By Stephen Dewhurst, PhD, Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology, and Vice Dean for Research, University of Rochester
One of my least favorite things in life is to talk about myself – or worse yet to act like I have some special insight or wisdom that anyone would give two cents (or less) about. Its partly my upbringing – I’m English, and we just don’t go in for the self-promotional thing – and its partly my personality.
So when one of my colleagues asked to write about myself, I agreed only with considerable reluctance. She asked me to write about several things related to my career: What do I do all day? Why am I qualified to do what I do? What aspects do I love most about my job? I’ve decided to answer the last question, and let the others slide. If you don’t love your job, then your qualifications aren’t terribly important. So what is it that gets me out of bed in the morning?