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
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
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
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about stable plant transformation, which is used for the long-term research of genes, and for long-term production of a trait/compound. This post is going to focus on another plant transformation technique: Transient transformation. What is transient transformation? Transient transformation is a mechanism to introduce or silence genes temporarily … Continue reading What is Plant transformation? Part 2: Transient transformation
Last week I was talking to a masters student who is thinking about doing a PhD- but who really isn't sure yet. I wanted to write a post that might help those of you who are thinking about going on to study a PhD in the future- this is based on my experience- I hope … Continue reading Is a PhD for me?
From the 21st to the 29th October Norwich holds the Norwich Science Festival. During these two weeks, activities, talks, and stands are run for all members of the public from kids to Grandparents. It is an opportunity for scientists to take their work out of the lab and show to the public, to initiate debate … Continue reading SciComm conference
You may have heard plant scientists saying they used "plant transformation" to express a gene within a target plant. But what exactly does this mean? What is plant transformation? Plant transformation is a way to insert DNA from another organism- normally another plant, into the genome of a plant of interest. For example, in my work I … Continue reading What is plant transformation?
Mental health awareness day was this week: It's a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma, so it felt right to do another post about mental health. Why is mental health awareness so important? This year an article was published in Science showing that up to 1/3 of PhD students will … Continue reading Signs