Meet Giulia Cisbani.

Post Doctorate Fellow, University of Toronto

Toronto, ON

What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?

After a bachelor and master’s degree in industrial biotechnology at the University of Milan (Italy), I pursued my academic career with a PhD in neuroscience at Université Laval in Quebec city (Canada). When I first approach the field of neuroscience, I was extremely fascinated by the complexity of the brain and by mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and strategies that could protect it during pathology.

How did you come to be in this position?

I have been in research for over ten years now. I was very lucky to be surrounded by other passionate scientists in the field that encouraged me and made me a brain enthusiast! And after so many years, I am still extremely fascinated by how research keeps moving forward and how much we yet do not know about the brain! Research allowed me to develop many other skills, from mentorship to project management, and made me more resilient. Indeed, research is a constant challenge but it can also give great satisfaction!

What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?

I would say to believe in themselves, and find a good mentor. It is also important to keep the objectives realistic and don't be afraid to explore new venues to reach them.

Learn more about Giulia:

At the end of 2018 I co-founded the Toronto Chapter of the Immigrant and International Women in Science Network (IWS). This is a a fantastic group of women with different backgrounds creating a collaborative environment to support each other. IWS helped me to create a network and meet new people in the city as well as across Canada. IWS was also an essential resource during pandemic isolation.

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