Can you communicate with your PI?

The trigger for writing this blog post is the following excellent PhD Comic -

There are many other Phd Comics similar to this one, usually showing how disconnected Prof. Jones is.

Clearly judging by the FB comments on this post there is a problem - (and I've selected only a very few):

When I'm talking  to PI's I usually get the totally opposite reactions - "I know what my students are doing", or "I maintain an open door policy, my students can approach me if they have a problem".

I'd like to get your views on this particular issue - it must reflect hold some truth in it - right?

I'm wondering -

  • How do you see the role of your PI in your research?
  • How involved should he be?  is he involved enough?
  • Do you share the problems you have in your research with your PI?

Comments (even anonymous are welcomed).


Jonathan Gross

Jonathan founded BioData out of his passion to integrate technology and science. In addition to founding the company, Jonathan is also the Chief Technologist of the company. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya and a Masters degree in Biotechnology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As a scientific researcher Jonathan worked on enhancing the nutritional value of plants through molecular engineering and plastid transformation. Jonathan is also one of the founders of The BioExecutive Forum, a non-profit organization founded by and for executives from the Israeli Biomed industry.