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Profile – Masha Burelo, University of Aberdeen

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Masha Burelo

Name:

Masha Burelo

Job title:

PhD Student

Place of work / study:

University of Aberdeen

Area of Research:

Electrophysiology and behavioural evaluation in preclinical models of Alzheimer’s disease.

How is your work funded?

I am partially sponsored by the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) for the PhD.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m a natural dreamer from Mexico. I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in 2011 but never practiced. I worked for the pharmaceutical industry as a translator for many years and later I decided to go back to school. I hold a Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences degree and a Master of Business Administration as well.

I developed a particular love for cannabinoids through my dog. My dog had epilepsy due to a brain tumour and part of his therapy included CBD. Then, life took me for many years to California and met the most amazing people while working at cannabis farms. I worked at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Mexico studying synthetic cannabinoids in the Neurochemistry department and now I am doing a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Aberdeen.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I’m the only Buddhist who fears butterflies.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I’ve been able to experience how it feels to be close to someone with dementia, many of my relatives including my father and grandfather had Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, I want to be able to provide knowledge that guides us to find the way to prevent or treat dementia.

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

Do not forget there is life outside the lab, speak up for yourself and honour your emotions and say what is wrong.

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

I’m reading Genuine Happiness by Alan Wallace & the Dalai Lama. I would recommend it if you were into Meditation or Buddhism.

Can we find you on Twitter & Instagram?

I’m on Instagram – Mashafunk

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