I’m Ayokunmi Ajetunmobi (AJ to my friends!) and I’m building a brain. As a life science PhD student in the Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP), I’m developing a technology that can model connections typically found within the brain, and probe specific questions about brain development. In building this neural interface I hope to recreate the events of early human brain development and provide a potential early diagnostic platform for personalised therapy of brain disorders.
My passion lies in collaborative innovation and interfacing modern technologies to transform education and healthcare. I also have diverse interests such as web development, journalism, digital video production, various forms of sporting activities and playing video games (whenever I have the time!).
What made you pick research as a career?
Without a doubt the quest to understand the myriad of marvels that encompass our world has always held a gripping attraction over my life. Growing up I was introduced to a vast collection of books that detailed the workings of many different and diverse mechanical and biological systems, but from a young age it was the nervous system that I found most captivating. I was intrigued by the wonders of perception, the delicacy of movement, the intricacy of language, and the refinement of thought, and how the seemingly immeasurable networks in our brains worked collectively to define the multiple facets of the human condition.
My academic experiences immersed me in a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable journey of discovery, allowing me to acquire a deep understanding for many aspects of neuronal development, activity and function. In particular, I gained an appreciation for the debilitating behavioural, social and cognitive impact of brain disorders on the human population. In recognising these problems I saw new opportunities, and in particular, an excitement for the potentials of advanced technologies, particularly nanotechnology, in diagnosing and treating neuro-developmental disorders. This excitement led me to bring together two diverse research groups to develop a research proposal for my PhD candidacy gratefully funded through Molecular Medicine Ireland.
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