• Question: what are you trying to accomplish in the next few years

    Asked by naqvint01 to Richard, Prateek, Liz, Jim, Amelia on 13 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Amelia Markey

      Amelia Markey answered on 12 Jun 2011:

      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!

    • Photo: Jim Caryl

      Jim Caryl answered on 12 Jun 2011:

      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!

    • Photo: Richard Badge

      Richard Badge answered on 12 Jun 2011:

      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.

    • Photo: Lizzard O'Day

      Lizzard O'Day answered on 13 Jun 2011:

      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!

    • Photo: Prateek Buch

      Prateek Buch answered on 13 Jun 2011:

      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 🙂