Counting the days till I get to share my nerdy world with some eager students!
Name of MRC-funded unit/centre/institute
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
King's College London, Shiraz University, National Organization for the Development of Exceptional Talents
PhD, MSc, BSc
Career Development Fellow, Research Assistant, Laboratory tutor, mentor
Favourite thing to do in my job: Setting up new experiments, troubleshooting
I am a geneticist with a strong passion for investigating neurodegenerative diseases
It’s always easier to call me “Soudi” and pronounced: /su:di:/ ! I am originally from Iran however I have been living in the UK for over 9 years now. Currently, I live with my best friend who is also a scientist & we usually are busy making fun of each other. I can never say if I have a favorite food because I just love food! I am social coordinator of the MRC LMB so I am in charge of lots of fun stuff along with doing my science.
Apart from work, I love nature hence try to capture the moments using my not-so-up-to-date phone camera!
Post-doc tackling Neurodegenerative diseases using a tiny nematode..wanna know more?
Well, I don’t know much about the title, but it mainly involves me doing my independent project (neurodegenerative diseases) as well as helping/guiding PhD students in the lab. This allows me to do some teachings which I have a great passione for.
But in more detail, I look for physiological and biochemical symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases in C. elegans and try to understand a protective pathway to at least slow down the process. Then we can apply this knowledge to higher organisms and eventually take these to drug development and curing/prevention.
My Typical Day
A typical week day, starts with me going to work as early as possible so that I can enjoy that before 9am silence and peace in the building!
Then, hours pass by in a flash as I hop from one task to other. Usually involves running some DNA or protein gels and analysing some data. I much rather trouble-shooting and finding different solutions when we reach a dead-end. These are the real moments of science when you have to sit down, think and figure what might have gone wrong! Coffee breaks are a must, too!
Finally in the evening I go to the gym to unwind but hey I am no gym-pro! I do it rather chilled. And then the best part of the day starts: COOKING! I love cooking and I always try to make spontaneous things. Considering that I am always following recipes and steps in the lab, therefore I do not like to follow a cooking-recipe.
What I'd do with the prize money
I'd love to prepare some interactive props for teaching young students.
Considering that we have wonderful support from our instrument services and a fancy 3D printer, I would design and prepare worm-related gadgets using the facility for STEM learning.
What I’m doing for the MRC Festival:
I will be trying to extend the knowledge of students/science-enthisiastic people of my own particular field. I am a C. elegans scientist. This nematode has been helping us kickstart several mammalian studies in case of diseases and also unraveling pathways. I will be aiming to show how an invertebrate organism can provide us with invaluable information.
Also! worms are fun! They are nothing close to earth-wroms! You don’t believe it? Ask me about them then! 🙂
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I started STEM activities.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was too naughty and talkative....
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
burger & Fries
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be super pretty!-Be a PI & Lecturer in no time!-Have a house with my own architectural design
Tell us a joke.
Why did the scientist take out his doorbell? He wanted to win the no-bell prize.