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Video clip: Samira moved to another lab where she could demonstrate she was creating her own programme of work. This put her in a better position to apply for a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship.

What happened after that, I got very comfortable in the lab where I was. I was publishing well, I had a good relationship with, with my fellow scientists but I felt that if I wanted to progress to ultimately having my own lab I needed to take a risk which is to move to a different lab where I would be able to create my own projects and my own research programme. And that’s what I did. So I ended up going to a different lab and started my own project from scratch. And it was an element of risk. At the start things were hard because I wasn’t in a, in a very well equipped laboratory, but ultimately I think it was a risk that paid off because within a few months of, of moving labs I got my fellowship from the British Heart Foundation.

Why did you feel you’d be better off moving to a new lab and not staying where you were?

Because I think in order to start your own lab it is important to, to show that you can formulate your own projects and choose the direction that you want your research to go in.

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