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4 Types of People You Meet in Science

At the end of a seminar, the speaker will often present a slide showing all of the members of the lab.  Young faces, old faces, curiously observing a plate of growing bacteria or smiling over watermelon slices at a picnic table.  The people in your lab, working with you from morning to night, is what will define your experience in the lab, whether it be your undergraduate research, six years of PhD, or a post-doc position on the other side of the world.  We all go through many stages of our life where we work in teams where different personalities are trying to work together to reach a common goal.  It comes with many challenges, but it is where we learn the most.  About ourselves, about others, and about how a good team somehow resembles a cell, as you will soon see…

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