My advisor is changing institutions, and I am at the end of my 4th year in a computational biology program and have passed through all my formal requirements. I have no publications due to the nature of my project.

What would it mean to change advisors at this point. I have been supported by my fellowship ever since I joined this lab (three years), but my funding will be over starting this upcoming academic year. Either my current advisor or advisor I switch to will have to support me with their funding.

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    How are we supposed to answer this question? Obviously we can't make a decision for you, and we know less about your particular situation than you do - so what do you want us to tell you that you don't already know? – ff524 Jul 15 '16 at 1:22
  • A more specific/suitable question would be: What a change of advisors would mean at this point of the phd? Is this related to what you want to know? – Fábio Dias Jul 15 '16 at 2:01
  • Is it worth it? is really up to you. Please clarify why you used your own fund up to now? Who is supporting you? Are you looking for funding at this time? – scaaahu Jul 15 '16 at 5:40
  • please see changes above – guest948576 Jul 15 '16 at 20:56

One important piece of information you give here is that you do not have any publications. I can't comment precisely about the field of computational biology, but in many fields (e.g. engineering, CS...) this will adversely affect your prospects for an academic position after you finish your PhD. I would say that you should make publishing a priority, and decide accordingly.

If you are close to getting results from your current project with your advisor, you could consider continuing. If the project is a true dead-end, you could consider making changes; but another option could be to finish as soon as possible and try to somehow find a post-doc position in a setting where you can be more productive.

  • Without publications it is rather difficult to find a post-doc without the word of your supervisor/professors. – Mikey Mike Jul 17 '16 at 20:11
  • @MikeyMike - true; hence, "somehow." – mbaytas Jul 18 '16 at 4:35

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