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First, let me give a very brief introduction of my academic experience. I earned my PhD in Biochemistry at Louisiana State University (LSU). As a PhD candidate at LSU, along with my research project, I had to balance graduate course-work with teaching undergraduate courses. Currently, I am working as a postdoc at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. I have been exposed to both worlds, the strict academic world at LSU and a more technical and professional ambiance at NIH. For any fresh graduate student starting his/her PhD and desiring to pursue a career in academia, I would advise knowing the challenge that lies before you. The academic world means being involved in basic research, so you have to be really dedicated towards research to go in this direction. Doing research is not just a 9-5 job. There are no fixed timetables, no ...