Article in Molecular Cell and the next step、モル・セルの論文と次のステップ

Wow. More than a month has gone by since my last post. It's the longest stretch that I've gone without updating my blog. Many things happen in a month when you've got your work, your MBA, your band, etc. But this past month, there just seemed to be more. Some good. Some bad. But hey, I try to make the most of every experience by making it a learning experience. And plus, no one can say that I lead a boring life!

Well, I don't have time to write too much so I'll just tell you about the best thing that has happened in the past month. You see, I had been working on a big article with another post-doc that was working in our laboratory until last June. Some of the stuff that I did for this paper can be found here, and the work was presented at an international conference in January. And now, just a few days ago, that paper got accepted for publication at a big journal called Molecular Cell!! Oh what a joy! With this big paper, I can finally feel that I have been able to give back to my boss and to this laboratory, where I've had the honor of being a part of for the past 3 and a half years. Now, I have one more paper that I want to write, after which it'll be time to move on to something new.

Speaking of moving on to something new, one of the authors on our paper, a master's student J, taught me a little saying: "A rolling stone gathers no moss". Initially I thought that it was a nice proverb meaning that you can stay fresh and on your edge if you move around constantly (like I do). But apparently in Japanese, the message is that in order to succeed, you should be patient in every endeavor and persevere until the end.

Well, I think that both are right and wrong and that, as are many things in life, a healthy balance is needed. At the pace of today's life, one must learn to be able to adapt to many conditions and face new challenges constantly. In other words, be receptive to "change". But on the other hand, quitting things too quickly and frequently will make you a "Jack of all trades, master of none", which will hurt your credibility tremendously. So it is imperative that one strikes a good balance between the two. However, since the perception of "balance" depends on the individual, it's a pretty tough target to reach while you're young and have little experience, isn't it?

What do you think?







Junkchan said...




drnobusaku said...

テツさんmol cellおめでとう!

これから先はどうしますか??mol cellあるなら研究者続けていくのがいいようにも思いますが、どうでしょうね。

TETSU said...

ありがとうございます。m(_ _)m

でも、あくまでもco-1stですから。やっぱり、自分のプライドの為にも、本当の本当のファーストをとりたいですね。それから、次ぎに移動!。。。と言っても、まだ固まっていませんが。いくつか考えています。今度お話でも聞いてあげて下さいよ。宜しくお願いします。m(_ _)m

Takashi said...

Mol Cellすごいじゃないっすかーーー