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Academia vs Industry

This is definitely one of those hotly debated topics amongst people on both sides of the spectrum. As one approaches the end of their studies (whether it be Bachelors, Masters, or Ph. D), one must face the inevitable existential crisis that arises from trying to figure out what to do […]

For those that are new…

Why hello there I thought I’d take this opportunity to re-introduce myself. First of all, welcome to my Blog, ‘A Bug’s Life’. I started this Blog two years ago while I was still doing my Ph. D in Bacteriology, with the intention of writing about what life was like as […]

Plant baby hands

I have a Ginkgo tree out the back that I’ve had since… possibly 2012-2013. Every autumn, the leaves turn a golden colour, and then they drop. During winter, the tree kinda looks… dead. And I nervously wait for spring in the hopes that I haven’t actually killed the plant. And […]

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 […]

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, […]

Post-Ph. D hobbies part 4

With this ‘stay at home’ period being extended for the foreseeable future, I’ve been doing all sorts of things to pass the time. My last post was my first foray into a proper cooking blog post, but I’m not rich enough to be cooking all day every day (also I’d […]