Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The worst stage of an academic career

Last night it was announced that John Gurdon shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The Guardian website report had this interesting quote from him.
Probably the worst stage in an academic career is when starting on one's own as a new assistant professor, with a hefty load of new lectures to be prepared, the need to acquire research support for an independent program, the wish to attract students to form a group, and no one except oneself to do the lab work with which to attract students and research support. I was very fortunate to be joined, within two years of starting at this level, by two outstanding students, Christopher Graham and Ron Laskey.
"From Nuclear Transfer to Nuclear Reprogramming: The Reversal of Cell Differentiation" - J.B. Gurdon, Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology Vol. 22: 1-22 (Volume publication date November 2006)

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