Marine Kaufmann

How I got into science

I was definitely a very curious kid growing up. Throughout childhood, I found myself always outdoors getting dirty and trying to catch frogs and dragonflies. My aunt got me my first science kit that lets you make your own bath bombs and erupting volcanoes, and not only did I have loads of fun, I immediately felt this deep satisfaction of being able to understand things from a fact based lens. My interests expanded as I grew a bit older and I became fixated on what makes humans tick. I took up a fondness for psychology before I even knew what the word meant, and really enjoyed learning advanced biology concepts in my later schooling years. This led me to my passion in neuroscience, where as a scientist, I get to experience the marriage of microscopic molecules, with real-world outcomes and particularly behavioral changes in humans and beyond. I am so grateful to live in an age of science where concepts lie at the reach of our fingertips, and we could be on the verge of a massive impact on society. My areas of interest within neuroscience focus on both endogenous & exogenous brain machine interface technologies. I full-heartedly believe that the development of these targeted stimulation & inhibition technologies can serve as a massive benefit to the wellbeing of humans who suffer from various mental disorders and our role as scientists is to further that possibility down the line.

Non-science biography:

I’m a very creative person, and I deeply enjoy the arts on all levels. I danced for 10 years in multiple disciplines, and I played the classical piano for a decade as well. I paint as a hobby and I am an intermediate seamstress. (Working on it!) I have a 3 year old cat and we are inseparable. I am an avid concertgoer, and enjoy most genres of music, but in particular, songs that fall into sleepy indie music and bedroom pop would be my main jam. I am a very good cook! I like to replicate dishes from my favorite restaurants in my spare time. I am also teaching myself how to roller skate and am practicing calligraphy for Mandarin (pinyin). I think it is important to use my creativity like a muscle, because when well maintained, it contributes positively to my ability to be creative in my scientific thinking.



The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllebhen


Shawshank Redemption


30 Rock/ It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia


Indie Rock, Psychedelic Indie, Bedroom Pop


Lobster Mac & Cheese


Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea, Apricot Juice


Sewing, Designing Clothes

Coffee, friend or foe:


What I look for in a scientist