3 Transautophagy labs, 3 autophagy topics, 3 cultures and 3 languages
– A multidisciplinary and multicultural research experience on autophagy
Dr. Fengjuan Wang
I grew up in Yichang, a medium-size and beautiful city in China, and I dreamed of travelling around the world, speaking many languages and making an impact to the world, like many of my friends back then. In 2008, when the first edition of the guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy in higher eukaryotes was published, I was 21 years old, I moved to Ireland to pursuit my PhD degree and I was introduced to autophagy and European cultures. From then on, my life has always been about exploring autophagy in various scientific contexts and adapting myself in different European cultures.
In these three labs, all members of Transautophagy, I have been involved in research which have had made significant impact on understanding the role of autophagy in disease, leading to the possibility of targeting autophagy for novel therapies. Meanwhile, the experiences in the three labs have made notable impact on myself as well. I have been exposed to highly multidisciplinary research subjects, where I have been trained to work with people from various backgrounds and grasp rapidly a new topic. Moreover I have been exposed to multicultural environment, where I have learnt to be open and be adaptable, and where I have learnt to speak English, Spanish and French fluently. I sincerely thank the three Transautophagy labs and autophagy research, which have helped me grow and made me closer to realizing my childhood dream.