17th April 2017 – Reeteka Sud, National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India

Reeteka SudMy academic training has been in the field of Neuroscience. I have been in love with the brain since I was 13 I think. Watching a NatGeo documentary about the brain one Sunday afternoon proved really rather significant. This was long before I had any views about career for myself, let alone knowing the possibility of career in Neuroscience. It’s true what they say — for this day and age — “I watch, therefore I am”. So, that’s who I am — a neuroscientist.

Several beautiful chance encounters since watching the NatGeo documentary, I found myself doing PhD, in Neuroscience! Here, I studied the changes happening in brain during chronic pain; how drugs influence these changes when they do, and don’t, relieve pain. When I was a graduate student, the human genome was first mapped. I started thinking about what genes can, and cannot, do. My postdoc work then naturally was about targeting how genetic elements (not always functional genes, but DNA sequences within genome) are involved — in increasing chances of a disease, and how that aspect can be used to develop better treatments.

Along the way, I added ‘science communication’ and ‘integrating research and education’, as two other things I really care about (and therefore will tweet about during my time with Biotweeps 🙂

January 19th 2015 – Richard Tomsett, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Richard TomsettI am a postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Neuroscience Group at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, which means I live on a sub-tropical island and work in a building that looks like a James Bond villain’s secret laboratory. My current research is about how brain cells (neurons) communicate with each other; specifically, how their electrical activity represents information about the environment. I work entirely on computer models of the brain, which we use to explore hypotheses about neuronal communication. I did my PhD in neuroscience at Newcastle University, where I focused on the physics of electrode recordings from brain tissue, and how these recordings relate to the neurons’ activity. Prior to that did a Master’s degree in AI at the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Computer Science at Durham University – I am admittedly a biologist wannabe rather than a biologist by training.

You can find out more about my research on my web-sites at www.autap.se and www.vertexsimulator.org, and follow me on Twitter @richardtomsett