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Silje Reme

1) Where are you from?

Norway

 

2) Where did you do your training (PhD, MD, etc.)?

I did both my clinical psychology degree as well as my PhD at the University of Bergen, on the south-western coast of Norway.

 

3) What do you study?

I study the psychology of chronic pain, mostly related to work disability. I’m particularly interested in identifying and understanding the wide range of disability risk factors so that better interventions can be developed to prevent work disability.

 

4) What are you hobbies outside of science?

I used to be a classical pianist, and my New Year’s resolutions every year involve playing more piano…but I still do it once in a while – it truly is an amazing recreational activity.

 

5) What are some of the differences between your country and the United States?

Well…besides major differences in our social welfare system and political government, a difference that I’ve really come to appreciate is that American people in general are more open than Norwegians. Here, total strangers ask me how it’s going, people at my local coffee shop remembers my name, and it’s not unusual to start a conversation with random strangers in e.g. an elevator or a bus stop – I like that!

 

6) What is something interesting about you (married, have children, Olympic Athlete, etc.)

I grew up on a farm in a small city in southern Norway where I learned to drive the tractor and take care of our cows from I was around 10 years old. When I finally retire from academia, I plan to get a few cows and return to my farm again.

Feyza Engin

1) Where are you from?
Istanbul, Turkey

2) Where did you do your training (PhD, MD, etc.)?
I got my PhD from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

3) What do you study?
My research interest primarily focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of diseases. Currently, I am investigating the role of endoplasmic reticulum stress and unfolded protein response in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes.

4) What are you hobbies outside of science?
I like dancing and singing. I was in a Folk dance group before moving to Boston, and currently I am trying to get back to it..Watching movies, traveling and photography are also among my favorite things to do.

5) What are some of the differences between your country and the United States?
Food is certainly different. We have more vacation time back in Turkey:). Most of the time driving rules are considered as optional in Istanbul..Finally, geographically Turkey is located on 2 different continents…

6) What is something interesting about you (married, have children, Olympic Athlete, etc.)
Nothing is that interesting about me, but I will share some silly things about me with you… For example, I have the tendency of googling everything (have even a nick name for it!)..If I am traveling in the States, I make sure I visit the local Apple store ;) I am a big fan of soccer especially of my team from Istanbul (Galatasaray).. I love going to the games and look forward to seeing the next World Cup! Love fashion (I know as a scientist that sounds weird, but oh well!), shopping and cosmetics….and finally I always show up to any meetings and appointments at least 10-20 mins early (which is so not a typical Turkish feature..).