• Question: Have collaborations played a significant part in your research?

    Asked by fear499had on 29 Apr 2024.
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      Zoe Vance answered on 29 Apr 2024:

      It’s varied a bit across my career so far, some kinds of research need collaborators more than others. I’ve always worked entirely in computational bio, but during my PhD I mainly worked on my own with publicly available data so the only reason to bring other people into it was for discussing ideas or if I was having difficulty (both still very good reasons!). Now I work in viruses it can be a lot more necessary to have collaborators who are doing the genetic sequencing of viruses, or who are local to an outbreak and can get data out quickly, or generate specific types of data. Being on the computational end of things means I can be quite reliant on others who actually work on the bench to create data for me if nothing suitable exists in public data. I think collaboration is a good thing in general though, more diversity of thought is always helpful in research provided it’s a fair and balanced collaboration.

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      Alan Koh answered on 30 Apr 2024:

      Of course and definitely they do! It allows my research to progress further and better.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 9 May 2024: last edited 9 May 2024 3:52 pm

      Definitely! Our knowledge is expanding so fast that it’s almost impossible for one person to be able to know and do everything they need to complete a piece of research. I think collaboration is very important in science and medicine; it helps us learn and understand more, faster, and better. The traditional view of academia is that it’s very competitive, but I strongly support the movements that are trying to make it more open, cooperative, and accessible to everyone.