My research in a foreign country, from China to USA

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My research in a foreign country, from China to USA

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My scientific career could be tracked back to my college, when having my Plant Physiology classes, I told myself, "That's cool, I'm going to have it as my life career".
 
After the 4-year college, I actually started my Plant Physiology and Biochemistry science life by going to the graduate school. When getting close to finish my PhD, I realized that to be a good scientist, one got to go abroad and see how science is going on outside China, personally, not just by reading.
 
The following years, I worked in different labs, got trained on various subjects of plant science, such as genetics, plant molecular biology, plant cell biology, etc.. I am now a research associate working as a biochemist, focusing on protein-protein interaction and protein topology of cell-division machinery.

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qinglongyanyuedao,

qinglongyanyuedao,
 
Where in China did you grow up?  What was it like when you first arrived in the US?  A giant culture shock or an easy transition?

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Well, I grow up in a small village in mid-China, yes, I am a farm boy, and that’s the reason that I am now in plant biology.
When first arrived in USA, at Knoxville, Tennessee, it’s not kind of city that most Chinese imagine, more like a small town, peaceful and quiet, and not crowded, just like most America cities, while most Chinese cities have huge populations and are very busy.
Probably I am just the kind of most easy-going, open-minded person, I did not feel any culture shock at all.

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thats good,

thats good,
In india its like almost china, huge population in city area and busy life. Its nice that you didnt got cultural difference, otherwise if many people change their workplace or city in same country than they face problem.
but for me it difficult to remamber name and face of people from china, once a team of scientist came to our college, and my professor introduce one person whose name is chung (i dont know proper spel even - sorry), and after some time my professor told me to call him in comferance room but i face difficulty while calling and identification!  its funny, but was difficult situation for me.
 

qiang wang
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Yes, it's always the hardest

Yes, it's always the hardest part to remember a foreigner's name. So many times I will ask people to write down their names on a piece of post-it, then I will be able to check back when not sure.

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Kvachhani

Kvachhani
How about your research in India?
 
 
Kvachhani wrote:

thats good,
In india its like almost china, huge population in city area and busy life. Its nice that you didnt got cultural difference, otherwise if many people change their workplace or city in same country than they face problem.
but for me it difficult to remamber name and face of people from china, once a team of scientist came to our college, and my professor introduce one person whose name is chung (i dont know proper spel even - sorry), and after some time my professor told me to call him in comferance room but i face difficulty while calling and identification!  its funny, but was difficult situation for me.
 
R Bishop
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qinglongyanyuedao,

qinglongyanyuedao,
How did you land in Tennessee?  Was it calculated to work in particular plant biology lab?
 

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I started as a NSF post-doc

I started as a NSF post-doc fellow at University Tennessee, working on cynobacteria, model procaryote system for photosynthesis study, so, to answer your question, it is about plant biology