With a background in stress neuroscience and shocking mice in the name of research, Maria is well-placed to speak at the Halloween edition of Laborastory. Although her latest scientific manuscript explores the mechanism of human pain (muahaha), Maria’s interest in psychiatry, crossed with her villainous mind and crass sense of humour, brings a special kind of science villain to the event – not unlike his predecessor, a psychoanalyst gone a bit rogue in his study of orgonomy, aka “the energy of sexual orgasm”.
“Existing at a point where science meets storytelling, Laborastory is a night of five scientists telling stories about personal heroes from their field.
Sometimes serious but often funny, this different take on storytelling will switch on your scientific brain and you might even learn something!"
”The Laborastory is great for two main reasons. Firstly, there's nothing quite like listening to someone talk about something they deeply understand - and who understands science better than scientists? Secondly, most of history's greatest scientists were batshit insane, so the stories about them are always top-notch."
”So much fun! It should be required post-grad/doc/prof experience!"
— Dr Colin Hales
“As for the storytelling itself, for the most part it was roll-on-the-floor funny. These guys and gals were naturals. Or, perhaps, they have inhaled, imbibed or injected so many weird chemicals that they are actually cracked. Either way, it was a great night."
— Bait for Bookworms