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Victor Ekuta

Name:

Victor Ekuta

Job title:

MIT linQ Catalyst Fellow/ MD Candidate

Place of work / study:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Research:

Alzheimer’s Disease biomarkers

How is your work funded?

My work was previously funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Tell us a little about yourself:

Victor an MIT linQ Catalyst Fellow, MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs Instructor, M.D. Candidate, and member of Black in Neuro. He has conducted several innovative neuroscience research projects and led multiple outreach programs and neuroscience courses for underrepresented students. In the future, he plans to specialize in academic neurology as a physician-scientist-advocate,  mploying novel approaches to treat human brain disease, combat health disparities and boost diversity in STEM

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

To blow off steam, I love to dance: Hip hop, popping, and shuffling, in particular.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I find dementia fascinating because it uniquely affects the core of what makes a person who they are. In addition, dementia has a disproportionate impact on African American and other populations. As a result, the field of dementia is one where even small discoveries can have a profound impact.

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

Keep going.

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

Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. I try to cultivate at least one academic hobby that’s not related to my field of study — right now that happens to be evolutionary anthropology. 10/10 would recommend!

Can we find you on Twitter & Instagram?

Follow @victorekuta on Instagram

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