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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 […]

Never-ending story

One important aspect of scientific research is that no project is ever going to be ‘complete’. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. If you enjoy the feeling of closure, then it’s very unlikely that you’ll get it. It makes things very difficult for a researcher, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The clone woes

This piece is filled with cloning jargon! You have been warned! In a previous post, I explained my upcoming experiments in a bit of detail. Prepare for an update on how that’s all going! FYI highly recommend reading the previous post to make sense of this current one. I’m currently […]

Smoke and moths

So apparently the haze overnight got so bad that Melbourne had the most polluted air in the world! Hooray? I went for a short walk today to attend lab morning tea… I probably only walked 400 m total in the end, but by the time I got back, my throat […]

Moth succession

It’s come to that latter phase of my Ph. D where I’m training others to take on my lab duties… and these include maintaining the moths that I’ve previously posted about. It’s a relief, but also kind of sad… I’ll no longer be the Moth Overlord, sought after from across […]

Manuscript updates

On a much more personal note, I did end up hearing back about the manuscript- on Christmas Eve, in fact! I still need to catch up with my supervisor about the revisions and rebuttals (i.e. how to deal with all the comments/feedback we got), but it’s looking like it’ll require […]