I am an evolutionary biologist at my core. So I don’t see myself as trying to create, for example, some applied solutions for things in agriculture. Perhaps people will use my research to do so, but that’s not why I am doing it.
I feel my research is tackling very fundamental evolutionary biology. We’re always talking about selection and linkage and about dominance, and how these all somehow affect evolution. But it’s hard to disentangle.
Joining Sanger has given me the opportunity to recruit a team of scientists to attempt this. The team is new, and I am looking forward to seeing how we all work together. I quite appreciate people being different. Some people act like diversity is just a buzzword, and I dislike that. Why would I hire somebody who is thinking the exact same thing as me, what do I gain?
I’m also a very frank person. I grew up in the Czech Republic - we don’t ask how are you unless we expect to hear an answer. But I’m a very goofy person. That maybe sounds a bit weird, but it kind of works for me. I’m mildly terrified to manage a team with this attitude, but I’m really excited about it too!