Perspectives on teamwork for technology transfer job candidates

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In a research laboratory setting, it is typical for each trainee to work independently on his or her own projects and only convene as a lab for occasional discussions, meetings or data presentations. My experience was no different. During my PhD training and postdoctoral work, I had my assigned projects that fit into a bigger picture and a set of experiments that I carry out independently. I maintained my tissue cultures for my own experiments, made the necessary Drosophila genetic crosses, purified DNA samples, and analyzed the resulting data on my own. I would share reagents or equipment with my lab mates or participate in occasional collaborative work but I was mostly independent and in control of my projects. I suspect that most graduate students and postdocs have similar experience with some exceptions.