Time to meet singer and dancer Muhammed (Mo) Rassul (He/him)! Mo is a research technician at University of Birmingham Neuroscience and Ophthalmology in the United Kingdom!
What kind of scientist are you?
I am a Research Technician, working on making myelination within the brain. I do a lot of biological research as a neuroscience researcher, but as an interdisciplinary researcher I also work within a biochemistry lab looking at DNA modification and with computer science looking a tracking algorithms.
I am a more- than- casual science communicator, who does a lot of events showing off science, mainly physical sciences, in all of it’s glory.
What made you want to become a scientist?
I didn’t, at least not originally. I was really into art, and writing when I was younger, and I hated science with a passion. Then at one point when I was in high school I was looking for inspiration for something to draw, and I came across the brain. Wanting my art to have many layers I did a bit of research to look at what I can find out about the brain, and I fell in love with it. After that I became more and more consumed with how interesting the brain was, and that is what led me into the sciences. Following that I took courses in science and then did my degree in neuroscience.
“Wanting my art to have many layers I did a bit of research to look at what I can find out about the brain, and I fell in love with it.”Muhammed Rassul
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I am a singing, dancing, bouncy scientist, who loves EVERYTHING. And that doesn’t look like it is changing any time soon. I really love the brain #ZombieScientist, and love integrating it into life.
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I am an avid collector of Christmas Suits, and light up stuff. If you come to my house make sure you bring shades.
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
The culture, it seems science is well posed for short term progress, but is not well posed for supporting individuals in it. Hence the pronounced incidences of imposter syndrome, and depression in academics.
“[…] she showed me through her enthusiasm for what she does and the excitement she shows even to this day when doing her work, that science should always be fun.”Muhammed Rassul
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
I have a number of people which have inspired me on my journey over time. Unfortunately there is no one person who is my main inspiration. Currently it is Professor May-Britt Moser, as she showed me through her enthusiasm for what she does and the excitement she shows even to this day when doing her work, that science should always be fun. This combined with the time I spent interacting with Sarah Stone inspired me to actively look at science communicating and sharing the joy with the world.
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I have learned how to make a really amazing vegan ketogenic brownie for people in my office. I look forward to unveiling it to them tomorrow.