• Question: What did you find most surprising or interesting about your current job that you did not expect before?

    Asked by 558cara48 to Claire, Devon, Dmitry, Heather, Krishma, Laura, Richard, Thomas, Tim.S on 22 Jan 2018. This question was also asked by 764cara48.
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      anon answered on 22 Jan 2018:

      I never expected to be talking to politicians about disease control policy – but 6 months after I joined the Wellcome Trust Centre for Epidemiology of Infectious Disease, I started working on BSE (=mad cow disease) and it was a political priority as well as an epidemiological one. Since then I have worked on various diseases and their control. Most recently, I met with Michael Gove MP and others to discuss bovine TB in cattle.

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      Dmitry Dereshev answered on 22 Jan 2018:

      I couldn’t imagine writing a book being a “small side project” for many scientists before I started my PhD. As a researcher you do write *a lot*. And you read *a lot* as well.

      Before I started to do research, I thought you’d spend most of your time in a lab, or out there doing fieldwork. It turned out, that about 2/3 of the experience is actually either reading about experiments others have done, or writing up your own research, so that other people could read it.