How to Succeed in Science: A Concise Guide for Young Biomedical Scientists. Part I: Taking the Plunge

Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2008 May;9(5):413-6. doi: 10.1038/nrm2389.


Biomedical research has never been more intellectually exciting or practically important to society. Ironically, pursuing a career as a biomedical scientist has never been more difficult. Here I provide unvarnished advice for young biomedical scientists on the difficulties that lie ahead and on how to find the right laboratories for training in the skills that you will need to succeed. Although my advice is geared towards succeeding in the United States, many aspects apply to other countries.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research* / economics
  • Biomedical Research* / education
  • Career Choice*
  • Education, Graduate*
  • Financing, Government
  • Humans
  • Research Personnel* / economics
  • Research Personnel* / education
  • Research Personnel* / psychology
  • Research Support as Topic
  • Science* / economics
  • Science* / education
  • Universities
  • Workforce