Shameelah Patel

Shameelah Patel

Where did you grow up and what’s your background?
I grew up in Botswana, and am of Indian background.

What is your program of study?
Neuroscience and Human Biology

What is your main research project?
We are investigating how memory changes over time, and how the statistics of the environment influences the formation of memory. We are using an object-location behavioural set up to investigate the differences in object preference between groups of mice, and then analyzing proteins in various brain regions.

Why science? If not science, then what?
My brain is constantly overflowing with questions. Science accepts all questions, even the most outrageous ones, and then allows us to test these ideas. Even then, nothing is certain and open to various angles of logical interpretation. It is this flexibility of thought that sweeps me away. If not science, a cake decorating empire, along the lines of cake boss- innovation in icing!

The best restaurant in Scarborough is...?
Nan Kabob.

Your favourite place in Toronto is…?

Your favourite place on the inter tubes?

Best song of all time?
Hakuna Matata.