Brain Sciences


Stephanie Czieso

Photo of Stephanie, in a black blouse and smiling at the camera

How long have you been at UCL and what is your current role?

I am the Lab Operations Manager at the Institute of Neurology (IoN). I am trying to sort out anything related to Health and Safety, building maintenance and lab operations. More recently I was also involved with lab sustainability and COVID safety. I have previously worked in a lab at UCL for 5 years, left for a short time and came back 2 years ago, so have worked for UCL for nearly 7 years in total.

What working achievements are you most proud of?

There are a lot of achievements I have been involved with but which I would never be able to complete without the support of others like the improvement of Health and Safety at the Institute, setting up a sustainability team, bringing all our lab managers together to work more as a team for example and being one of the pilot buildings for reopening after the first COVID lockdown. So I think bringing people together to make IoN a better workplace is what I am most proud of.

What is your favourite album, film, and novel?

Album: Disintegration by The Cure; Film: none, I don’t usually watch things and don’t own a Telly; Novel: A short history of nearly everything by Bill

What do you like best about working in the Faculty of Brain Sciences?

The people - all the staff and students I dealt with so far have been incredibly friendly and approachable which is very helpful for a job that is mostly focused on problem-solving.

What are your future goals?

Work-wise I really can’t wait to see our new building opening and to be involved in the day to day running of the new labs and facilities. Outside work, I would like to learn how to play a musical instrument properly.