There's always something that an engineer can do to make microscopes better.
I hate driving a bandwagon.
Honestly, I feel you are poisoned if you read too much of the scientific literature because it makes you start thinking like other people. You're better off having a vague sense of what's going on and making your own way.
It's nice to be able to look at one protein, but life is driven by the interactions between proteins, so it's really essential to be able to see multiple proteins at a time to understand these interactions.
Like you can't have a car that can take the kids to schools on Friday and win the grand prix on Saturday, you can't make a microscope that can do it all.
When I listen to music from different eras, I sense different things. The 1940s music, there's so much optimism and romance, maybe because they just solved the biggest problem on Earth at that time - World War II. In the 1960s, there was so much creativity and innovation in sound.
Chemistry was always my weakest subject in high school and college.
Every new invention is like a baby. You think it may cure cancer or become the president, but in the end, you're happy it just stays out of jail.
I don't like saying 'no' to people, and I'm going to have to learn how to say 'no' more.
I missed the basic curiosity of being in the lab.
I really didn't like the academic structure of science, but I realized I loved science and missed science.
I'm spoiled. All of my adult jobs have left me with complete freedom to come up with what I wanted.
In essence, we're imaging the same cell for anywhere from forty to a hundred thousand times to create one of the movies that we see.
It always irritated me that people think they have to be locked into a career path.
It takes a huge amount of effort to move from a successful high-tech prototype to broader adoption of an imaging technology.
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