connect. Don’t be afraid to do so.
To the young scientist, talk. Yes, I am talking to you hovering in between terrified, excited and awed. Talk.
This may sound like a Business school advice (oh the horrors), but form connections and build networks. The underlying theme of the meeting I had this week was that science doesn’t happen in solitary islands, it happens in a large stretch of land that flourishes with trade. In this case the trade is of intellect, of ideas and to some extent the contagious passion for science. Some of the people will be strangers and remain so, some will be mentors and pseudo-mentors while others might be the person you promise to run sequences for overnight because someone else broke their sequencing machine.
To borrow the words of one of the professors, “You cannot and will not survive this life (in the lab) alone. You are going to need people just as…
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