Deniz is a second year PhD student at the Francis Crick Institute. This profile was produced for Diverse@Imperial 2018.

Deniz Pirincci ErcanWho inspires you?

Nature itself! What we know is dwarfed by what we don’t yet know – there are so many things are waiting to be discovered.

When did you realise you wanted to be a scientist?

I was a curious kid who was asking lots of questions to my parents in order to understand nature better. Given that a scientist is also a person who is always asking and addressing the question ‘why’, it was obvious an obvious career path for me.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Keep wondering and questioning – it is key to opening doors to big discoveries.

If you were the College Provost for a day, what one thing would you do to make Imperial more diverse and inclusive?

I would increase the number of scholarships available for the overseas students. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more people from all around the world at Imperial?

"If I were the Provost for a day, I’d increase the number of scholarships for overseas students."

What are you reading at the moment?

Research papers! As a second year PhD student, I don’t have many options.