My Lab

I have my own laboratory. This is a huge milestone for me, and something I never expected actually to be doing. But- things don’t always work out like you expect they will, sometimes they work out to be better. I found that I love having the freedom to think about and work on the scientific questions that interest me and essentially being my own boss.  Although I enjoy writing… I love working at the bench. There is nothing quite as gratifying as the experiment that REALLY worked. I have precious little time to do this now though- cause usually I’m grant-writing, paper-writing, mentoring….. or blog writing…

Of course- there is so much more to being in an academic position than the interesting scientific questions… and most of it no one teaches you about during your Ph.D. or Postdoctoral training. So, the faculty learning curve can be pretty steep! I am very fortunate to have excellent colleagues, collaborators and mentors (and in case you think they were all wonderful, there were a few lesser moments as well, worth reviewing at some point). I have benefited a tremendous amount from the collective knowledge of my colleagues, and hope that I can pass along some of this to you.

Will this work out for me? Well, so far so good- but this is all a work in progress for sure.  I’m just going to continue to take this one day at a time and enjoy the ride!

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