Haris Saslis


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  • Organization
    Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research is on the evolution of plants and on how people use plants. In particular, I am interested in finding out how some plants evolved to be medicinal, and how we can find new drugs from plants.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    There's no such thing as a typical day, really. My day involves doing research (more on my computer than in the lab nowadays), writing articles, communicating with fellow researchers from across the world, travelling for fieldwork or to attend conferences, teaching, and reading articles.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Being a scientist requires a lot of self-motivation and self-discipline. You chose when and how to work and you need to always come up with new things that motivate you. That can sometimes be tough, but when you do work on things that are motivating it doesn't feel like working.

  • Profile Question 3
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Find something that really inspires you, a project that you find really exciting! Also, prepare to fail occasionally. And then know that everyone fails, but a scientist finds a way around failure and manages to push through. If you work on something you love, it will be easier to overlook a short-term failure in order to answer the question you're working on.

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  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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