Profile – Jessica Jiang, University College London

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Jessica Jiang


Jessica Jiang

Job title:

PhD Student

Place of work / study:

UCL Institute of Neurology

Area of Research:

I focus predominantly on dynamic auditory perception in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. I also have other interests that revolve around sleep and bilingualism too!

How is your work funded?

I’m supported by a Frontotemporal Dementia Research Studentship in Memory of David Blechner (funded through The National Brain Appeal).

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m a Third-Culture-Kid (TCK), in that I’ve grown up in China, but my family’s nationality is Danish. Therefore, growing up as a foreign national in China, my schooling was actually in international/American schools (hence I actually have an American accent!). I then had a proper American adventure as I went to get my undergraduate degree there, before coming back to Europe and choosing to do my MSc and now PhD here in the UK!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

Typically I use being a TCK as my fun fact so… maybe something about how I’m permanently cold?

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

When I was living in the States, I read a report about Alzheimer’s disease being the 8th leading cause of death in the US but that there was no active treatment on it. I was also surprised because compared to the other illnesses listed in this report, I found that I knew significantly less about Alzheimer’s disease compared to the others. Therefore, I started reading up a bit more about it, which is when it became increasingly clear that the disease was unbelievably complex and if I was to understand it more, I needed to learn the field and that is when I decided to come to Queen Square, London, to get my MSc in Dementia Neuroscience.

What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?

I think especially in the midst of a PhD, it can be particularly stressful thinking about the day-to-day tasks and the experiments that you need to do etc. However, I remind myself that it is such an interesting and unique period of your life, so with that, take a step back and just enjoy the fact that you’re doing a PhD!

What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?

I’m afraid I’m not currently reading a book but one book that I’ve read recently (and perhaps late in talking about how great it is) is Pachinko! What a great book!

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