"In the US, people don’t leave the country. They may leave the state, but they never have the sense of what it’s like in another place," said Brad Heater, the American who chose to study his doctorate degree in Hong Kong seven years ago.
It was all because of an unexpected invitation from his supervisor, Professor Michael Chan who was offered a position as director of the School of Life Sciences back in 2012. The young scientist decided to transfer with Professor Chan to CUHK a year after and continued on his doctoral project on developing a novel enzyme immobilisation method to place target enzymes to the self-crystallising protein Cry3Aa and produce enzyme crystals in bacteria cells. Looking back on his doctoral journey, there was time that disappointed him but he realised the failures and bruisings were marks of courage and maturity. He learnt from mistakes to improve the next experiment design; when those knotty problems finally got solved after months of effort, the feeling is such special that it keeps carrying him forward in his road of scientific research.