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  • Twenty years ago I abandoned my Ph.D. studies, took a consolation Master's degree and left behind the academic pathway to professorship and beyond forever.

    I have never regretted this decision.

    I did not abandon science. Every work day, I spend my time with my tubes and enzymes, sometimes research, sometime diagnostics. I have never left the bench for an office.

    I love what I do.

    Hands-on science. I do not write grants. I do not attend meetings. I do not teach.

    I do what I love.

    My work rarely follows me home. I have time for all the other things I enjoy, photography, writing as I am here. My family.

    I love what I do.

    Twenty years ago I followed my gut. Some thought I was a fool to abandon such a career path. But I left behind anxiety and over-competitiveness. I left behind that nagging feeling that I was in the wrong place doing the wrong thing.

    I do what I love.
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