Name: Rosamund Fay Langston
Degrees: Bsc (hons) Neuroscience
Graduate School: University of Edinburgh
Undergraduate School: University of Edinburgh
Current Position: Working toward PhD in memory consolidation within the Division of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh.
I grew up in the south west of England. It's a haven for horse enthusiasts and when I was young I was an avid rider. I worked at a large racing stable and competed as a jockey for a number of years. I was always of a high achiever and decided early on in high school that I wanted to study to be a veterinary surgeon. I went on to study biology, chemistry, physics and English at A level and attained high grades but was not offered a place at Vet school.

Having been particularly interested in Biology during school, I decided to apply to Edinburgh University for a Bsc in Biological sciences. Even at this stage I still harboured thoughts of becoming a vet. I loved living in Edinburgh though, and settled into my coursework.

The course structure at Edinburgh started with general biology and then narrowed to areas of study that most interested me. I found myself drifting towards the biomedical sciences and eventually decided that I wanted to specialise in neuroscience as an honours course. The neuroscience path was very popular and competitive, but I worked hard and was lucky enough to secure a place.

The honours year was tough but really interesting. I had a great year which flew by. Before I knew it, I had to make a decision about my career. I still had no idea what I wanted to do but I was offered a job within the Neuroscience Department at Edinburgh as a research assistant. This post was a great opportunity and it eventually lead to my PhD in behavioural neuroscience.

I am thoroughly enjoying my academic career. It has been less than six months since my PhD started and I have already been published in the journal Nature! I feel very fortunate to be working with an excellent supervisor here in Edinburgh and I think I have found my niche.

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