Around 4 years ago, Integrative Biology board member and Nobel laureate Professor Roger Tsien visited the Department of Biochemistry at Oxford University. During his talk one insightful scientist wrote down a few of Professor Tsien’s words of wisdom. Here’s what he had to say on building an effective and successful science research career…
Try to put your neuroses to constructive use.
Try to find projects that give you some sensual pleasure.
Accept that your batting average will be low but hopefully not zero.
Accept that your best papers may be rejected from the fashionable journals or may be accepted for the wrong reasons (the same for grant proposals).
Learn to make lemonade from lemons; sometimes persistence pays off.
Prizes are ultimately a matter of luck, so avoid being motivated or impressed by them.
Find the right collaborators and exploit them kindly for mutual benefit.
Professor Tsien’s advice for young scientists has been posted here on behalf of both Roger and the insightful scientist, who we thank heartily for taking such excellent notes!