Nikolay Kutuzov, PhD student 29. November 2017
Why did you become a scientist?
Because back when I was 12-13 years old I learned how to make simple fireworks at home, and, of course, I was constantly bringing them to school, which greatly entertained my classmates and scared my teachers. After a year I realised that in order to make something more advanced (and more scary…) some professional education was required. That is basically how I got into the University. Since then my fireworks hasn’t improved, but, fortunately, I found my way to science.
Can you tell us about your career path to date?
I obtained my Specialist degree (something like a Bachelor’s + Master’s thesis, but I am still not completely sure) from the biological faculty of the Moscow State University. All of my projects somehow related to in vitro biological imaging using various microscopic and spectroscopic tools. Then I found out about an exciting opportunity to study brains of a living animal right under the microscope, which sounded completely unrealistic to me at first. But the challenge was accepted. I applied immediately, got accepted, and — not without surprises and headaches kindly supported by the Russian Visa Center — moved to Denmark and started my PhD.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am finishing up my manuscript about the microscopic features of the blood-to-brain transport and trying to figure out what actually makes the blood-brain barrier such an effective barrier.
What are your research plans for the next five years?
After I defended my PhD, I will try to find myself a postdoc position most probably in biophysics, maybe with a slight shift into the computational biology.
What do you do when you are not working?
I dance. One hot summer evening I participated in a free dancing class and, to my surprise, got caught into it. After trying to get ANY sense of rhythm into my body for more than three or four months, I started enjoying it too much to give it up. Since then I mostly tried different kinds of swing dances (just watch any movie about America in 1920-1930th, you will see it there) including Lindy hop, Boogie-Woogie, Blues, Shag and a little bit of others. If you haven’t tried any of these energetic and funny dances, go ahead and try! You will be surprised how many science geeks (mostly technical fields, like physics, mathematics and software developers) you will meet there.
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