The way that science is taught in school is not comparable to science as a career – there is no clear division between the main sciences. We aim to understand how things work at a basic level and then apply this knowledge to help solve problems. For example, understanding how antibiotic resistance occurs and using this information to come up with alternate treatments for infectious disease. Such research has the potential to impact all NZ industries. Every individual will have a different approach for how to solve a problem – which is why it is important to have diverse research teams!