This interview is part of a series of conversations with the people working at Mimetas. The 'I' in Mimetas focuses on the personal side of the scientists that drive our world. Today we sit down with Chiwan Chiang, Field Application Specialist at Mimetas.
How did you get involved in science?
Biology has always been my main interest from a very young age. My favorite subject in high school was Biology, so when I finished high school, I checked all biology bachelors and ended up doing Laboratory Sciences. After my bachelor's, I didn’t want to start my professional life yet. I was still quite young and wanted to learn more and liked the idea of doing research independently, so I enrolled in a master’s program Biomedical Sciences. After my master's, I was very delighted to get the opportunity to proceed with my career in science as a scientist at Mimetas.
What is so interesting about doing research?
Biology is very complex. Humans, animals, plants: the complexity of life is intriguing to me. More specifically, the functioning of the human body had my main interest. The idea that a tiny mutation in a single gene could have such a profound (sometimes disastrous) impact – it’s just mind-blowing.
If you could send a message to yourself 10 years ago, what would you tell the younger you?
I was an earnest student. Studying was my main focus, trying to do the courses as best I could. I have no regrets career-wise, but I would tell my younger version to enjoy that student-phase more. Though I did enjoy student life, I feel like I could have enjoyed it even more. You will never get such a time back.
Do you have any hobbies?
You could say that food is my hobby. Since I grew up eating great food, I now love to cook. I also like doing yoga. Actually, cooking and yoga have the same effect on me: it’s just a moment to yourself on a busy day. It gives me the time and place to reflect.
What is your favorite quote, song or belief, anything that you live by?
A Dutch phrase which roughly translates as: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” When I was young, this was an important mindset for me. It makes me tend to think positively, making me happier in the process. It’s a positive feedback loop!