From her very first class at the University of Lethbridge Dr. Behroo Mirza Agha (BSc '16, MSc '18, PhD '23) knew she made a great choice of study and post-secondary institution. She was drawn to campus by the neuroscience professors, who have a stellar reputation and she credits them with instilling in her the fundamentals of research. They helped her become a strong, independent scientist on the way to her doctorate in behavioural neuroscience. Behroo plans to continue her research with the goal of improving the lives of those with brain disorders.

I plan to continue doing research and hope that what I do makes a positive difference in humanity’s lives.

Meet Behroo: Hardworking. Passionate. Cheerful.
Hometown: Karaj, Iran
Program: Doctor of Philosophy | Major: Behavioural Neuroscience

Why did you choose to pursue graduate studies at ULethbridge?

I pursued graduate studies at ULethbridge because of its strong neuroscience program. The Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) is a top research group in Canada and has renowned professors who established the field of neuroscience at the University.

What does your research / creative achievement focus on and what do you hope it will accomplish?

I conducted research on stroke and stroke recovery during my master’s study, and on the stability of points on the motor cortex in my PhD. In my postdoc I will do research on a sporadic form of Alzheimer's disease. My aim throughout my research studies has been to contribute to scientific knowledge and to improve the health of patients with brain disorders.

What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience?

I was attending the first class of my first neuroscience course taught by Dr. Ian Whishaw, and I sat on the steps because no empty chair was available. As he started talking about the course, I was sure that I had chosen the right program.

Is there someone specific who had an important influence on your ULethbridge experience?

My greatest appreciation goes to Dr. Ian Whishaw. He has been my inspiration to pursue neuroscience, was my supervisor during my master's and PhD, and patiently taught me the fundamentals of research, making me a strong, independent scientist with high self-esteem. I owe him a lot and I can never repay him.  I am also eternally grateful to Dr. Majid Mohajerani, who introduced me to the CCBN building, with whom I took multiple, independent study courses, and who was my supervisor during my master's and PhD. I am also thankful and forever indebted to Dr. Jamshid Faraji, who was my first research supervisor and mentor, teaching me all aspects of neuroscience research.

Did you receive scholarships and awards?

Yes, I did, and they reduced the financial strain I faced, broadened the scope of opportunities to receive additional awards and scholarships, and was a motivator to excel in my academic pursuit.

What are your hopes/plans for the future?

I plan to continue doing research and hope that what I do makes a positive difference in humanity’s lives.

What advice would you give to those about to begin their journey at ULethbridge?

Don’t be shy about asking questions. For undergrads, consider taking independent studies as they offer valuable experience. As for grad students, remember to stay resilient and make connections with your peers.

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