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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 […]

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 […]

Some reading material

Seeing as a lot of us are working from home, self-isolating, or getting bombarded with rather depressing news, I thought I’d compile a list of previous posts that might tickle your fancy. For those that want to think about a career in research: Want to know whether you’re cut out […]

No, not the beer

2020 has seriously been a weird year so far! First it’s been bushfires, and now it’s this weird, novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)… Aside from political issues, the world is seriously falling apart (*coughs ‘also climate change’*)! The institute I work at has recently been featured heavily on the news, as one […]

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 […]

The stuff of nightmares

Part of my Ph. D involves growing up wax moth larvae (Galleria mellonella) to infect them with bacteria. Every time I grow these guys up and sort through them for infections, I just see things wiggling everywhere. I close my eyes, I can see larvae wiggling. I eat dinner, I […]