Where do you study,
I am a 4
student at the medical image
analysis lab of the Simon Fraser
University in Vancouver, Canada.
You are not really
No, I am Tunisian. I was born
there and did my studies in France,
in Paris. I did my master’s degree
there, specializing first in biomedical
engineering, which was a passion
for me back then. Then I decided to
start a PhD, when I met my current
and moved to
How did you discover
your passion for science?
When I was a kid I wanted to
be a doctor and to be part of the
medical profession. I had a teddy
bear and used to practice
tracheostomy on it: open the throat
of my teddy bear and put a straw in
], to save it from cardiac
He certainly needed
it. Actually, you saved its life.
I probably did, but then I
killed it back and did it again. I
always wanted to get into medical
school, but after high school I went
to Prépa (French preparatory
school) and I wasn’t sure anymore if
I really wanted to be a doctor or to
be in the research side of medicine.
Prépa was a good way to figure that
out and see where this would lead
That’s when I got introduced to
engineering, basically biomedical
engineering school and they had
this program for biosciences.
Did you feel that
school was the right choice for you?
I wasn’t sure by then. I only
knew that I liked solving problems
and learning about problems that I
could actually solve. I guess I just
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