For Postdocs and Graduate Students who pursue academic careers –
- Your daily life involve learning of modeling techniques, computational simulations and the physics theorems underlining those implementations.
- You work in distance if you prefer. With your iPad or laptops that reach the “cloud” (high performance computing servers) and my skype account, you do researches at your favorite coffee shops. The trade-off is that you are supposed to be capable of reading articles (from books or published literature) that involve multi-disciplinary knowledge. This suggests that you should understand the basics in math, physics, computation, and of course the biology.
- Projects tackled by international efforts will enable you to have opportunities to work with domestic and international collaborators of this lab. I will leverage the possible funding resources, either in Taiwan or oversea, to make possible your scientific researches with these top-notch scientists. The premise is that you have to be good and your data support that 🙂
- The theoretical researches in this lab have strong tight with bench work efforts from the leading structural biologists, cancer biologists and microbiologists around the globe.
For Students who seek jobs in industry after graduation –
This lab cannot guarantee you an industrial job after graduation. However, this lab provides the following to increase your chances to be hired –
- Your dry skills – You learn computer programming and use professional software to tackle problems at the molecular level. You learn math and basic physics to perform research. This enables you to see biology in a quantitative way, which distinguishes you from other biologists.
- Your wet skills – Our lab currently have basic equipments for cell culture, protein purification and enzymology assays to support research in structural biology, cancer biology and microbiology. We have developed research collaborations with domestic and foreigner scientists in both wet and dry. You will learn the reasons behind protocols, research with proper control groups, formation of hypothesis, modeling, normalization, finding counterexamples and being critical.
- Your communication skills – You learn to present your work in a logic way and in English, the international (scientific) language. You give presentations to audience from different backgrounds, which enables you to formulate talks in an engaging manner. You also learn to write scientific reports in an organized fashion. You write them in English in a way as how it is written in those articles you can easily comprehend.
- Your confidence – Your confidence comes from introspected self-understandings. You acquire knowledge that is seemingly difficult in the first place, and you acquire knowledge (and the rules) that is not previously known by anyone but you.