• Question: whats been the most exciting part of your career?

    Asked by Louis on 27 Nov 2023.
    • Photo: Michael Schubert

      Michael Schubert answered on 27 Nov 2023:

      I’ve really enjoyed some of the hands-on science I’ve been able to do. It was exciting to be part of dinosaur digs, hunt through the woods for signs of endangered animals, SCUBA dive with turtles to check them for cancer, and do detailed lab experiments to discover brand-new things about how our genes work. All of that, to me, is equally interesting and equally exciting! (But I’ve also enjoyed things like giving talks at big, important conferences and publishing new knowledge in scientific journals. It’s all exciting, really!)

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      Samantha Slater-Lewin answered on 27 Nov 2023:

      I have always worked in the field of forensic science and have mostly worked within the laboratory environment but many years ago I had the opportunity to work on a ‘Lab in a Van’ project, where we put a forensic laboratory into a 7.5 ton truck with the idea that we could bring the laboratory to a crime scene, examine exhibits and process the DNA to try and get a DNA result in less than 24 hours. This was a world first. There were a few issues along the way and unfortunately the project didn’t lead to us rolling out Lab in a Van, but it was a great opportunity to be involved in a potentially ground breaking project and I did get the chance to drive it to over to Brussels to show it off to the Members of European Parliament.

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      Martin Johnsson answered on 28 Nov 2023:

      It’s a lot of relatively small things. It’s exciting to see students graduate, to read through a draft paper that I’m happy with (before it goes through the long process of actually publishing the paper; I’ll usually lose my enthusiasm while that happens), to see a new result, even if it’s a small one, that I didn’t anticipate ahead of time.

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      Sophie Shaw answered on 28 Nov 2023:

      I now do a job within the NHS and it’s really exciting getting to see the impact of your work on patients. We often have patient speakers come and talk to us about how we’ve changed their life or our work is in the news (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53630087 and https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58654240).

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      Hayley Free answered on 28 Nov 2023:

      There have been a few things which some can seem more exciting than others – for example I had my first publication the other week which is a big achievement for me. Otherwise, when I spent time at London Zoo I got to see some great research and be involved in a lot of animal post-mortems (not for everyone I know, but I loved it!). In general, I find it really exciting to be researching something that not many other people have put time into before, and make new connections along the way.

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      Caroline Hyde answered on 28 Nov 2023:

      Making a novel discovery and publishing my first peer-reviewed journal article have certainly been pretty exciting. Other things that come to mind include getting to travel for work to give talks and presentations, being able to manage my time independently or collaborating with interesting partners including the BBC – these have all been very rewarding and exciting opportunities over the years!