60 second interview with Jarol!
This week's interview is with Jarol Chen from OIST!
Welcome. What were you doing before you joined OIST?
I was a research assistant at the Batten disease research group in Christchurch in New Zealand. Batten disease is a neurodegenerative disease affecting young children.
What does your role at the OIST involve and what do you most enjoy about your role?
I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Luscombe lab, working on gene regulation in developmental biology. I enjoy this position because I’m curious about how genes are controlled.
What has it been like working at the OIST so far?
My teammates are all very friendly and helpful. They are all very interesting and smart. I especially enjoy the lunch adventure we have weekly to taste different kinds of food in Okinawa.
If you weren't in science, what would you be and why?
I always wanted to be an actress because I’m theatrical in nature. LOL
What hobbies do you have outside of work?
Painting and hiking.
If you could meet one person from history, who would it be and why? A Chinese female poet from Song dynasty, Li Qingzhao. She’s my favourite poet and she is a rare example representing success of women in Chinese history.
What's your favourite part of the world and why?
There are still many places I haven't explored so it's hard to say. I hope I can answer this question with confidence later on in my life.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
My PhD supervisor asked me: “Do you know a trick to make friends in a few minutes?”
I replied: “No, I’d like to know.”
He turned away and gave me a string of little men cut out from paper… Then said to me:” DIY.”
This is “the best” advice ever…