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A post for new Lab students

Hey there newbie. Yes you, with all your nerves, excitement, and enthusiasm. Welcome to the lab. Maybe you’ve already been introduced to everyone, but lets face it- you’ve already forgotten whose name was whose. So long as you still remember your supervisor’s name, that’s the main thing. Don’t worry- you’ll […]

National Science Week 2021

It’s National Science Week here in Australia, so I thought I’d do a little post to commemorate this. I’ve written a lot about my background as a scientist (please see the last little index post I did for more details and in-depth posts), so I’ll boil this little nugget down […]

When to decide to stop

It would be naïve (and impractical) to suggest that you should feel ‘happy’ all the time. Life just isn’t like that. Life is full of ups and downs, at extremely irregular intervals- just to keep you on your toes. But sometimes, you have to draw a line on what your […]

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 […]

Yeasty bois (fun with Fungi)

For those that aren’t aware, yeast are a type of fungi. Just as we are a part of the animal kingdom, yeast are in the same group as mushrooms, moulds, and… well, I think that’s about it. Unless you’re going for a Fun-guy kind of vibe (HUR HUR HUR 😂). […]

Life in the recycling bin (part 4)

Previously, on ‘A Bug’s Life – Ph. D Blog’, I challenged myself to summarise the contents of my Ph. D Oration into something a little more… palatable. For a general audience. We’ve now (finally) reached the last Aim of my Ph. D project! This, by far, was the hardest, most […]

Life in the recycling bin (part 2)

Previously, on ‘A Bug’s Life – Ph. D Blog’, I set a challenge to myself to try and summarise my Ph. D Oration- and present it to you, my readers, in a not-so-science-jargon-filled way. If you missed the start, you should definitely head there, because you can’t really get the […]