My Way of science
I started my scientific career as a high school student in the laboratory of Tamas Freund, in the Institute of Experimental Medicine in Budapest, Hungary, under the guidance and mentorship of Gabor Nyiri. I learned there the disciples of designing, conducting and objectively evaluating scientific experiments. I learned a lot from my failures and I was trying to improve based on them. I am fortunate enough to have been the part of such a community, bound together by common goals and effort. Our cooperation is continuous for more than a decade now.
Now I think more, than ever that the community is the most important factor of doing science with pleasure and effectiveness. Helping each other with the experiments, sharing ideas, asking for and receiving feedback belongs to the everyday life in the lab. Teaching junior students requires strong dedication and a feeling of responsibility, but at the same time, it is an exceptionally rewarding experience. Working in a research institute comes with the unique possibility to meet and talk to renowned experts of their fields. Beyond extending my professional knowledge, these occasions have frequently set an example of how to cope with scientific, personal or group-level issues. Finally, the neuroscience community have always been open to share ideas, comments or feedback and to start valuable scientific collaborations. A good example of the latter is the collaborative project I am working on currently with the groups of Andreas Lüthi in Basel, Switzerland and Zoltan Nusser in Budapest, Hungary.
I earned my PhD degree recently and I still have to learn a lot; probably more, than ever. My main purpose as an early career postdoctoral researcher is to start building my own vision as an independent scientist. This includes improving in the development and conducting of scientific projects, learning a new spectrum of methodologies and playing an active role in my communities.