Firstly, I would like to expand my team by recruiting at least three PhD students and one or two post-docs. Our first job will be to develop a new theoretical framework in order to build dynamic models of the brain during ageing or during the progression of a disease. In order to establish average scenarios from observations of individuals repeated over time, we need to compare what is comparable. Between two individuals, the same pathology does not emerge at the same time and does not evolve at the same pace. The age criterion is therefore ineffective. We are going to have to invent new statistical tools that will automatically match similar events (such as the appearance of a lesion in a certain area of the brain, for example) that happen at different times for each patient, thereby replacing the disease in the life and history of the patient.
Although just a PhD student, it was great that I was able to gain an insight into all the facets of research. By this I mean everything linked with the basic scientific and technical work, as well as the publication of articles, participation in conferences in France and abroad and participation in European projects. What's good about Inria is that you also learn how to sell your research, you're trained to do it, which is not the case everywhere. This enabled me to mix with an international community and become a member of it, to meet my "competitors". The results are immediate: even before I finished my PhD I had three post-doctoral offers in the US, at MIT, John Hopkins and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I chose the latter option rather than a more prestigious establishment, where I would have been just one of many post-doctoral researchers.