Career advice: aspiring scientist interested cancer, cognition, and nutrition
I am currently a junior in college majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy. I am heavily involved in basic science research (neurodegenerative diseases) and have been published in peer-reviewed journals/presented many abstracts. Currently, I intend to go to medical school for an MD/PhD and am studying for the MCAT (medical college admission test) in preparation for next year's application cycle.
I am writing for advice on potential career options for someone who is interested in working at the intersection of neuroscience/cognition, nutrition, and cancer. In particular, my interests lie in how certain dietary changes/habits can enhance cognition and/or sensitize cancer to better, more efficient treatment modalities. Is there anyone who has/is currently working in this area? Is it possible to be productive in something that is so niche-specific?
As a follow up question, I have been working as an assistant in my current lab for 2 years (freshman/sophomore year) and have developed a strong relationship with my PI. She has written me countless letters for various scholarships/fellowships and will continue to do so as I progress in my career. That being said, my research interests have definitely changed over the course of my undergraduate career, and I am more interested in nutrition then I am Parkinson's/Alzheimer's. Would it be unethical to search for other labs this "deep" into college? I am currently working on a large project in the lab and am independent, so I would be leaving a lot behind.
Any advice and insight would be greatly appreciated!!