I’ve got just under 2 years to finish my PhD. So I have already managed to copy some DNA on my device. Hopefully I can improve that so I get tons of DNA. The next job after that is to make a device that can break open cells. Then I need to make a device that can store my DNA. If I get all that done I can put the devices together to see if I can break open a cell, copy its DNA and store its DNA. Then I have to write a big book saying what I’ve done. Quite a lot to do in 2 years!
In the next few years I need to take the steps to get funding to start my own research group.
When you train as a scientist you work under the supervision of senior scientists, and as you get more experience you get more and more responsibilities, and start designing and supervising projects for junior scientists and students, until you discover that you’re now a senior scientist yourself. The next step then is to apply for the right (and money) to get your own laboratory, and work on your own ideas. So this is what I need to do next, but it’s very difficult, pretty scary and very, very competitive!
In the next two years I’ll working hard to get more funding for my research on human jumping genes, developing collaborations with colleagues in other European countries, as well as publishing more of the data we have generated already.
Also I am hoping to see my University’s new Bioinformatics and Biostatistics service (of which I am the “academic lead”) grow and help more research get done more quickly.
Operation graduation is fully underway. I am hoping to graduate my PhD program at Harvard in the next year and then continue my journey as a scientist. I want to have my own lab one day, conducting experiments, encouraging students, thinking, wondering, testing ideas. I can’t wait!
Every scientist is looking towards how to get studies published, to move their own field forward and to help get funding for their research. Ideally I’d love to be the head of a lab – whether I get there remains to be seen 🙂