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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. […]

COMPLETED

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! IT IS OFFICIALLY DONE! I received an official email and an Academic Transcript this afternoon, so all that’s left to do is to graduate. Unfortunately all December 2020 graduation ceremonies have been cancelled due to COVID, so I guess I’ll have to see what I want to do… I […]

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 […]

Thesis results be like

A little over a month ago, I wrote a post about how I was very patiently (😂) waiting for the results of my Ph. D Thesis examination. I’ve written briefly about the submission and examination process before, but essentially I’d been waiting to hear back for almost four months at […]

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 […]

Summarising a Ph. D in an image

The Postgraduate Student Association for my research institute ran a competition recently. We had to communicate our research project by using one side of a post-it note. It could be a drawing, dot points… whatever you wanted- it just had to fit on a 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm piece […]

Waiting for results like

For some reason, whenever I complain about a situation to someone, the situation solves itself, and I’m left standing there going- great! 😂😅 Usually it’s something mundane, like- ‘My train’s delayed! It’s stuck on the platform and it won’t move!’ Literally 10 seconds later, it starts to move. It could […]

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 […]