Hassan Syed

Hassan Syed

Where did you grow up and what’s your background?
I grew up in Richmond Hill for the majority of my life. My parents moved to Canada from India about 22 years ago.

What is your program of study?
I'm currently doing a double major in Human Biology and Neuroscience and I'm loving it!

What is your main research project?
We're doing a project on memory reorganization and memory transformation. We use object-place tests to discover the roles that different areas of the brain like the hippocampus and neocortex play in memory formation and recall. By observing animal behaviour and the activity of regions of the brain after allowing varying time delays for learning to occur, we discover more about how the nature of memories changes over time and which brain areas are activated at these various stages.

Why science? If not science, then what?
Ever since I was a kid I loved trying to understand how things worked. It started with me dissecting things around my house like our old karaoke system or our broken computer. Once I started learning more science in school, I found that life is the most interesting machine out there! It's so much more complex than any electrical circuit, and I just kept wanting to learn more. If not science, I would probably try entrepreneurship and start a business in a field I am passionate about. There's something about seeing a vision and bringing it to life that is just super awesome, and I'm happy that I can apply that within science!

The best restaurant in Scarborough is...?
Call me boring, but I have barely been anywhere in Scarborough except well... UTSC. I went to the Boston Pizza near school once though and I absolutely love Boston Pizza so I'll go with that.

Your favourite place in Toronto is…?
Hoopdome. That many basketball courts under one roof is too good.

Your favourite place on the inter tubes?
YouTube for sure. There are so many people putting out such amazing content every day. I use it for everything from entertainment to learning new things.

Best song of all time?
Note to Self - J. Cole.