Hi! I’m Margot, and I am a high schooler living in the Boston area with a passion for neuroscience.
It all started when I was born. I am an identical twin. My twin and I started out truly epitomizing what an identical twin was like: we had our own language, looked liked clones, and held hands wherever we walked. As we got older, however, our personalities began to change. I always loved science and writing while my twin could be found paintbrush in hand. Soon after, we began looking differently. Now, we look so different people believe we are siblings. This made me wonder: how is that my twin and I have the same genes but have vastly different personalities? Neuroscience was my answer and it sparked my curiosity. To this day, I continue to be fascinated by personality and emotions.
I spent the summer of 2017 delving into the wonders of behavioral neuroscience and learned about how our behavior is shaped by our brain in a 3-week long course. During that course, it was the first time I saw a human brain and wore a real lab coat. I felt like a real scientist. I remember the first brain I saw, it was discolored with poignant black spots, signaling the patient suffered from cancer. I looked at the next brain on the shelf, it also had dark black marks. I was the Harvey Cushing Center Brain Tumor Registry, a collection of brains with tumors. I examined each of the brains, locating the tumor, and asking myself about the symptoms associated with the particular tumor. It was fascinating.
I could not wait to explore the brain even further and immediately created an independent study focusing on neuroscience. This has given me the tools to create a blog that you are reading now, The Neuro Bureau! The content ranges from reviewing books and articles, breaking news, and podcasts. Through this, I have been able to connect with a larger scientific community that shares a similar interest to my own.
Then, the summer of 2019, I was fortunate enough to work in a real neuroscience lab at McClean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. I interned at the Translational Neuroscience Laboratory, which focuses on the pathology of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I worked alongside professional scientists, pipetted test tubes, plugged in data, attended weekly neuroscience lectures, forged friendships with fellow interns, and asked lots of questions. It was a truly enlightening experience to witness how science research is conducted. I also really enjoyed being immersed in an environment with people as curious about the brain as me. We spoke about studies we read and podcasts we listened to throughout the summer.
Neuroscience is a burgeoning field, with so much potential. With the development of new tools coupled with an increased public interest, the world finally has the means to delve into the brain’s mysteries. I feel so fortunate to be studying neuroscience at this time in history, a time where so much knowledge is waiting to be discovered.
The reason I loved working on this blog, The Neuro Bureau, so much is because it combined both of passions: science and reporting. In these blog posts, I got to write about any topic that piqued my curiosity whether it be music, sleep, or even how space travel impacts the brain. I loved sifting through complex scientific studies and trying to compress them into concise, understandable paragraphs for the general public.
I hope you enjoy this blog and learn about why you are who you are.
Before I conclude, however, I would like to point out that this blog is no longer active. I worked diligently on publishing content for three years (staring in 10th grade until 12th grade). Now, however, I am going to be a college student, where I plan to study both science and journalism. While this blog has been an amazing outlet for me, I now seek new ways to push myself in new ways in college. I will, of course, continue to follow my curiosity, learn about academic research, and write.
Thank you for reading.