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Working with a Rosalind Franklin Fellowship, University Medical Center Groningen - Deniz Baskent

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Published on Nov 7, 2012

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Rosalind Franklin Fellowship, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands -- Deniz Baskent

My name is Deniz Baskent and I'm a professor at the KNO-department of UMCG, and also a Rosalind Franklin Fellow. I do research on hearing problems, aging, and a little bit on effects of cognitive elements. So this is where I do most of my research. The research I do is mostly on hearing-related topics. For example, I work in the clinic, but my background is in engineering. So I work with people who have hearing problems, but I try to use my engineering background and approach, trying to identify this problem. So what I really want to do is trying to understand what kind of problems these people have exactly. And really pinpoint those problems so that we can clearly identify them and maybe work with companies or manufacturers of hearing devices, hearing aids and cochlear implants and develop some solutions for them.

So I work in Groningen but I also live in the city centre of Groningen and I quite like that. Because I feel in the city centre I'm in the middle of this really interesting city life and I can also be here at work in a short time which I also like, the lack of commute. Because I always lived in big cities before: in Los Angeles, San Francisco and in Turkey it was in Ankara. At least six million people or more. That means that I like crowds but that also means that you spend a lot of time on the road for example and I don't have that here, which I like very much.

For working here, I'm a professor now and I'm very pleased with that, and I have a very nice group of people that I lead. But I also work within a very nice group of people. And I feel I get quite all the support for all the things that I want to do here. I feel this place really let's me flourish and grow up in ways that I want to grow up and flourish. I started here in June 2009, so that was around three, three and a half years ago. So I guess I'm in the second half of my Fellowship. But what really made a difference for me was the first half, the first couple of years. It was really wonderful to have such an open grant which I could use for anything that I wanted to do. That's really nice support. Especially if you come to a place from somewhere else and you don't have your network here, you don't have your lap coins, mostly you don't have your people yet. So that initial support was amazingly useful, it was a really nice, great first push that made me active right away.

Right now, I still like being a Rosalind Franklin Fellow but it's not the grant per se that helps me, but rather it's the network of people that I'm in. Because we are around, I think, 30 of 35 people together in the university, a little bit less in the hospital, but we know each other very well. And that really helps. I feel like almost right after I moved here, I made friends overnight. Because all of them are my friends, we help each other. Either for personal or professional questions, there is always someone I can go and talk to. So I think this is another way the Fellowship really helps. So the initial push was very helpful but right now I enjoy more being part of this network, I think.

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