Toxic lab


Even when there is clearly something or someone to blame for your experiment going wrong, your cells getting contaminated, or the paper getting rejected. Because it is very simple. Whose experiment ? Whose paper ? Whose goals in life ? Academia is a complex world full of bizarre and opportunistic people. It is a everyday “learning the art of how not to let people treat you like shit and how not to end up treating people like shit too”. Last year, just a week after my PhD defence, I went to a conference where a researcher concluded her talk with the following advice for people wishing to stay in academia: “The rule #1 when swimming with sharks is: if you get bitten, don’t bleed.” Little did I know on that morning about the lab I would land on a week later for my postdoc.


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