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?
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?
Hello, and welcome to the first of my new blog series, which is going to be all about plant science. In this series I want to write about plant science- what plant scientists do, the basics of some of the experiments we carry out, and interesting things about plant science. In this post I will … Continue reading The Model plant
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
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