Dr. Doug Munoz
Why did you choose your profession?
I wanted to know more about how my own brain works. My primary interest and focus when I started as an independent investigator was doing monkey behavioural neurophysiology to study the eye saccade system. I then started working with various human patient groups performing the same behavioural tasks. It’s fascinating to see the translation that’s possible between human clinical studies and monkey behavioural neurophysiology. Studying them together in parallel greatly increases my knowledge and the relevancy of the science.
What makes for a great workday?
Being able to work with students in the lab and then discuss unexpected or unaccounted for data that leads to new hypotheses and research.
How would your colleagues describe you?
I perform many leadership roles but I’m more passionate about science than administration. Like most scientists…
How has life surprised you?
I have three children and it’s fascinating watching them grow up so differently. My neurophysiology background has benefited my personal life by making me a better parents and and become full circle with my job.
What makes you laugh the hardest?
Me… and the TV show Big Bang Theory – it depicts scientists perfectly. The writers nailed it.
What are your hobbies?
Hockey, baseball, sports, and my family. I also enjoy cycling where there are no cars. Cycling is one of the few activities that allows me to slip into calming meditative thinking.
Where were you born and raised?
Are you planning any trips in the near future?
Montevideo, Uruguay. I’ve never been there before and I will stop over in Rio on the way.
What’s the first place you would recommend to a new traveler?
I try to go to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil twice a year. Brazilians are amazing people.
Do you have a favorite movie or book?
Dark beer… does that count?