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Margherita Perillo

Margherita Perillo is a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University, where she studies germline stem cells in development using primarily the seastar as model system. Previously she was a postdoctoral fellow at Boston College where she studied nuclear positioning at the neuromuscular and myotendinous junctions. She earned her PhD from the Open University of London working at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Napoli, where she studied cell-type evolution. Email: margherita.peril@gmail.com; twitter: @Marghe_Perillo

Zak Swartz

Zak Swartz is a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where he is investigating diverse cell biological aspects of the oocyte-to-embryo transition and early development. He earned his PhD at Brown University, where he studied primordial germ cell development.

Three ways to improve the culture of lab-life balance

You’re exhausted from working long hours, but have you ever asked yourself how you spent your time? We live in a science culture where we feel like we are good students or postdocs only if we show everybody how hard we work. Right? Not really.  … Read more

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A window into a scientific career in Japan

Being a scientist is a special job. We can do our research everywhere in the world. This freedom means we can choose to work on potentially every continent—so why waste an opportunity to work abroad? The advantages are many. On a scientific level, working abroad  … Read more

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Let’s face lab bullying, part 3

Reporting the bully Most bullied trainees decide not to report the person who bullied them. As one postdoc says: “I am afraid that the department chair, provost, or HR would not be responsive.” Trainees who don’t report their abusive supervisors/lab mates are not cowards, they  … Read more

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Let’s face lab bullying, part 2

Many people think that harassment is a normal part of life in academia, because “it has always been this way.” How do you explain to a funding agency that you didn’t produce papers because you worked for a bully supervisor who decided not to publish  … Read more

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Bullying in science: let’s face the problem

The likelihood of a good scientist succeeding depends on infinite factors. At some point, we have all experienced the fact that being lucky is equally as important as being smart and passionate. Part of being lucky depends on human social interactions. One such example is  … Read more

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Three steps for scientists in the pursuit of happiness

It’s the beginning of a new year and a great time to set new life and career goals. Although we all have different goals in life, the number one goal for everybody should be the same: to be happy. It might sound trivial, but if  … Read more

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Establish an official postdoctoral association in five easy steps

Transitions to new career stages are always critical steps in one’s life. Whether you are moving on to be an undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc, it is always comforting to have a group of people you can identify with. Joining a postdoctoral association (PDA) at  … Read more

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Strengths and challenges of working with non-model organisms

There was a time when there was no such thing as a “model organism.” In the 19th century, Marine Institutes flourished all over the world and hosted labs where scientists could take advantage of the rich diversity of sea flora and fauna to explore how  … Read more

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You’re not alone: postdoctoral associations as a way to create a supportive network

The world “postdoc” simply means “after doctorate,” which does not define the job, but rather simply states that one got a PhD. For me, it is like being a frog in the tadpole with legs stage: I don’t look like a tadpole anymore, but I  … Read more

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