In our website feature “Researcher in Spotlight” this month we ask our researcher Bonnie Auyeung to tell us a bit more about herself.
Could you give us a quick overview of your background and career so far?
After completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology in California, I joined UCLA where I focused on developing measures of attention in children with autism spectrum conditions. From there I came to the UK, where I completed a PhD examining biological factors affecting autism at the University of Cambridge. For several years I continued as a Senior Research Fellow at the Cambridge Autism Research Centre before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2013.
How did you become interested in your current field of research?
I have always been interested in the causes of neurodevelopmental disorders, but it was when working at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute that I really wanted to understand the challenges associated with autism, how these vary between individuals and what we could do to help.
What are you currently working on and what importance does your work have for autism research?
What do you enjoy most about scientific research?
What do you like about the scientific community in Edinburgh?
What is your favourite high tech research tool?
What is your favourite low tech research tool?
Where do you usually get the best ideas for your research?
What is your hidden talent?