“For me the exciting part of science is about making connections between ideas and observations. I still remember this one experiment I did as a PhD student. I had to present my work to colleagues on the next day, and while I had an idea of what I wanted to study for my PhD, I didn’t really have any exciting results. I was scared to death that if I cannot support my ideas with evidence, I would have to work on the ideas of others. Luckily, the results of a final experiment to test my idea, that I had set up in the evening before the day of presentation were exactly as I expected. It was mind-blowing - my idea of how cell commits suicide makes sense!"