📺 RECORDING | Our First Ask Me Anything Session

Dr Marianna Kapsetaki, UCL Laidlaw Supervisor, medical doctor, neuroscientist, and classical pianist answered questions about her education, career and the challenges of being a leader in multiple fields at the same time.


How is the application of medicine different for those in the performing arts? Why do eating disorders disproportionately affect certain groups in our society? How can you be a leader in three different disciplines at the same time? These are only some of the questions we covered with Dr Marianna Kapsetaki, UCL Laidlaw Supervisor, medical doctor, neuroscientist, and classical pianist in our first-ever Ask Me Anything session. 

If you didn't have the time to tune in to the live session, you have a chance to listen to the recording and hear about how the world of music correlates with medicine and neuroscience!

Questions Asked

1. It seems like you have done and continue to do so many things with your life, how do you spend a usual day in your life? What is your daily routine?

2. Was there ever a moment when you felt insecure about something or felt like you couldn’t achieve something and how did you overcome that?

3. Being a leader in one field is challenging. Your biography shows that you are a leader in three distinct fields: the medical field, music, and neuroscience. Have you ever found being successful a challenge to deal with? How do you keep yourself down to earth?

4. Schools and FE colleges are reporting skyrocketing numbers of students who are self-harming while the number with eating disorders has plateaued. What do you attribute this to and what as a society can and should we be doing to reduce the numbers of both?

5. How do you keep a good work-life balance and, if you experience burnout, how do you combat that?

6. I'm going to exchange study neuroscience at UCL next year. May I know why would you go to UCL to do a post-doc related to neuroscience research?

7.  Could you talk more about your research about spatial memory in stroke patients and what prompted your interest within this specific area of neuroscience?

8. It's so great to see that your research projects combine with your interest. May I know how you made this work, how you got autonomy on the exact topics to work on? And would it sometimes be difficult to look for funding and collaborators if the topics turn out to be less usual?


Dr Marianna Kapsetaki

Dr Marianna Kapsetaki, UCL Laidlaw Supervisor, medical doctor, neuroscientist, classical pianist

Marianna is a medical doctor and a neuroscientist at UCL. She has studied performing arts medicine and conducted research on memory, stroke, and eating disorders. Following her Diploma in Piano Performance and Harmony (1st Hons), she obtained a Medical Degree (1st Hons), a MSc (Distinction) in Performing Arts Medicine from University College London, a PhD (no corrections) in Neuroscience from Imperial College London, and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at University College London. Recently, Marianna was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list for Science & Healthcare. She is also a well-accomplished classical pianist who has performed over 160 concerts to date.

You can find Marianna's full profile and achievements here: https://kapsetakitwins.wixsite.com/mysite

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