Just me talking about science!
Hi! I’m Soph! I live in Southampton, UK. I am a sports enthusiast with a forever desire to be travelling and snapping cities when I’m not in the lab finishing up my PhD in stem cell biology! I am in the final few months of my PhD where my research is looking into understanding how metabolism and low oxygen keeps stem cells pluripotent with the future aim of having better stem cells to make heart cells, or liver cells, or skin cells for example out of for use in future medicine.
Welcome to my little corner of the internet where I share insights into life as a scientist and tips for surviving all stages of a PhD – all the things I wanted to know before starting my PhD journey. I also love to showcase different scientists and their stories, particularly women in STEM, to show to the world that being a scientist is not just one thing; an old man in a white coat spending forever hunched over a lab bench! My blog started out as a small creative outlet for me to experiment with my love of writing, but it has since turned into something much more exciting than I could have ever imagined and I absolutely LOVE IT!
Although I spend most of my time kitted out in my lab coat – which is not white but blue or yellow! – researching pluripotent stem cells, I am incredibly passionate about taking science out of the lab and to the people that matter – YOU!
I truly believe in the power of science to inspire, educate and entertain, and I follow the motto:
‘Science is not finished until it is communicated’
I’m incredibly passionate about teaching and inspiring people to get involved in science or at least understand a bit more about what they read in the media so you the public can make informed opinions of your own. I think that scientists often neglect the importance of engaging with the public and communicating their research clearly and concisely, so I would LOVE this blog to showcase science, scientists and to spread public awareness on stem cell research and much, much more!
2018 for me is all about finishing my PhD & becoming Dr Soph, planning my wedding to my best friend, making that transition from PhD student to full time science career, and upping my scicomm game on social media and my blog – starting with some actual scicomm events, internships and finding a photographer buddy to help me! I hope you will enjoy sharing this journey with me and watch me navigate this wonderful world as a scientist, STEMinist & science communicator – all delivered with a side helping of science!
If you’re interested in being featured in my blog, want to collaborate, there’s a topic you want me to tackle or just want to discuss science, sporty or travel related things, please just get in contact with me on social media or my email is firstname.lastname@example.org! I would love to hear from you.