What do you enjoy most about working in the lab and what are some of the challenges you face?
It's several things. The thrill of discovery is hard to beat, finding something for the first time and reporting on it. I also very much like working with students, post-docs and collaborators. Seeing students grow both intellectually and technically, encouraging post-docs to take control of their work and become independent, drawing in collaborators to bring new skills and perspectives to our work — it's all part of the growth of the lab, its interests, and the quality of our work. The greatest challenge is time — rigorous research takes time, care and patience. There are no quick fixes or short-cuts. Good work often takes time, and that is the challenge, it just takes longer than I, or anyone else for that matter, wants.