Hi Chih-Yao,

Today is your last day at LCD. Before you leave, I would like to say something to you.

About a year ago, we had a skype interview across the Pacific Ocean. I asked you why you wanted to do research. You said “I enjoy reading papers, forming hypotheses, and testing them with my hands. It is satisfying to see my thoughts linked to experimental results. This is NOT something money can buy”. What you said reminds me of the good old days when I was an undergraduate student. Many of my classmates were like you. We enjoyed learning scientific topics, got excited about experimental results and discussed science for the sake of curiosity. In fact, more than half of us pursued scientists as our career. Of course, the situation has changed a lot in the past decade for sophisticated reasons both in Taiwan and worldwide. However, I hope you will keep this idealistic view toward science and toward other parts of your life. This is the treasure you have in your heart that will keep you moving closer toward a happy and rewarding life.

Not only an idealist, you are also a perfectionist. You like to make things better: the design of a slide, the color of a figure or even the tissue paper you used (your red/yellow tissue papers are classic). Quite often, it could be the desire that drives you to learn, to explore unknowns and to become better than before. However, I would also like to remind you that the desire to be perfect could be the double-edged sword. When you push it to the extreme, this could also stop you from moving forward.

Not only a scientist, you are also a great friend and colleague. You help junior people in the lab in as many ways as you can. You taught them how to use computer software, writing simple codes, designing experiments, analyzing data and culturing cells. The partnership between you and Patty is incredibly fascinating and fun! There were multiple times that when I left the lab late at night, you and Patty were sitting in the computational room discussing figures of the journal club papers. There were multiple times when three of us shouting crazily in the microscope room about the new discoveries we made (Patty usually would burst into tears). Those may appear to be trivial or even silly to other people, but those are the vivid memories I cherish the most. I am sure that you will continue to be a good friend and colleague to many others during your scientific journey.

Finally, I have a gift for you. I have no doubt that you will earn your Ph.D. degree in the next couple years. This book will prepare you ahead for the challenges after your Ph.D..

Thank you for being with us to create such beautiful memories together. Good luck with your future endeavor and I hope our scientific journey will cross again in the near future.



Gift from Chih-Yao~

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