The DAC process proved incredibly helpful. I got very lucky with my selection of advisors, who all had great constructive suggestions about how to develop and apply my research. It was really an energizing experience, to get so much positive feedback from from real experts in each of the fields that the project touches. In addition to all the detailed pointers from various perspectives, the consistent message overall was: don’t wait to publish. Publish experiments on phantoms (inert objects designed to simulate tissue); don’t wait for animal data.
That’s exactly the kind of advice I was hoping to get.