Mo Rassul in a purple cosmic patterned suit. Photo provided by Mo Rassul
Mo Rassul in a purple cosmic patterned suit. Photo provided by Mo Rassul

I am Mo, and an exuberant neuroscientist; I started with humble beginnings as an artist, however the siren song of science later lured me in to do a Degree in Neuroscience, dabble into the physical sciences, and do a PhD. I am currently a technician in a lab, and try to spend some of my free time sharing my science addiction with members of the public.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

No, I prefer playing with other peoples pets.

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Yes, I have quite a bit. Ranging from brains in various sizes and media, science toys, science posters, space themed bags, science themed suits. The list grows every day.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Baking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Savory

7 Do you speak any other languages?

I can speak bits of French, Spanish, German, learning Polish and Japanese. I like learning new languages, I just don’t get around to mastering them.

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

I really like the idea of becoming a baker, but science is too much fun for that to happen.

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

If not the brain, it would be astro/particle physics.

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Germany

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Super intelligence (Think of all the good I can do, and also I can use it to artificially provide myself with other superpowers. :P)

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

I am really enjoying reading “The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience” by Guy Leschziner
Loved the show manic on Netflix

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

What don’t I want to do? Normally writing, knitting and baking, maybe an activity like combat archery if I can organise it. Oh and board games, I love my board game nights.

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Uh… my heart, my lungs, and an energy source… Oh.. you mean metaphorically. My ipod, my notebook, and a friend…

15 What beverage gives you life?

Summer fruit cordials.

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

It probably was the Harry Potter books.

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was younger I wanted to be an “inventor” to make people’s lives better. That was abandoned very quickly as everyone around me told me that was not a career, and not feasible for “someone like me”.

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My desire to understand the mystery of the brain keeps me going, and when that isn’t enough the joy from people when I show them science in science events.

19 What got you excited in science?

The brain, and the mystery of it

20 What excites you about science now?

I am really excited about the glymphatic system, it sounds weird but it seems really cool.
Also epigenetic modifications. Like did you know when you experience extended periods of hunger or pain your DNA changes slightly. Like that is amazing.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Probably watching YouTubers play Minecraft

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I destroy everything I touch

23 What is your favorite game?

Board Game Long Game: Firefly: The Game, Short Game: One night ultimate werewolf
Video Game: Generation zero

24 What is the last book you read?

What if? By Randall Munroe

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Never be afraid to question everything, just because something is established doesn’t always mean people understand it.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Perform one of the songs I wrote, or read one of the books I wrote to my friends

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Embrace your eccentricity, don’t let the people around you stifle it.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Yoga followed by baking.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Dr. Stone

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Probably going to be either my toe, or baby mice.

31 What is your favorite animal?

I don’t have a favourite, I mean how do you choose? The closest to a favourite animal will be a penguin.

32 What is your favorite book?

Across the Nightingale Floor (but really the whole Tales of the Otori saga)

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Blueberries.

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

10 April

35 What is your favorite plant?

There are so many great plants, I have a different favourite every week. Right now it is the orchid.

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Pain is not pain till it reaches the brain, however, the brain unable to feel pain itself. How weirdly poetic is that?

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

The smell of baking when it is raining. (Yes it is a very specific smell)

39 What is your favorite sound?

Laughter

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My ability to get really excited from the simplest of things.

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Exuberant

42 What is your proudest moment?

Watching my little brother’s graduation

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Blue Jacaranda tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

My friends

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I wrote a number of books which have been published, but none of them contain my name as I wasn’t confident enough to be known as the author.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Adash Makdani (@ADMakdani), Chloe (@ChloeThomas_Dr), Andrea (@AMHalz94), Heather(@HCollis_Maths), Chris (@hamlettcea) all will probably have really interesting responses.