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Emma Robinson: I'm Inspired by Any Female Scientists
Date: 2021-10-13
Source: WLA
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Q & A with WLA

Q: What is your early inspiration of doing science?
A: My grandfather was a radio engineer and was passionate about science.

Q: Do you have any scientific hero(es)? If so, how did he/she inspire you? 
A: I’m inspired by any female scientists, especially those with children, who have succeeded in academia. I’m also inspired by those who pioneer development of open science-tools and education such as Prof Konrad Kording who organizes barrier and cost free computational neuroscience and machine learning training schemes - under the umbrella organization https://neuromatch.io/.

Q: What is your greatest achievement so far?
A: My research software MSM allows for scientists to compare imaging data collected from different brains. More specifically it allows detailed comparison of the brain’s surface which is responsible for most high-order cognition. This software is openly released to the community as part of the Oxford FSL software https://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl/fslwiki/MSM and was of fundamental importance to a Nature paper which presented a greatly-improved new map of brain organization (Glasser et al Nature 2016)

Q: What is your research goal?
A: To radically improve the accuracy with which complex neurological and psychiatric disorders may be diagnosed and treated through improving the precision of neuroimaging biomarkers. This will be achieved through better modelling of how brain organization varies between individuals.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Constantly learning.