‘Needless to say that the most favourite thing about my job is the opportunity to work with brilliant scientists within the group. This opportunity doesn’t come often, and I am fortunate enough to be a part of a scientific programme that is going to revolutionize how gene therapy works in epilepsy.’
Name and Role with FutureNeuro:
Kelvin Lau E How, Final Year PhD Student
Where are you from?
How long have you been with FutureNeuro and how did you get here?
Since October 2017. I believed FutureNeuro programme was advertised back in UCD (where I studied my masters), and my ex-supervisor informed me about this opportunity. And the rest, is history…
Why did you follow this career path?
The love for science is everything. It’s cliché but it is what it is.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I am working on my thesis, and some of the remaining experiments to finish up my work.
What is the most interesting thing your job involves?
The excitement of learning new things every day, new technique, and working alongside with the most interesting people I know in the lab every single day!
What are the best and worst things about your job?
This job unwound a plethora of knowledge about epilepsy for me in general. I thought I knew enough about epilepsy before, and ever since taking up this job I realised I knew so little about it. The worst things about this job? Easy, the stress. It’s inevitable in a PhD programme, but I have learnt to deal with it, in a healthy way of course.
What have been your greatest work achievements to date?
Discovering a novel potential role of a ‘protein’ in the pathogenesis of epilepsy. Trade secret, can’t reveal just yet.
What are your favourite things about working with FutureNeuro?
Needless to say that the most favourite thing about my job is the opportunity to work with brilliant scientists within the group. This opportunity doesn’t come often, and I am fortunate enough to be a part of a scientific programme that is going to revolutionize how gene therapy works in epilepsy. Even though my project is not part of that work package, still, I am thrilled to have the chance working with clinical samples and discovering ways to have greater depth of understanding for epilepsy as a neurological disease.