If it had been up to his father, Ismail Gbadamosi would have become a doctor. That was the real plan. Ismail chose another way, but the human body became his field of work and research - more precisely the human brain. He is a neuroscientist and currently conducting research for his PhD at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology which is part of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He specializes in neurodegenerational diseases.
His academic path began at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, where he completed his Masters in Human Anatomy. During his student days he already worked as a research assistant. One of his major areas of research was (and still is) the effects of different substances on the brain in Alzheimer’s disease research, including nicotine. His interest is shaped by his grandmother's Alzheimer's disease. It was the whole family's job to take care for her at home.
In 2020 he came from Nigeria to Vienna as an OeAD scholarship holder. This was shortly before Austria shutdown public life and travel due to the first lockdown. He stayed for 9 months.
In this podcast, Ismail talks about his career, his past and current research and also about his personal passions such as cooking and fitness.