Writing as a scientist: a skill for life

In today’s intense research environment, scientists must become effective communicators in order to gain a competitive edge and to make a difference in their communities. Explaining science to the public is an essential skill for any scientist, whether it is to engage with the public  … Read more

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The Postdoc Lab Search: Becoming a Little Fish in a Big Pond

I grew up in New England about an hour outside of Boston. But an aversion to cold dreary winters and other life events led me to explore new parts of the country for my undergraduate and graduate work, eventually leading me to attend the University  … Read more

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Career Perspectives: Naresh Sunkara, CEO, Founder of Nosocom Solutions Inc

Please describe your current position. I am the founder and CEO of a startup, Nosocom Solutions Inc., through which we are developing new technologies to prevent healthcare associated infections (HAI). As you can imagine, I wear multiple hats at our startup. For the first two  … Read more

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Looking back: Advice to my younger self on how to make the most of PhD training

As the realization sets in that I am in the second half of my fourth year of graduate school and nearing the end of my PhD journey, I find myself reflecting on the lessons I’ve learned over my graduate studies. Though I have enjoyed my  … Read more

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Cell Biology in China: An Interview with Xuebiao Yao

The last decade in China has witnessed great momentum in the development of science and technology, including molecular and cell biology research. Key discoveries have been made in areas ranging from signaling and epigenetics to stem cells. Underlying the exciting milestones marked by scientists in  … Read more

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Career Perspectives: Meghan Mott, Chief of Staff, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at NIH

Please describe your current position. I serve as a representative for the NINDS Director, communicating policy, managing resources, and guiding the Institute’s scientific and administrative functions to accomplish its mission. In this role, I serve as the Director’s point of contact for a number of  … Read more

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Who should be training trainees on reproducibility and ethics?

A recent piece in Nature by Monya Baker, “Reproducibility: Seek out stronger science,” discussed the availability, or lack thereof, of training for junior researchers in reproducibility and ethics. Monya spoke with me while writing that article, asking if I knew what junior researchers were doing  … Read more

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Extending the olive branch: collaborating in science

Collaboration involves two or more researchers within an institution, or across different institutions, working in either the same or different disciplines but sharing a common goal. While collaborations have always been an intrinsic part of research, in recent years they have emerged as being an  … Read more

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Career Perspectives: Isaac Strong , high school biology teacher

  Please describe your current position. I am a high school Biology teacher at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, CA. I currently teach freshmen introductory material on Biology. I love teaching Biology, but what I love most is preparing our students to think  … Read more

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How Cell Biologists Work: Amy Gladfelter on the “random-skip,” using your intuition, and crossing things off

The cell biology field is full of creative people and just as many creative approaches to doing great science. As a graduate student and aspiring cell biologist, I have always been curious about how people approach the multifaceted career of running a research lab. Unfortunately,  … Read more

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