What is a typical working day like for you and how has this been affected by the current pandemic?
Normally I would go to the lab, talk to my team, help out with the microscope(s) during acquisition and analysis, prepare lectures, analyse data, and eventually write research papers. I also meet with other colleagues and go to formal meetings.
For me, and I assume for many others, the pandemic has been the perfect storm, as it coincided with me moving from Oxford to London (both the lab and myself). I still have two students and one postdoc still in Oxford. During this time, I have done a lot of admin work to start recruiting the new team, bought a new microscope, wrote risk assessments, and managed articles that are under review. I really hope that before the new year I can be full time in London with my small team trying to understand how SARS CoV-2 fuses with the host. But to be honest, I am being very selfish. For so many people the pandemic has been dramatic, so to have the luxury of starting a new lab and being around talented colleagues in the Department of Infectious diseases dealing with the science behind testing, and doing COVID-19 research under these conditions, is very impressive.