Hi everyone, Since starting up on instagram I have had quite a few questions about my project- and about why I am working with human cells when I am a plant biologist! So, in this weeks post I am going to talk to you a bit more about my PhD research. In one sentence: my … Continue reading Tomatoes, Resveratrol and Humans
Hello everyone and welcome to the latest "Meet the scientist"! In this series I wanted to show you the range of research being undertaken by PhD students across the country- and shine a light on the secret world of the PhD student. The scientists showcased in this series are all amazing scientists and role models, … Continue reading Meet The Scientist
February 1st is Time to Talk Day. This is a day that aims at bringing us all together and talking about mental health problems- and breaking the silence. Mental health problems can affect anyone, for a whole host of reasons. And yet, there is still a stigma surrounding openly talking about mental health. This, thankfully, … Continue reading #TimeToTalk
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
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
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?