BabyLab staff spotlight: Maria Christou-Ergos


Maria Christou-Ergos is a Research Assistant at MARCS BabyLab.

When did you start working at MARCS and what was your role?
I started working as a Research Assistant at MARCS in 2012. My job was to collate data from a nation-wide speech study and prepare it for use in other studies at MARCS.

What was your first job?
My first job was at a cafe. I didn't enjoy the job very much but I got all the free coffee I wanted!

What has been your greatest success?
My greatest success was finishing my psychology degree with honours and a university medal.

What's the best thing about your job?
Working on a longitudinal study, I have the pleasure of getting to know some lovely families and watching babies grow up.

What do you like to do when you are not working?
I enjoy exploring the city and spending time with family and friends.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a teacher as I have always been fascinated by how children develop and learn. I guess that's why I like my current job so much.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
I would like to travel to India. It is so different to any other country I have visited and I would love to experience it first hand.

What books/authors would we find on your bookshelf at home?
Everything from Shakespeare to Dan Brown. There are too many to keep track of.

If you could invite anyone famous to dinner who would it be and why?
If it were possible, I would invite Anne Frank to dinner as she would have an amazing story to tell.

In 25 words or less what would you like to achieve in the future?
I would like to continue to travel the world and learn a fourth language.