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The immediate aftermath

So, a couple days ago, I found out that my Ph. D Thesis has been accepted. After waiting five months to find out the outcome of the examination process, it was a huge relief to know that: The examination process was over The Thesis was up to code (so to […]

Thesis results be like

A little over a month ago, I wrote a post about how I was very patiently (😂) waiting for the results of my Ph. D Thesis examination. I’ve written briefly about the submission and examination process before, but essentially I’d been waiting to hear back for almost four months at […]

More Illustrator fun

I decided to update my site logo. Here is the original … And now, behold! Basically it comes down to my Ph. D project being heavily involved in studying what Bacterial pathogens ‘eat’, and how they replicate inside otherwise hostile environments. While I don’t work on this anymore, it’ll always […]

Return to Lab Skills

What happens when- the first time you hold a micropipette- your hands are super shaky, and you just can’t seem to manipulate samples in an aseptic manner? Aseptic technique is really important when you work in a lab. It just means that you’re handling your samples in a way that […]

Summarising a Ph. D in an image

The Postgraduate Student Association for my research institute ran a competition recently. We had to communicate our research project by using one side of a post-it note. It could be a drawing, dot points… whatever you wanted- it just had to fit on a 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm piece […]

Waiting for results like

For some reason, whenever I complain about a situation to someone, the situation solves itself, and I’m left standing there going- great! 😂😅 Usually it’s something mundane, like- ‘My train’s delayed! It’s stuck on the platform and it won’t move!’ Literally 10 seconds later, it starts to move. It could […]

Always learning

Having spent so long within tertiary education (seriously, I started my Bachelor’s in 2011), I think it’s fair to say that I really enjoy learning new things. It can feel tedious sometimes, but I think at the core of it, I would never want to stop learning. I mentioned in […]

My roller coaster Ph. D project

I still remember sitting in my Ph. D supervisor’s office, way back in March 2016, being shown a figure depicting this peculiar Coxiella burnetii mutant. Usually in a bacterial growth curve, you see something like this. There’s an initial lag (I like to think the bacteria are just revving their […]

Tips for writing

Given that a lot of people are stuck at home with nothing else to do but to write their thesis/manuscript/Literature Reviews, here’s a short post on what I do to ensure I get some level of productivity in a day. 1.Have a rough plan/layout. It might sound a bit silly, […]