This summer I will hit my three year anniversary of starting this position. A lot has happened, but a lot has changed. As a lab we have accomplished a significant amount and I have learned more than I imagined when I started this job.
For the first time, though, I really feel like we're in position to compete.
Starting the lab and getting the research going has been slower than I expected. Yes, we have gotten papers out, managed to find money here and there and even graduated a student, but all of that has felt like the warm up. Certainly part of that was my decision to embark on a few new lines of research that had to get established, but at this stage we have the data, we have the people and we're rolling.
0-60 in three years.
I'm not sure how long I expected it to take and each lab is going to face different challenges along the way, but I didn't expect to wait three years to finally feel like I can stop wondering if I am doing things right or stop questioning the research track we have set off on. I can point to the data now and say "I told you it would work". I can feel confident that I am not leading my trainees into the abyss. We set out with a plan and the data are paving the way.
Tis the Summer of Writing and there is much data to release unto the world.