BabyLab staff spotlight: Samra Alispahic


Samra Alispahic is a HDR student at The MARCS Institute and a Research Assistant at MARCS BabyLab.

When did you start working at MARCS and what was your role?
My journey at MARCS started as a Research Intern in 2013.

What was your first job?
I worked as a retail assistant in a men's formal wear store.

What has been one of your greatest achievements?
As I have claustrophobia, one of my biggest personal achievements was spending four days in a submarine in the Pacific Ocean.

What's the best thing about your job?
There are so many wonderful aspects to my job – but one of them would definitely have to be our amazing participants. Infant research would not exist were it not for the parents and caregivers taking time out with their little ones to visit our BabyLab. Watching our littlest scientists grow up before our eyes, reaching their own little milestones has also been great fun and a privilege.

What do you like to do when you are not working?
I'm usually out and about catching up with family and friends. I enjoy seeing shows, the beach and going on road trips up or down the coast.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
My first job goal, at five years of age, was to become an astronaut.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
Machu Picchu, Peru. I've wanted to go there since I was little and have made that my next destination goal.

What books/authors would we find on your bookshelf at home?
It could be anything from Saint-Exupéry, Larsson, Selimović to Sophocles, I like variety.

If you could invite anyone famous to dinner who would it be and why?
Jimmy Page – so that he could teach me guitar.

In 25 words or less what would you like to achieve in the future?
Further my academic career, write a book or two and explore the world.