Specialization in Biophotonics, can less be better?
An increasing number of scientific discoveries occur at the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. In an attempt to overcome these barriers, more academic departments are turning to interdisciplinary collaborations to advance the frontiers of science. However, many of these collaborative efforts do not break from the traditional discipline-specific approach propagated through education. Research conducted under the umbrella of biophotonics usually involves the intersection of two or more distinct academic disciplines. Therefore, it is important to consider how trainees in this field should be educated to best prepare for careers in biophotonics.
In a world were scientific discoveries are at the boundaries of academic disciplines, we must ask: is discipline specialization still the best means to prepare future leaders in biophotonics? What do you think?