Katherine C. Bassil

Katherine C. Bassil is a second year Research Masters student in Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, specialized in Fundamental Neurosciences at Maastricht University. Throughout my academic studies, I have come to develop critical thinking as a skill, especially when it involved topics that I had to deal with on a daily basis. And it is of my experience that the value of an idea or thought is only greater when shared. This is why I have decided to make the most sense of my thoughts by writing them down and sharing them with those who possess a similar critical attitude, who are hungry for knowledge or simply interested in Neurosciences. Inspired by professors, family, friends and myself, I will discuss what matters to me in Neurosciences from several angles.

Paywalls: Taking science backwards

Paywalls: Taking science backwards

It was a Wednesday afternoon, dark skies, cold feet and nothing to postpone tomorrow’s deadline. I was supposed to write a research proposal and give a short presentation about it. Working last minute, as usual, my literature search was going nowhere. Every time I found THE paper that would save me, that would have all the answers to my questions…I hit a paywall. I was not satisfied. Yes sure, there were other openly available articles and many that I was able to access via the university’s library. But still, I was not satisfied. Why is public funded research not openly available to the public? is what I asked myself. Truth is, that is not what I asked myself, that’s what I eventually found out. And I was most certainly NOT satisfied. 

OPINION: Transgenerational diseases: are you to blame?

OPINION: Transgenerational diseases: are you to blame?

Epigenetics is the study of environmental effects, including lifestyle habits, on an organism’s underlying genomic material or DNA. The underlying epigenetic mechanisms, are modifications to the DNA that dictate whether a certain gene will be t...

Genetic editing: The principles of evolution, redefined

Genetic editing: The principles of evolution, redefined

The principle of evolution is a theory that justifies the diversity seen in this world, from unicellular organisms to plants, animals, and even humans. Evolution explains questions like how come apes are our closest relatives? Why do giraffes have lo...

OPINION: Modern Frankenstein fears

OPINION: Modern Frankenstein fears

With the rapid pace of technological and scientific developments, it’s high time to have a thorough, wide-ranging discussion of their ethical consequences, says Katherine Bassil in this opinion article.

My indecisive decision

My indecisive decision

"Sometimes changes in the lives of others can truly be made behind closed doors, in a lab, on a bench with just a pipet in hand and a revolutionary idea in head." The first decisions one takes when aiming for medical school, begin well b...

The biased shift: from bench to bedside

The biased shift: from bench to bedside

The day I applied for my Research Master at Maastricht University, my hope was to get accepted into the Fundamental Neuroscience track. But what is Fundamental Neurosciences, and why was that the track of my choice amongst the other equally interesti...

Why we should talk more about the ethics of Neurosciences

Why we should talk more about the ethics of Neurosciences

Neuroscience affects everyone. That is why the long-term ethical questions it raises, should be discussed more broadly, says Neuroscience master student Katherine Bassil.