist, leading a team of researchers aiming to find ways to promote regeneration in the central nervous system in disorders like multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. My job entails selecting research questions to investigate, obtaining the funding to do this, guiding my team to design and carry out experiments to answer these questions, and communicating these findings to the research community, general public, and patient groups.

Why did you choose this field?

"I always knew I wanted to pursue a career where I could help people have a better quality of life."

Although I originally considered medicine, when I was 15 years old, I saw an article that made me realize that scientific research was really exciting. The article was about a neuroscience study that showed how the brain can rewire itself to adapt to changes - this really amazed me. I had always thought of the brain as static, and this made me think 'if it can change, then can we get it to repair itself in disease?'.

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

"There weren't many young female professors and I didn't think I fit the profile."

Becoming a research professor and starting my own laboratory. It was something I hadn't even considered was possible for me until I was well into my training.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I'm paid to think, to create, and to pursue my own ideas, which is pretty cool! Discovering new things about the brain which could potentially improve lives in the long run, and seeing young scientists progress and improve their skills over time, is also really rewarding.

Best advice for the next generation

We need to make discoveries to move forward, and why shouldn't that come from you? "If you're curious, then you can be a scientist."

Fave book

I'm a huge fan of Rachel Ignotofsky's illustrated book 'Women in Science'. It highlights the contribution of 50 pioneers in STEM, from all backgrounds and cultures, which is really inspiring!