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In addition, when I commenced my research career, I was convinced that excelling at research was enough but now I know that I must also be successful at networking, teaching, accounting, management and even marketing. All these responsibilities can be sometimes overwhelming. However, we get better with time, more skillful, we also learn to say no, and with good mentorship, we become wiser.

From a personal point of view, I believe it can be sometimes a challenge to have a balanced life, especially for young female researchers. It is important to teach our early career researchers how to have fulfilling lives (lives that include family, friends, hobbies and other activities that lead to well-being) without compromising research output.

This interview was conducted by Associate Editor Jung-Eun Lee.