This issue we took the time to chat to Dr Elke Sokoya, who earlier this year took on the role of Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Medicine Science.
As an academic in our Department of Human Physiology, Elke’s research has focussed on understanding the mechanisms associated with endothelial dysfunction in the brain, aimed towards developing therapeutic strategies to improve cerebrovascular health.
Here Elke tells us about her love of medical research, what she would be doing if she wasn’t in her current field, and gives us an insight into yH2AX…
What do you like most about working in the School of Medicine?
I love the fact that the School of Medicine is in FMC, because it reminds me every day of the importance of medical research.
What do you like most about the Bachelor of Medical Science in particular?
Seeing students reach their full potential and graduate to bigger and better things.
If you weren’t working in your current field, what would you be doing?
Working in paediatrics.
What’s something you’ve heard or seen recently that made you go ‘wow’ (feel free to include a pic or link if applicable)
Seeing the γH2AX foci in our cells with the confocal microscope:
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I play the piano in my spare time.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Morning cup of coffee.
Favourite movie of all time?
That’s tough – recent movie … Big Hero 6.
What’s an item on your bucket list?
Learn to play the cello.