Name: Parivash Nouri
Supervised by Prof. Nilima Prakash (Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt) and Prof. Reza Ahmadian (University of Düsseldorf) in the field of neuropsychiatric diseases and regenerative therapy.
Your way: What and where did you study?
In 2007, I started my bachelor's study in Biochemistry at Azad university in Iran. Immediately afterwards, I continued with my master at the same university and the same field.
Your motivation: Why do you want to do a doctorate?
Doing a PhD is neither an easy nor a moneymaking job! Therefore, you need to have a good motivation to do it. For me, doing a research which might lead to improve the life quality of thousands of people, is very precious. Moreover, I get excited whenever I learn something new about the different mechanisms in the brain. Therefore, doing a PhD satisfies my curiosity.
Your position: How did you find your PhD position? (According to which criteria? Where?)
Immediately after my master, I spent one and a half year working in nutrition department in Nestle Company in Iran. During the job, I found myself very interested in research. Leaving my comfort zone, I decided to take a very big step and continue with my studies in Germany. Since I was interested in understanding the sense behind protein-protein interaction I started my PhD at the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf in 2017. During my PhD, I had a project dealing with neurons and nervous system. Studying more and more on this outstanding issue helped me to find my true interests in neurobiology, particularly understanding the mechanisms underlying neurological disorders. Therefore, I started to look for a position in which I can pursue my interest, while it could be a work to help people. At the end, I was lucky enough to be accepted as a PhD student in Prof. Prakash group.
Your highlight: What do you like most about your work?
I like the novelty and the complexity of my research. Looking at the neurons and thinking about how complicated their communication is, is very fascinating for me. The subject which I am working on is still at the beginning and there is long way ahead. Therefore, there is a lot more waiting to be discovered and explored.
Your tip: What do you recommend to other prospective students?
It is always good to have the opportunities around, but it does not matter whether you studied in a small university or the best university in the world, if you want, you can make the opportunities for yourself. And, if you do not like the field you are working on, be brave and keep searching, you will finally hit the nail on the head.
Your future: Where do you see yourself after your doctorate?
Making a detailed vision and day dreaming of what I want has always helped me to achieve my goals in my life. As I started to get interested in neuropsychiatric diseases and regenerative therapy, I started to imagine myself running a clinic for regenerative therapy. I might not achieve that goal, soon after my PhD, but I will step forward in this direction.