About the author

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30 y.o
PhD student in computational neuroscience at the RWTH, Germany

Neuroscience, Machine_learning, Python, Self_improvement, Sport, Life_enthusiasth

Contact: jlefortbesnard@gmail.com

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Before Germany

After getting the high school diploma in electricity, I started to work as an electrical technician. After few months, I wasn’t feeling like it was how I wanted my life to be so I quitted my job and started a world travel. I did several jobs to finance my nomad life, these range from Mc Donalds to holiday camps monitor, and include shoes seller, sport coach and many more. Traveling and working around the world was amazing. I met many people of different cultures and ages, they all took an important part in my quest for self-knowledge. After several years of experiencing a nomadic lifestyle, I started to feel the need for being useful, for having a role, for paying back the chance I have to live such a life. Also, something else was being born: a huge appetite for understanding the world around me. At 23 years old, I took a very important decision that changed my life: I applied for the psychology program at the University of Tours. For the last bachelor years, I flew to Bucknell University in the USA as an exchange student: Such a fantastic experience! During this year, I understood how much getting into a new culture makes you become a new person, more open-minded, more flexible, more organized and with a broader vision of what is possible in life. But also, this year allowed me to develop a keen interest in neuroscience and research in general. I went back to Tours university for a Master degree both in psychology and neuroscience where I graduated in June 2015.

Nowadays in Aachen

 Full-time Ph.D. student in computational neuroscience

 I am working on the Default Mode Network in Schizophrenia. This network is known to be more active when people are left undisturbed. It has previously been segregated into functionally distinct subregions. Using machine-learning tools on these subregion nodes, my main project is about quantifying the importance of the dysfunction of each segregated subregions in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. 

Part time associated doctoral researcher for the IRTG 2150

In April 2016, I was hired as an associate doctoral researcher for the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2150. The IRTG is formed by scientists from the RWTH university, the research center of Jülich and the university of Pennsylvania (USA). The group aims to investigate the neurobiology of pathological aggression and impulsivity.


                 -Training (running, climbing)- -Volunteering- -Blogging- -Learning German- 







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