The 4-day cruise that I went to in January 2020 was my first cruise experience and highly likely will be the last one that I could have for an indefinite time until cruise ships interior are proven sterile 😨 or at least until travelling is allowed again 😕.
The curse of knowledge!
Defined by Stephen Pinker as "The inability to imagine what it is like for someone else for not knowing something that you know".
So it is indeed quite a dangerous curse, and I am sure all researchers out there have it to an extent at any stage of their career. I could say that I was or maybe am still badly cursed, but I have been very aware of its presence since the moment I stepped into research.
Now with only 1 person allowed in the cell culture room at a time, I often work in the lab all by myself. It is fun to have all that space but I also realize these little annoying things can be even more infuriating when I have no one around to complain to! Of course they are harmless, but can you relate to these?
Finally! The university has reopened and I am allowed to be in the lab again! Things gradually pick up as we are still in "Phase 1 Return To Work" and that means I am now juggling a lot between lab and writing. But I really love it! It brings me joy to be in the lab again 😆
So, consider this post as an answer to all your questions and wonders what a biomedical researcher like me does in the lab. My research focuses on stem cells adaptation to mechanical stimuli. So, there are different aspects I want to study from the cells and lots of techniques needed to get different information, qualitatively and quantitatively. I could say that all my experiments revolve around the stem cells.
There are plenty of things need to be considered while performing it, like type of reaction, incubation time and temperature, the correct time to add the reagents, the measurement setups, and most importantly, the reason WHY you are doing that particular assay!