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Aïcha BenTayeb

MICCAI Daily:

Where do you study,

Aïcha?

Aïcha BenTayeb:

I am a 4

th

year PhD

student at the medical image

analysis lab of the Simon Fraser

University in Vancouver, Canada.

MICCAI Daily:

You are not really

Canadian…

Aïcha:

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

supervisor,

and moved to

Vancouver.

MICCAI Daily:

How did you discover

your passion for science?

Aïcha:

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

it [

laughs

], to save it from cardiac

arrest.

MICCAI Daily:

He certainly needed

it. Actually, you saved its life.

Aïcha:

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

me.

That’s when I got introduced to

engineering, basically biomedical

engineering:

I

started my

engineering school and they had

this program for biosciences.

MICCAI Daily:

Did you feel that

school was the right choice for you?

Aïcha:

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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