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ABugsLife

A Ph. D graduate in Microbiology, residing in Victoria, Australia. Currently working in multiple locations but still in the STEM field. 👀 🦠 🧫 🧬

With friends like these…

It’s time for my first official appreciation post. With such a grim (and pretty accurate) picture painted in the comic, it’s absolutely critical to make sure you have a good support network around you when you’re doing your Ph. D or are working in the academic field. Whether it be […]

*REFRESH*

Patience is a virtue… and it’s something I’m not good at- especially when it’s about something that’s out of my hands. I currently have a manuscript undergoing revisions at a scientific journal, and I find myself refreshing the progress page quite frequently. I’m hoping it’ll get accepted soon, but I […]

New desk additions

Everyone needs hobbies, and it’s especially important to maintain them throughout your Ph. D. Last thing you want is for your entire world to just be research. I don’t know about you, but that would make me go insane. One of my hobbies is gardening, and as I slowly transition […]

Infection day…

Just another round of moth infections… I’ve had to separate them into individual wells after infection, because I discovered during the early days that they will cannibalise each other when hungry. 😱 Today I’m just infecting then with different strains of my bacteria. Some are mutants, and don’t make a […]

A short interlude

One of the cool things about my research institute is that there is a biennial graduate student retreat, run by the postgraduate student committee. While we’re also listening to talks from fellow students, it’s also a nice chance to network and have a break from the lab. Also a great […]

Lab Hierarchy

If asked, I will say I “work” in a lab, even though I’m just a student. I’m “studying”, but I do experiments and try to publish papers. It’s like an apprenticeship. You’re still a wee baby, but you’re also working at the same time. But, while I’m not actually employed […]