As one of the lucky ones that cleared the Ph.D. hurdle and went on to a satisfying professional career, I am now committed to helping more African-American students follow their curiosity, wherever it may lead.
"The postdoc and the institution/lab have a reciprocal relationship of support and mutual dependence that I would argue is analogous to an employer-employee relationship rather than a mentor-trainee association."
I knew a little molecular biology, but I had no notion of what you could do experimentally. It reminded me of electronics, the idea that you had these tools to splice things together in an ordered way, that you could reengineer things in the cell to do something else. --Mark Goulian