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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 […]

ALL THE PLATES

Bacteria need food too, just like we do. Some bacteria don’t require much. Give them your basic, bare minimum foods (carbs, proteins/amino acids, salts, etc) and they’ll grow happily. Most bacteria we use in the lab like growing at 37 degrees (our average body temp) under normal atmospheric conditions… And […]

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 […]

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 proceed to […]