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?
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?
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
Where are all the plant scientists? This week I went on a mission- to find more plant science blogs to follow. Although science publications are great for communicating science to each other, it is nice to read about what others are doing in a less academic setting- via blogs. I follow a whole bunch … Continue reading Does plant science have a image problem?
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
Hi everyone, I am super excited to have been nominated for the versatile blogger award by Charlotte (A Flailing Biologist) 🙂 -Thank you so much! Charlotte is a soon to be PhD student at the university of Exeter who blogs about a range of subjects on her personal blog- including preparations for beginning her PhD, as … Continue reading The Versatile Blogger Award
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
In this post I am going to share with you a few things I have picked up over my time as a PhD to do with SciComm- hope it helps! Please feel free to comment with any of your own tips 🙂 I have become quite good at talking to the public about not just … Continue reading Tips for Science communication