Courtesy of Shweta Sharma

When I had almost completed my doctorate, I looked for a postdoc position in a reputable US institution. After not much effort, I ended up at the University of California, San Diego. My intention was to enhance my skills and ensure career growth in science. This was in tune with Peter Medawar's book Advice to a Young Scientist: "The most important thing a young scientist can do is to pick the right postdoctoral environment."

After landing in the US, I was moved by the kindness of my mentor, Shimasaki Shunichi, professor of reproductive medicine. He helped me search for a dwelling place. I was amazed to find labmates who provided me help so that I could take care of my dental problems. They also helped in my initiation into the new lab culture. This was just the opposite of my unfounded fears about coming to...

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