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All them amino acids

Nothing like weighing 20 different amino acids for your bacteria to grow big and strong… #PhDLife #Science

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 […]

How did I become #PhDLife? (part 3)

This post talks about my journey through from third year undergrad to now. I’d gotten into a brand new award offered by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. I was just about to start working in a real research lab alongside actual scientists. Writing as a wet-lab based Bacteriology Ph. […]

Dexterity and bonus teeny lab equipment

Dexterity is definitely an important requirement when it comes to lab work. That being said, if you find your hands are shaking while pipetting, or everything is a bit fumbly… trust me, you’ll get better. Some people (including myself *humble brag*) had a natural knack for it, but even if […]

Choosing the right lab for you

“Which lab should I choose?” This is another common question I get from undergraduate students looking to go into Honours/Masters. Here’s what I usually end up telling them. Writing as a wet-lab based Bacteriology Ph. D student residing in Australia. Usually by the time students are choosing to study Honours […]


โ€œWeather looks great!โ€ she said, looking out from a window while going upstairs to get her bacterial strains, so that she can return to the depths of the lab and continue her indoor life. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜… #PhDLife Nothing profound… just a typical day.

How did I become #PhDLife? (part 1)

What made me decide to do a Ph. D, and how did I even get here in the first place? Writing as a wet-lab based Bacteriology Ph. D student residing in Australia. Without trying to sound too “impostor syndrome”, I never thought I would do postgraduate studies straight after undergrad. […]