Dr Oz Ismail
Place of work / study:
Oregon Health and Science University
Area of Research:
Glymphatics in Alzheimer’s Disease
How is your research funded:
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a final year PhD student, science communicator and self-proclaimed nerd. In my research, I try to understand how the brain cleans itself. Outside of the lab, I regularly perform at various science events, festivals, schools and museums and also run a science comedy podcast called “Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet?”. I am also a co-founder of the Minorities in STEM network and I have a keen interest in increasing BAME and LGBTQ+ visibility and representation in science.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am sometimes also a stand-up comedian. You can find me regularly sharing my unique perspective of being a gay, Asian, neuroscientist, at nerdy comedy nights around London, usually talking about colouring in brains, how to keep the lab rodent free, or complaining about my Tinder matches!
Why did you choose to work in dementia:
I gained an interest in neuroscience at uni, and after I graduated, worked in whole body imaging which I took a real liking to. When the opportunity to do imaging on the brain as a research technician arose at UCL, I jumped at the chance at combining my sciencey interests, and there began my fascination and interest in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I then chose to turn this role into a PhD as I was keen to become more specialised in this specific field.