The Great British Bake Off is a TV staple for most of us Brits – and further afield now it is on Netflix! But I often find myself in the lab following a protocol and comparing it to following your favourite recipe. There seems to be a load of similarities between following a recipe and […]Read More Guest blog: Spot the Difference – Bake Off vs Medicinal Chemistry
Mental health is an ever growing concern with PhD students and the increasing demands on them. Thankfully more and more grad students are opening up about their mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and tackling them, but today I just wanted to talk about PhD guilt. Looking back over my four years in […]Read More Is the PhD journey just one long guilt trip?
Okay… spoiler alert! WE ARE ALL GETTING OLDER! Alright, I guess we all knew that no matter how much we are trying to avoid it. In our ongoing quest to look more youthful with all our anti-wrinkle creams and hair dyes to cover up those grey hairs, have you ever wondered why we age in […]Read More Why do we age?
I have kissed goodbye to those long days in the lab as a PhD student, which at the moment I am SO grateful about! Why? Well, I’m not gunna lie but those last few weeks, months perhaps, were tough! I worked my ass off to finish everything up in time for me to leave the […]Read More A day in the life of a PhD student. The Final Year edition.
Lab life & grad school have got a bad rep! Now, I’m by no means belittling the daily struggles a grad student, postdoc or any researcher might face. Trust me, it’s tough! Pursuing a postgraduate degree in the life sciences is seriously draining physically, mentally, and emotionally. Hey, if getting a PhD and a career […]Read More 10 reasons why lab life is actually awesome!
One of my biggest fears is losing my memory. Not being able to remember adventures, experiences, feelings and moments; even faces! It just terrifies me. I think it must be one of the reasons why I am obsessed with taking photos and capturing moments in one frame forever! I’ve taken my digital camera with me […]Read More Why can’t you remember being a baby?
It’s 2018! I’m sure each and everyone of you is very aware of that but that means one thing for me! I finish my PhD this year! . I still don’t think that it has sunk in that I am a final year PhD student and I’ve been working on my project for 3 and […]Read More A PhD update: 8 months to go
Doing a PhD is tough! Embarking on a journey that is going to consume the next three or four years of your life at least can be daunting. With only the finishing line as any sort of measurement of how you’re doing & because a PhD largely involves self directed learning – self management is […]Read More PhDLife. Staying Organised & Learning to Juggle.
Marvel superheroes and their superpowers have brought me a lot of joy over the past few years. Not only am I often queuing for cinema tickets on the day of release to see the next installment in the Marvel Universe, but Marvel superheroes have often helped me in my missions to bring my science research […]Read More Is THOR the answer to curing cancer?
Just like Santa and his Elves are rushing around to get all the presents ready, it’s the final week of lab work before Christmas and grad students round the world are also rushing around trying to finish off experiments and writing goals before the festive break! The organised amongst you are probably already winding down, […]Read More Wrapping up in the lab before Christmas