January so far has been an exciting month for plant science- here are three of my favourite plant stories that may have passed you by! Plant Tattoos: Scientists from Iowa State University have developed a new graphene-based, sensors on tape that can be attached to plants. This tool dubbed the "plant tattoo sensor" is a … Continue reading Whats new in the world of Plants?
A PhD takes time (3-4 years in fact, and even longer in the States!) but during our first year, we sometimes forget this! For me, when I look back, I realise that first year was the year of learning- understanding new techniques and concepts, getting a grip with the new lab equipment, and doing a … Continue reading Advice and Tips
Happy New Year everyone!! To kick off the new year here is a post about some uses of plants that you may not have known about... Phytoremediation: Phytoremediation is a fancy way of saying 'using plants to remove contamination'. There are many ways in which chemical and biological contaminants can get into the environment- causing contaminated … Continue reading Plants that do more
Merry Christmas everyone! In celebration of the upcoming Christmas celebrations here is a more Christmassy themed post- a few facts about our favourite christmas plants. 1.) Mistletoe. "Christmas time, Mistletoe and wine..." Mistletoe is a plant which has been written about in stories, poems and songs for hundreds of years, and now is synonymous with Christmas. It is a semi-parasitic … Continue reading Five Plants of Christmas
You may have heard of a technique now commonly being used in plant science: CRISPR/Cas9. But what is this? and why is it causing such a buzz in the science world? What is CRISPR/Cas9? CRISPR/Cas9 is a new(ish) tool used for targeted genome editing. This means that a specific change can be made to the … Continue reading The method that has plant scientists excited: CRISPR Cas9
Everyone has a different approach to their PhD: there are people who come in to do the PhD, and go home, and there are the ones who get involved in societies, outreach and science communication. Each to their own. But for me- being able to get involved in outreach and science communication is one of the … Continue reading There is more to the PhD than the PhD
Hi everyone and welcome to the first post in the new series: meet the scientist! Since starting my PhD and this Blog I have met many inspiring scientists- and I want to share their amazing research, and journeys from student to fully fledged scientist with you! In this series I hope I can show you the … Continue reading Meet the Scientist
I have debated about writing this post for some time now- partly because it is very personal, and partly because I have been worried that it could end up coming across as a 'pity' post- and I don't want to. This post will be about dating as a anxious PhD. Dating in general can be … Continue reading PhD looking for… someone
The world of the Science PhD student is shrouded in mystery. What sorts of things do we actually do? How do we spend our days? What experiments do we do? I shall offer you a bit of insight by showing you my typical day in the lab... at the moment! Currently I am doing more in my … Continue reading A day in the life: What do I actually do?
We all have days where we are feeling down, stressed or anxious. The problem is knowing when its not 'normal' anymore- the other problem is that when you notice its not normal its already a problem... For those of you reading this with anxiety/ depression... you will know what I mean by this. I will use … Continue reading Mental Health chat