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
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?
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?
Experiments not working? Data not repeatable? Never fear, follow these simple guidelines to ensure experimental success: 1.) PCR PCR is a fickle thing, one day it will work beautifully the next when you need to rerun the exact same experiment.. nothing happens. Why? A quick pray to the PCR gods should help your PCR work … Continue reading 10 tips for the superstitious scientist
I love conferences- I have always enjoyed learning and listening about new science, so to be able to have a few days devoted to science and hearing about the science happening in other labs across the world is amazing. Conferences are a really important part of PhD life- as they get you networking, and talking about your … Continue reading Conference Life
At the beginning of my second year I wrote the post "11 things every new PhD student should know" for the John Innes centre student voice blog. Now, as I get ready to enter my final year I wanted to update my tips! 1.) Don't be afraid to ask questions- and ask for help I have … Continue reading 15 things all PhDs should know
This week me and my summer student got some interesting data. Her first thoughts were 'oh no, what have I done wrong'- when I asked her about this I found that in her undergrad most of the experiments they do are designed to give perfect data all the time. If your data comes out bad- … Continue reading The Good the Bad and the Ugly: experiment addition
Anxiety ebbs and flows. One week you can feel super chilled, and the next feel on the edge all of the time. This week I am on the edge. So, what makes this week so different? I have a very lovely summer student, who is helping me do a few experiments. We had decided that … Continue reading The Anxiety fights back
Many of us doing a Science PhD will now be enrolled on four year courses, and as part of these courses you get the chance to do a 3 month internship. Two of the most common PhDs formats in science are: Doctoral training partnership (DTP) PhDs: In this set-up you get the chance to do a three month … Continue reading The Internship