A former lab technician of mine who is now a graduate student in a Department of Biological Sciences sent this to me today. It may not be meaningful to anyone who has not spent time as an academic scientist but it made me laugh. Sadly there is much truth in this.
People ask if I regret my career shift which is moving me away from the lab, away from research. Um, no. Never.
Do I still believe that basic biomedical research is the best way to understand and one day cure disease? Absolutely. Does it need to be me doing the work? Not anymore.