A life in science is a long and interesting path, and our trajectories are determined as much by our tastes as by skill and luck.
A career in science is shaped by many factors, one of the most important being our tastes in research. These typically form early and are shaped by subsequent successes and failures. My tastes run to microscopes, chemistry, and spatial organization of cytoplasm. I will try to identify where they came from, how they shaped my career, and how they continue to evolve. My hope is to inspire young scientists to identify and celebrate their own unique tastes.
Mitchison TJ. A question of taste. Mol Biol Cell. 2013 Nov;24(21):3278-80. PMCID:PMC3814136.