I work alone on my own research project most of the time, but every week I meet with my adviser and the rest of the lab to talk about research. I work with other scientists and engineers (and students) to teach and do outreach activities though.. and I also work with my husband on research projects sometimes too!
My lab is big on teamwork, everyone helps everyone. If I am sick or have class, someone else in the lab will step in to help me with my project. However, I have to make sure they can read my handwriting and leave great instructions for them!
In my lab, we work in groups! Like everyone else in our group, I have a few projects that are my responsibility. But we work together on everything! We don’t write articles or give talks without lots of people weighing in and pointing out things we may have missed. It really makes the science much stronger.
Two brains are better than one! Teamwork is a big part of medicine and research for me. Sometimes I work on collecting data alone but then for the finished project or updates along the way its great to see what other people think. For special skills I don’t have like complicated math degrees it helps to work with others.