“I certainly would stay in research forever, that’s my passion. I basically need what all of us need: funding, a more stable situation with better job security, potentially even a permanent position!”
Dr Carolina Gubert is a postdoctoral fellow and Research Officer at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia.
Carolina completed her PhD in the graduate program Biological Science: Biochemistry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in early 2018. At the same Institution, she completed her Master’s degree in 2014 and her Biomedicine bachelor degree (Honours) in 2012. Her work has shed light in the biological underpinnings of psychiatric and neurological disorders. Her PhD focused on a purinergic receptor as a new hope of treatment for psychiatric disorders.
Currently, Dr Gubert is interested in the gene-environment interactions and the microbiota-gut-brain axis in brain disorders, including Huntington’s Disease and Schizophrenia.
What do you believe are the greatest attributes of a successful leader?
In academia, the greatest attribute of a successful leader is emotional intelligence. To lead a lab and a team, you should understand and care about the people who are working with you, to be sure everyone is coping well with the inner challenges and frustrations that our field imposes. Also, keeping a positive environment and motivation high.
If you have done a PhD – what are your transferable skills? How did you identify them?
My main transferable skill is connecting with people. I had three supervisors with different backgrounds (and strong personalities). I grew a lot with this experience, improving my current networking and collaborative skills.
Do you have a strategic 5‐year plan or do you just ‘go with the flow’?
I certainly have a 5-year plan, actually, I always had. It has been working so far. This helps to guide my decisions, my research line focus, my grants and fellowship applications, networking and collaborative strategies and even my students’ recruitment.
Would you stay in research forever if you could? What do you need to make that happen?
I certainly would stay in research forever, that’s my passion. I basically need what all of us need: funding, a more stable situation with better job security, potentially even a permanent position!
What is your ideal holiday – and do you work on your holiday?
My ideal holiday is exactly the “not working one”. All of us need high-quality off-time to be able to recharge and go back to work with even better productivity. That’s my secret.
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