Tommy Tong (PhD, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona, Spain.
“I had the opportunity to take challenging courses in addition to the ones that are required from our own department. We got to learn subjects ranging from cell biology to material science. It was rewarding to learn from professors who are the experts in their fields. The most important experience that I had was the interaction with my cohort. We met on a regular basis to discuss science and also our personal lives. We basically grew together during those years. In journal club, we would teach each other about our research fields and also help each other in many other ways. Through INBT, I had professional development training. We were exposed to useful workshops such as grant writing, job searching skills etc. Speakers were invited to share their achievements with us. Moreover, there are many gatherings that INBT hosted that also invited people from industry, which gave us a perspective that was different from the academic setting. They were not only sharing their experiences, but also serving as contacts for future job searches. It was a really wonderful experience that I had with INBT. Not only was it academically challenging but interesting. And the personal interaction with the INBT staff members was great. They are doing an awesome job!