When I was just finishing my undergraduate career and applying to graduate schools, a professor told me, “Kevin, when you are in graduate school, you need to branch out your knowledge. You need to learn something new. Never in your life are you going to be paid to figure out what you want to study.” I really held onto these words.
So what attracted me to blood clotting was that I knew nothing about it. I have never studied anything like it. It was completely different to me and I like to be constantly challenged. I am always looking to meet new people and get fresh ideas, so I decided to try something new and I liked it. I have a different thinking process than people who study blood clotting because I studied bacteria for years. So it helps me bring something to the lab. Also I have had entirely different training, which helps me be different.
If you would have asked me a year ago what I would study in graduate school, I would not have even suggested blood clotting.