Ana Alvarez Piedehierro

I'm a postdoc at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, studying how tiny particles in the atmosphere help in the making of ice clouds. I recently changed countries and research topic; I'm a big fan of pushing myself out of the comfort zone, it's where the magic happens!

Science outreach for kids is my passion, their reactions and answers to the unknown are priceless! During the long Finnish nights I dream about turning science outreach into the core of my career.

I currently collaborate with The Science Basement as a builder in the TBS LEGO lab, but I'm sure more things will come."

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Vesa Vahermaa, The Treasurer

Vesa is currently finishing his Master's degree in Neuroscience and Neurotechnology from Aalto University, with a focus on using machine learning methods to decode the mysteries of the brain.

In his free time, he volunteers at various organizations and listens to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks in various languages. He's also a bit of a gadget enthusiast, always carrying around half a dozen rechargeable devices including a smart ring.

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Mihkel Veske

Mihkel is a PhD student in University of Helsinki specializing in computational materials science. He holds MSc in experimental physics from University of Tartu. Over the years he has participated in many crazy projects: built robots, developed artificial muscles, developed software for Estonian first satellite etc. Next to having great time with science, he once-a-while finds him from convincing also other people that physics is fun.

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Alok Jaiswal

I'm currently a PhD student at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki. I try to understand the characteristics of cancer at molecular level, with the aim to develop better strategies for its drug treatment. I take a data-analysis and systems biology approach towards the problem. More description of my work here 

I'm also interested in science writing and journalism. I mainly contribute to articles in the TSB digest and Humans in Science. 

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Amina Djurabekova

Hi. I’m a curious physics bachelor student, who tries to soak in as much knowledge as it is possible through studies, internet and communication with people. My main interest lies in getting to research the mechanisms of one of the most complicated, yet most essential materials known to men - biomolecules. They make you and me up, and yet we still have ways to go before we get a full picture of how we function.

At TSB, I hope to broaden my own and assist in broadening the horizons of knowledge of curious-minded people like myself.

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Barun Pradhan

As a PhD student in Genome-Scale Biology Research Program, University of Helsinki, my research is focused on understanding the genome, a.k.a the blueprint of life, and how it changes in cancer.

I am interested in listening to stories of fellow science enthusiasts; having open discussions on recent scientific advances and communicating them to a broader audience.

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Dimitrios Tsallos

Since school, I was fascinated by applications of science in everyday life. Now, I am trying to make this happen as part of my PhD in Personalised Medicine; supporting the development of new ideas in drug discovery.

In parallel, I am involved in organising the TEDxHelsinkiUniversity and I am also a member of team iCombine at Helsinki Challenge 2017. My hope is to figure out ways to make scientists get out of their labs and offices to interact with people who benefit from their work but they never thought about it. 

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Harshit Agrawal

I am working in the Brain & Mind lab and pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Aalto University, Finland. My interests include neuroscience and machine learning.

For me, Science is a medium to understand myself and the world around me. It fascinates me how natural processes can be formulated into mathematical equations. Through TSB I am trying to share my enthusiasm with other science lovers.

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Katja Viivi

I’m about to start my Masters in Neuroscience at the University of Helsinki, so needless to say I find the brain pretty cool. I’m particularly interested in how the bacteria in our gut communicate with the brain (the gut-brain axis), as well as what happens in the brain when we sleep, and the neuroscience behind creativity, emotions, and mental health. Sustainability is another topic close to my heart and I’ll talk about the zero waste movement and circular economy day and night if I get the chance.

I enjoy all forms of science communication and outreach - I want to share my passion for science with people in as many ways as possible!

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Petra Tauscher

I am a PhD student studying Developmental Biology at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki. I am fascinated by the fact that animals develop from single cells to complex multicellular organisms, with their limbs in the right place and the head where it belongs! 

I think it is one of my duties as a scientist to be able to communicate science; and TSB is the right platform for it. I hope that I can contribute in getting more people interested in Science! 

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Stephany Mazon

Hola! I’m a PhD student looking at tiny particles in the air that affect both air quality and the climate. Climate and environmental science communication should be accessible to everyone if we really want to codesign solutions for the challenges we are facing! I love expressing science through story-telling and performance!

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Susanne Hultsch

I'm a PhD student as well and currently exploring molecular mechanism of tamoxifen-resistance in breast cancer. Tamoxifen is a commonly used drug to treat hormone-sensitive breast cancers and unfortunately resistance to this drug occurs frequently.

Personally, I like the idea of using art to raise people’s curiosity about science and improve communication between scientists and the people outside of the science bubble.

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Yongmei Gong

My post-doc research gives me the opportunity to visit cool and rare places in the Arctic islands and to use computer models to study the dynamics of the glaciers, ice sheets and ice caps. To discover the secrets of the cryosphere is my passion. I am always fascinated by the beauty of the nature. At TSB I am trying to link sciences with arts. Through this approach I am hoping to make scientific outcome more approachable by the general public.

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Ekaterina Baibuz, The Vice-Chair

I am working towards my PhD in Physics at the Helsinki Institute of Physics, University of Helsinki. I study physics of materials with computer simulations. Most of the time I spend at my laptop writing code, analysing my simulations, researching about materials. And of course, surfing social media, which I believe could include more scientific content. In my free time, I am exploring the ways of science communication and interaction through social media. Follow my PhD journey on  Instagram and  Twitter

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