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Why I didn’t do Med

I’ve written a whole series on my journey from a regional Victorian high school student to Ph. D student in my ‘How did I become #PhDLife?’ series of posts (see part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4). But most people who go into Biomedical Sciences have a dream […]

On this day…

There will be a longer post soon, but I had to have a chuckle when this popped up on my social media account. Ten years is a long time, and a lot can happen in it! I didn’t end up curing diseases, but I did get in to said degree. […]

Inspiring the next generation?

It’s Open Day season again for Universities. Normally I steer clear of the day, because I find crowds of people overwhelming. Even during my Ph. D, I’d try to schedule experiments around that weekend, just so I could avoid going in and getting caught up in it all. Obviously this […]

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 […]

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 […]