Hi there! My name is Chiara and I am in the second year of a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh. I graduated from an MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience here in Edinburgh in 2015 and I loved Scotland so much that I was happy to be given the chance to stay longer and undertake a PhD.
In my PhD, I investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms of injury repair and early tissue reactions to brain injury. I use in vivo imaging and a combinaton of genetic and pharmacological tools for that purpose for that purpose. I am also in the process of establishing some assays to assess functional brain repair. Having a background of molecular medicine, this project is an ideal fit for me, linking basic research to potential therapeutic use in the (far) future 🙂
Outside of the lab, I enjoy traveling and exploring remote places (preferably with my camera), scientific writing and science communication, reading old books (new novels can’t really compare with the classics in my opinion), browsing charity and second-hand bookshops and watching netflix. I’m trying to take up the gym again, as the University gym seems fairly cheap and I need to get some exercise in my routine again.
In this blog, I aim at sharing my postgraduate experience at the University of Edinburgh- both inside and outside the lab – with you.