It is one year since I started at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science. Time flies.
Being a PI has been challenging but I enjoy the ride. I appreciate the great support from the Institute.
Good things in science:
We have established a great team of good people in the lab.
Our Scientific Reports paper was published.
Our collaborative work bore fruit (in Cell Stem Cell, Nature Communications, and Nature Medicine).
I have reproduced what I did in the US, here in Japan (iPS cell culture, ddPCR, sib-selection, and etc.) This should not be special, but it was relieving to see things working as they used to do.
Some interesting findings that can lead to good stories.
I gave 20 talks and got to know many scientists.
Our three kids enjoy their school or daycare.
My wife is fully back to work after 5 years leave in the US.
Our financial condition is getting back on track (San Francisco was crazy expensive).
I found a gym near the Institute to play basketball for lunch break.
Challenges in 2017:
Draft paths to papers.
More team-building with new people.
I am pretty happy with where we are now after the first year, but still a lot of things have to be done.