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A post for new Lab students

Hey there newbie. Yes you, with all your nerves, excitement, and enthusiasm. Welcome to the lab. Maybe you’ve already been introduced to everyone, but lets face it- you’ve already forgotten whose name was whose. So long as you still remember your supervisor’s name, that’s the main thing. Don’t worry- you’ll […]

National Science Week 2021

It’s National Science Week here in Australia, so I thought I’d do a little post to commemorate this. I’ve written a lot about my background as a scientist (please see the last little index post I did for more details and in-depth posts), so I’ll boil this little nugget down […]

Academia vs Industry

This is definitely one of those hotly debated topics amongst people on both sides of the spectrum. As one approaches the end of their studies (whether it be Bachelors, Masters, or Ph. D), one must face the inevitable existential crisis that arises from trying to figure out what to do […]

For those that are new…

Why hello there I thought I’d take this opportunity to re-introduce myself. First of all, welcome to my Blog, ‘A Bug’s Life’. I started this Blog two years ago while I was still doing my Ph. D in Bacteriology, with the intention of writing about what life was like as […]

Some valuable (life) advice?

Way, way back at the beginning of this blog- which isn’t that long ago, when I think about it- I wrote a piece about helping people choose the right lab. It was aimed for people who were set on going into the lab environment, who may have needed some advice […]

Do you need a LinkedIn profile?

On the rare occasions that people ask me directly for career advice, I get asked the above quite a bit. Maybe they’re undergraduate students that I’m teaching, or maybe it’s former lab members who are finishing up with their Ph. Ds? Either way, for people who are about to step […]

On a more positive note

Life is full of ups and downs. So naturally, if I write about the downsides of Academia and research, there’s also plenty of positives- it’s just that sometimes they’re a little more subtle and harder to find, or maybe it’s just easier to focus on the negatives. At the moment, […]

Toxicity

Looking back at it now, I know I was far too na├»ve. I guess I’d only worked casual jobs in hospitality up until that point, and my initial introduction to Academia and research was very positive. So, for some reason, I had this romanticised impression of what working in research […]