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Manaal
Iqbal

Cohort 8

Hometown: Cary, NC

Major: Neuroscience and Global Studies, with a minor in Spanish

Research Interest: Neurodegenerative diseases



CSS has impacted the way I think about a career in STEM. I used to believe my options for someone in my field were very limited, but through CSS I've learned that I have a lot of different options.




WHAT DREW YOU TO THE CSS PROGRAM?

I’ve always had a passion for STEM, and CSS gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion through research.


WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CSS EXPERIENCE SO FAR?

My favorite CSS experience so far as been the virtual movie nights we’ve had with the rest of our cohort. It’s a lot of fun because after the movie we just hang around and talk about the meaning and little details.


HOW HAS CSS SHAPED YOUR CAREER GOALS?

CSS has impacted the way I think about a career in STEM. I used to believe my options for someone in my field were very limited, but through CSS I’ve learned that I have a lot of different options.


WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY RESEARCH INTEREST?

I’m really interested in studying neurons and diseases that impact the autonomic nervous system like POTS as well as neurodegenerative diseases.