I am a trillion microbes in a man suit!
Completed degree at University of Toronto
H. BSc in Neuroscience
University of Toronto
Favourite thing to do in science: Learning about the wonders of our brain
About Me: I'm a scientist that studies the brain, how the microbes in our gut communicate with it! I am fueled by coffee, science fiction movies and books!
Hi! My name is Simon and I’m a Canadian living in Cork! One of my housemates is a cat, who enjoys sitting on my computer while I work. I love reading, writing, coding and watching movies. I love brewing and drinking coffee, taking pictures of animals outdoors and talking to people about science!
My Work: I'm a scientist interested in understanding how the brain works, and what goes wrong in different diseases. I want to know the role that microbes in our guts play in our brain health.
Believe it or not – but your body is home to trillions of tiny microbes, too small to see with the naked eye! These microbes – bacteria, fungi, and viruses have evolved to live with humans, and a lot of them are located in your gut. Did you know that a lot of these microbes help you with digestion, immunity and can contribute to brain health?
I am interested in using bioinformatics to study how the microbes in our guts communicate with our brain and what it means for our health!
My Typical Day: I start the day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee! Then I turn on my computer to catch up on the latest science news and give my computer instructions to complete! If it's successful, I get a glimpse into the brain or the gut microbes!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious Passionate Funny
Who is your favourite singer or band?
The Mountain Goats
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Ziplining in Costa Rica
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, once for reading too far ahead
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Talked to kids and the public about my work!
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
I was inspired by the lack of interventions for mental health; I wanted to chage this
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
I would be a barista or coffee farmer
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. More wishes. 2. To know what to wish for. 3. To make others happy
Tell us a joke.
I once entered ten of my best puns into a contest, hoping to make the judges laugh. Unfortunately no pun in ten did.
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