The past couple of weeks I have been incredibly busy, but not with any exciting lab experiments unfortunately. Instead I have been busy working on some writing. In my previous post, I mentioned that one of my 2019 goals was to become a published author for the first time. And that was because I had… Continue reading Unusual tips for writing
After my reflection on all of my achievements of 2018 in my previous post, I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2019. Perhaps not surprisingly, the initial list I scribbled down of goals was much longer then the list I had for my achievements but I've managed to shorten my list down to 5 main goals… Continue reading Happy New Year! Looking forward and back [Part 2 – 2019 goals]
I thought I’d kick off my first proper post of 2019 with a look back on everything I have achieved last year and the goals I am setting myself for the new year ahead… Because of the size of the post I have decided to split things up into two separate posts, looking at my… Continue reading Happy New Year! Looking forward and back [Part 1 – 2018 achievements]
Hello everyone, and a very happy new year to you all! I have had a (not-so-) little hiatus from the world of scicomm, taking a break from both my blog and Twitter to really get stuck in to the first year of my PhD. But as we celebrate the new year and I move into… Continue reading Guess who’s back?
Today is super exciting for me because I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! The award is to recognise bloggers that inspire positivity and creativity through their posts and I want to say a huge thanks to Ewen at ewensommerville.com for nominating me. Ewen is a freelance science writer and his posts… Continue reading I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!
Last week I was super busy at the RGC/REQUITE project meetings that took place at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre and University of Manchester. These meetings are for members of the Radiogenomics Consortium (RGC) - scientists and clinicians that all share an interest in the genetics underlying radiotherapy response; and for research groups that took… Continue reading My first RGC meeting
This month I have been on holiday to the beautiful Balearic island of Ibiza. Other than the sun, crystal clear waters and iconic nightlife, one of the things I enjoyed the most whilst being away was the food – the Mediterranean diet. And so I wanted this month’s paper feature to be one that looks… Continue reading Paper feature: the benefits of a Mediterranean diet
My first book review is for Lewis Wolpert’s “How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells”. This is a short book (a little over 200 pages) which aims to give the ‘layperson’ a glimpse into the complex world of cell biology. The author is a biologist whose scientific career has been… Continue reading Book feature: “How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells”
In just 5 days it will be my 6-month anniversary of starting my PhD. Which means that I am already a sixth of my way through my time in the lab, and an eighth of my way through my entire PhD. That’s a pretty scary thought... and if I wasn’t already worrying that I’ve not… Continue reading My 6-month review…
Another DNA damage experiment that I’ve been trying to get working in our lab is called the gamma-H2AX assay. And if you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know that back in late February I travelled to Oxford to learn the technique at one of the Public Health England labs. This assay… Continue reading The benefits of hydrophobic materials