My research career started at Harvard’s cancer research center, then Fred Hutchinson, and includes Amsterdam’s Radionuclide Center. The ALT DNA-repair findings from my years at Dana Farber got published in a renowned science rag, yadda, yadda.
My personal touch didn’t matter there.
Even in the most prestigious labs, tissue samples were the only variable permitted. I had to reproducibly poke, prod, and sacrifice one thing for the chance of helping another with extracted, abstracted data. Scientific discovery is a noble but incredibly tedious, boring process. Our entire job is to be a non-variable.
My burning curiosity towards life, and how it works, was forced to focus on illness, rather than on the amazing context: life itself. Sure, every day people are rescued or improved through chemistry, but personally?
I’m glad I escaped the lab.
The way I engage with fellow technologists, researchers, and scientists nowadays, gives scientific relevance to inter-personal “chemistry!”
Let’s face it. Real life is messy and there are no negative controls. We’re all ‘variables.’ It can boggle the mind.
But the living, breathing smarty-pants’ who allow me to assist in their visceral thought experiments produce consistent results without anything feeling like mere protocol! I transfer resilient communication skills to my clients through mutually, instantly, and lastingly gratifying experiences. Less technical people have said I teach love “by osmosis.” 🙂