I had my first degree in mechanical engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. I made this field switch as I am interested in neural engineering/computational neuroscience and machine learning. I got interested in these fields when I read about how these fields are revolutionizing healthcare delivery particularly defects pertaining to the brain. I got introduced to the world of computational neuroscience at the IBRO-Simons Computational Neuroscience Imbizo (isiCNI) summer school. I also attended the 1st Tunisian Neuroscience school in which I had my first encounter with zebrafish in the biotechnology lab of the University of Sfax. After finishing my masters, I worked as an additive manufacturing engineer in a startup, making prototype prostheses for rehabilitation purposes. While I am not doing science, I enjoy soccer, music, and hiking.
My interest in brain research has seen me attend quite some virtual schools and talks. I was fortunate to have listened to a talk by Prof Moritz Grosse-Wentrup in which I learnt about this position. I was very motivated to apply as it was quite exciting to have an opportunity to carry out research on zebrafish. I applied to this position as I found the ZENITH program the perfect interdisciplinary hub that brings young curious minds from various fields together to learn and achieve a common goal (understand the brain), as well as develop into fine researchers. I am really fascinated at exploiting the use of zebrafish as a realistic model for explaining the link between neuronal activities and cognitive state.