The importance of mentorship: how to make the most of who you know

Right after handing in my doctoral thesis I had the great opportunity to intern with Cancer Research UK, which is one of the most active science funding bodies in Europe and one of the most interesting places to work that I have ever come across.  … Read more

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The India March for Science

Four months after the global March for Science was organized in many cities of the world, India observed its own March for Science on August 9, 2017. Marking the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, the India March for Science called for superstitions, divisive  … Read more

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How Cell Biologists Work: Derek Applewhite on introducing undergraduates to the wonders of microscopy

Derek Applewhite is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. Applewhite’s lab studies the mechanisms of cytoskeleton regulation that are critical for cell shape change and cell movements. The Applewhite lab uses Drosophila (fruit fly) and Drosophila cells (S2 cells and  … Read more

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Four ways trainees can use leadership as self-care

What does your go-to example of a leader look like? Is it the president of your university? A camp counselor who took your group on an overnight hike? It might be easy to think of someone in a position that may seem unattainable to you  … Read more

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What’s it all about? CRISPR/Cas

Science changes over time. The collective knowledge of a field builds upon itself as new techniques allow us to ask new questions and find new answers. Sometimes as trainees we become ultra-focused on our current experiments and projects, missing these shifts in standards. Have you noticed  … Read more

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Medical Science Liaison: a career option for PhDs

In the past, earning a PhD degree would typically lead to an academic position at a research institute or university. However, PhDs do not necessarily have to choose the path of academia and research. It’s high time that PhDs are provided with information about various  … Read more

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Five ways to make the most of your conference experience

Attending conferences is one of the most important parts of being a scientist. You get to connect with other researchers from all over the world and share your work with them, gaining precious feedback and hopefully returning home full of new ideas. It’s a chance  … Read more

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What happens when your lab decides to switch institutions?

Throughout my training, I’ve seen many labs leave my institution and many labs arrive, and I always thought, “I’m glad it isn’t happening to me” …until one day, it did. Toward the end of my second year as a postdoc at the NIH, my advisor  … Read more

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Four guideposts for navigating difficult conversations with your PI

No matter how well you get along with your mentor, there will likely come a time when you have to discuss something that is difficult to bring up. It could be anything from concerns about your progress and mentorship or asking for time off (especially  … Read more

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The road to equality: the successes and the needs of LGBTQ+ biomedical scientists

Some Progress Has Been Made Around the world and the United States, June is known as Pride Month. While media outlets tend to focus on the celebrations in different cities, Pride Month is in fact a reminder of the fight for equality. Sexual orientation and  … Read more

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