Enjoy your time in the lab

It took me a while before knowing for sure that I wanted to work as a researcher in a human physiology lab. I still remember the exact moment when, in front of the metabolic cart (equipment used to measure gas exchange mostly during aerobic exercise), I said to myself: this is exactly what I want to do.

So, I enjoyed every minute of my master’s degree and my PhD. I enjoyed even more my time as a postdoc in a Danish lab: it was the paradise for integrative (and invasive) physiology.

So, I naively thought that I would continue to have fun in the lab as an assistant professor…

Well, not exactly.

The thing is, since I am a PI, time in the lab has been reduced to a minimum. Writing grant proposals, teaching, mentoring, writing and reviewing papers are tasks that keeps me away from the lab. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I miss the lab for sure.

Dear grad students/postdocs, enjoy your time in the lab because:

Things. Will. Change.


Invitation to review: déjà vu

Although I have been a reviewer for 8 years now, I never received an invitation from Journal yyyy to review a manuscript for which I’ve already been a reviewer for Journal xxxx.

I am curious… How do you approach the review of a manuscript submitted to Journal yyyy with no evidence of (even minor) update from your previous review for Journal xxxx (obviously, this manuscript has been rejected for publication in Journal xxxx) ? Will you ask to authors the reason(s) why they decided not to change their initial version of the manuscript or will you copy-paste the same general and specific comments ?