I graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc in Neuroscience in 2018. I chose to join the MRC DTP due to the multidisciplinary and collaborative focus of the programme. Being part of a larger cohort of PhD students also offers a supportive and fun environment, facilitating collaboration and knowledge exchange. The 1+3 pathway allowed me to explore a broad range of projects before selecting the one best suited to my scientific interests to pursue further. My PhD focuses on understanding early brain development in infants with and without increased vulnerability to neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism. By combining conventional graph theory approaches with dynamic frameworks, I aim to better understand the range of normal variation in functional brain network topology and dynamics and explore to what extent infants with increased likelihood of neurodevelopmental conditions deviate from these normative patterns.