#WomenInSTEMWednesday: May-Britt Moser

Courtesy: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

It has been a while since I’ve done #WomenInSTEMWednesday but let’s pick it back up!

This week’s woman is a neuroscientist from Norway: May-Britt Moser. Her parents did not attend college but her mother always encouraged her to pursue her dreams.

She went to the University of Oslo where she studied MULTIPLE fields of STEM including mathematics, neurobiology and psychology. While at school, she became friends with a boy she knew from high school and they got married in the mid-80s. Together, they decided to become research partners looking at the brain.

Their research has contributed to a better understanding of how the brain maps locations and memories. In 2005, she and her husband discovered grid cells – which are a type of nerve cell. This discovery, and some of the other research, has helped scientists gain a better understanding of how our memory operates and some of the neurological conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

For this discovery, she, her husband and American neuroscientist John O’Keefe,  were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. May-Britt continues to study the human brain and unlocking some of the secrets about the brain that we still don’t have answers to.

May-Britt wanted to know more while in college. She wanted answers to some of the unknowns. Sometimes, that is the key to moving forward in STEM. Don’t know the answer? Let’s figure it out! There isn’t something for that already – let’s create it! May-Britt Moser displays that mentality and continues to work to find those unknowns. #WomenInSTEM

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