Dr. Nafisa M. Jadavji is a Neuroscientist. She is an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University and Research Professor at Carleton University. In 2012, she completed her doctoral training at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Her laboratory investigates how the brain responds to different biological processes throughout the lifespan. Dr. Jadavji’s research has been published in Biochemical Journal, Neuroendocrinology, Experimental Neurology, Journal of Neuroscience, Human Molecular Genetics, Nutrition reviews, Toxicological Science, European Journal of Neuroscience, Neural Regeneration Research, and Neurobiology of Disease. Dr. Jadavji has received funding from the Federation of European Neuroscience Society (Europe), NeuroWIND (Germany), Canadian Association for Neuroscience, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Science & Engineering Research Council (Canada), International Brain Research Organization, Parkinson’s disease Foundation (US), Burroughs Wellcome Fund (US) and Fonds de la recherché en santé Québec (Canada). She is a regular reviewer for the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Neurotoxicity Research, Journal of Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience. Dr. Jadavji is an Editorial member for Frontiers in Nutrition and Neuroscience. She is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Journal of Young Investigators (JYI).

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Neuron cookie cutter, synapse painting

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


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


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


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

A cabin in the woods

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

Being a fly on the wall

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

The professor is in, if you are in academia.

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

Cook and bake, watch TV

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

My laptop, water bottle, and chapstick

15 What beverage gives you life?

Chai Lattes

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

In praise of imperfection

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

Doing science

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My love of science

19 What got you excited in science?

I really like to figure out how things work.

20 What excites you about science now?

It always surprises me.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

TV, popcorn, and dark chocolate

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I love to organize things

23 What is your favorite game?

Exploding kittens

24 What is the last book you read?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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

Do what you love

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

Traveling to Africa to go on a safari.

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

Find something you love to do, and do it.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Watch tv

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Never Ever Have I

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

50mL tube from the lab

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

Harry Potter

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

The first day of school

35 What is your favorite plant?

Ponytail Palm Tree Live Indoor Elephant’s Foot Plant

36 What is your favorite science fact?

The brain is plastic.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?


40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I think outside the box.

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

le cerveau

42 What is your proudest moment?

July 1st 2019, first day as an Assistant Professor

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Palm tree

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


45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I lived in Berlin, Germany for two years.

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