Fabien Cordonnier

Engineering Student (no longer at Eriksholm)
Fabien is working on a very interesting EEG project, in which he tries to show a correlation between dilating pupils and EEG data under varying listening conditions. It will be very interesting to see his findings once the study ends.

What do you do at Eriksholm?

“I am currently an intern with Eriksholm Research Centre. I work on an EEG project in collaboration with DTU, as well as a number of researchers from the research centre.”

And you have worked here for how long now?

“I sent my application as part of a requirement for the 2nd year of engineering school in France. Technically, what I call 2nd year would be considered the 4th year in Denmark. During the second year, you have to finish a 5-month internship, for which my criteria were: It needs to be abroad and it has to be related to the medical field. A friend of mine who previously held an internship at Eriksholm referred me to it, and so I applied for the position. I started working here in April 2016.” 

Tell us about the project you are participating in

"As I mentioned, I am working on an EEG project right now, following the pupillometry project that Dorothea Wendt presented at this year’s [2016] ‘AudiologyNow!’ conference. The idea behind this project is to figure out whether there is any correlation between the previous observations regarding pupil dilation, and our EEG data. The idea is to have a number of test subjects listen to sentences under different conditions. We will observe the brain responses under the different conditions, and - more accurately - how demanding they are"

What do you like the most about working at Eriksholm Research Centre?

“I think, what I like most about it, is the work environment, or the well-being, if you will. People also seem genuinely interested in everyone else’s research, so there’s always someone to pitch in with assistance in a time of need. That kind of very casual work atmosphere appeals to me.”

What are the three most important values in your life?

  1. Honesty – Probably one of the most important values there are. We have to be able to rely on each other and trust each other.
  2. Patience – There are so many things in the world that can get us worked up, annoyed, angered, or make our blood run cold. I think it is important to stay level-headed.
  3. Mutual interest– One thing I love about Eriksholm, and that I value highly, is the interest in the work of others. If I run into a roadblock in my research, there are so many people ready to step in and assist. That is a priceless thing.”

What do you hope will happen in future science?

“So, serious things first: It is my hope and dream that we will one day figure out a way to combat the world’s many horrific diseases, particularly relating to cancer, AIDS and equally destructive ailments. Hopefully, one day in the future, it will no longer be common to have lost a relative or dear friend to something like cancer. On a slightly jollier note, I would absolutely love a teleportation device.”

What is the most exciting scientific breakthrough in your life time?

“It is actually a rather recent discovery on the top of my list. The fact that we discovered evidence of water on Mars marks a fantastic beginning for our space exploration going forward. It is undeniable proof that we are very likely to find life or bacteria elsewhere in the universe. Other than that, cloning stands out as a very high-profile breakthrough. The fact that we can now clone sheep, could lead to further breakthroughs such as – perhaps – the cloning of healthy human organs for transplant patients.”

What do you do in your spare time?

“I do a number of things. First and foremost, I like to play sports. Just any kind of sports actually, though basketball is a personal favorite of mine. Additionally, I like to spend time at the gym, and try to go every day for an hour or so, as much as time permits. When I do neither of those two, I spend time at my computer, watching series and staying up-to-date on recent developments in the NBA for example. I wish there were better opportunities for playing basketball where I live, but unfortunately there are no nearby basketball teams, with the exception of a very professional one that I likely could not compete with in any way, shape or form.”

Fabien has another 3 months left of his internship, and we are very excited to see what interesting research will come out of his stay with us. If you would like to learn more about Fabien, you can connect with him on his LinkedIn profile.