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Amaya Sanz Rodriguez

Job title/role in FutureNeuro

Laboratory Manager

Tell us a little about your background and what led you to a career in science and research?

Ever since I recall I have been a very curious person. My passion for science started at an early age, when I asked my parents for a microscope so I could look at everything from a closer perspective. My education was also completely focused on science, starting with my Degree in Chemistry, then I completed my Masters in Biochemistry, and after that it came as natural to continue until I obtained my PhD in Neuroscience. At this point in my life I moved to Ireland and started working in RCSI as a Research Assistant. I gradually became more involved in the organisation of the laboratory and more recently I transitioned to the position of Laboratory Manager of FutureNeuro.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I don’t think there is such a thing as a typical day if you work in science, each day has its own new challenges. My typical day involves a lot of troubleshooting and priority handling.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

The constant need to re-evaluate my priority list. There are always so many things to do, and everything is a priority on its own merits, so it is crucial to determine where I need to focus next.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

All the amazing people that have taught me all the things I know now about working in a lab.

Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to pursue your career?

There are several people that had a strong influcence. A Chemistry teacher from my last year of high school, a biochemistry teacher from my undergraduate degree, a PostDoc from the lab where I did my PhD...

What would you tell someone who is thinking about pursuing a career in STEM?

It is a very demanding field but it you learn how to keep a healthy balance, the rewards are endless.

What impact do you hope your role in FutureNeuro will have over the next five years?

I hope I will help all the researchers involved in FutureNeuro to achieve their goals.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

In spite of being Spanish, I was born in Colombia, where I lived for two years and I also lived in Tunisia for three years when I was a kid.

What do you do in your spare time?

My two small children don’t leave a lot of spare time but if I had it, I would retake my passion for photography and travel.

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