A healthy research environment
A friendly, egalitarian environment is of paramount importance to the running of a successful lab. A great lab atmosphere fosters great relationships, and makes people actually want to work.
Academic research can be stressful, and I believe that everyone should feel welcome, irrespective of age, religion, gender, or any barriers that have impeded progress in the past.
I am a member of the Inclusive Community in Chemistry Committee of the Department of Chemistry at Princeton.
I strongly believe that the future of science lies at the interface of topics that have traditionally been siloed into a single subject: biology, chemistry, physics. Looking ahead, I think areas like chemical biology, biophysics and materials science will require great attention. My focus will be to enhance my knowledge in the fundamentals, while seeking to explore new opportunities within multidisciplinary research.
We scientists can get caught up in the minutiae of our research, and forget that there are those who need help. Personally, I feel that contributing to society is an important aspect of being a scientist. I am eager to give back, either directly (through teaching classes or giving lectures), or indirectly (mentoring students).
Reach out if you have an opportunity for me.