An inspiring academic
Chris Huang is an inspiration for medical students and doctors wishing to pursue an academic career. His fascination with science began before he started medical school and developed as he trained. He is professor of cell physiology at the department of biochemistry at Cambridge University. Victoria Nowak caught up with him
It was scientific curiosity and an interest in human biological problems. As my research developed, my interests broadened to the translation of such work to solve problems in clinical medicine.
Firstly, choose a medical rather than a purely scientific course, but one with a strong scientific emphasis. Entry to medical courses is competitive, but you will then be surrounded by bright fellow students and gain insight into the important problems facing clinical medicine. Secondly, do an intercalated bachelor of science degree. This will give you the intellectual platform to drive an academic career and teach you the requisite scientific method. Thirdly, make sure you complete your medical degree and foundation years to get a solid clinical understanding, which you will need as a biomedical scientist. Finally, when you get to do your research (often doctorate) degree, it is not possible to overemphasise the importance of picking your supervisor carefully. He