Jean Fan Is A Fan Of Genes

reflections on science and academia


Hello world. We are here. And we will make ourselves be seen.

Visibility in academia is both a contributor to and outcome of scholarly reputation. I reflect on my experiences that demonstrate how the resources for enhancing our visibility cannot be assumed to have been made available for all who should be entitled to access them. I conclude that the onus is falling on our shoulders to create our own visibility. So I provide some alternative resources for doing so. (continue reading)


10 lessons from my first year as a tenure-track faculty

It has been approximately a year since I started my journey as a tenure-track assistant professor in an engineering/life sciences department at an R1 university in the United States...in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I just wanted to reflect on some of the things I've learned in case they may be useful for future students who embark on this same journey, or perhaps for me to look back on years later and cringe at how naive I used to be. (continue reading)