Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Poll: Who would you choose as your PI?

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You always hear stories about people that have "the worst PI ever".
These stories almost always start with "the friend of a friend used to work in a lab where the PI..."

Many of these are exaggerations (and even funny in some cases), but in others, some PIs actually do the things you hear about.

I don't want you to get the impression that I think PIs are 'evil'; in fact, many (if not most) of them, are actually fantastic people. They are respectful, generous, honestly interested in your research, almost always available to discuss your results, etc. 

In any case, for this poll, I want you to think about the first class of PIs I mentioned.

If you were given the chance to enter one of the following labs, which one would you choose?

Who would you choose as your PI?

In case you don't know who some of these people are, here are some links.

Gregory House
Miranda Priestly
Simon Cowell
Charles Montgomery Burns
Eugene Krabs
Bill Lumbergh

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1 Comment:

Psi Wavefunction said...

Quite happy with mine at the moment, thanks though ;-)
It's quite harsh, having a good PI: you have nothing to contribute when people start ranting about their boss problems.

Also, I don't recognise a single name in that list. We definitely come from very different fields...

As for PI horror tales, I do have one from a friend about his previous lab at [prestigious Ivy League school (why of course)] – apparently the PI actually ended up forcing his students to sequence his sperm (they were studying something to do with vertebrate fertilisation or whatever). Literally. One day, a tube of the 'sample' (*ahem*) broke and got the 'sample' all over the machine. Awkward. Friend left the lab just before the fun started, though he didn't sound like he was joking or making up stories. I really wish he was...