It’s 8pm on Friday evening. You’re halfway through the experiment you had to restart because you forgot to add a crucial control sample in the first assay. You forgot to add the control in the first place because you’re extremely stressed. You’re stressed because you need to finalise a grant submission that you already worry isn’t good enough, aren’t receiving enough support with and aren’t sure if it will actually be enough to apply for an assistant professorship. You hear the last of your colleagues’ laughter as they disappear off to the bar and you’re left alone in the lab. A weekend at the bench and your computer looms ahead.… Read More What is a postdoc? Finding answers amidst ambiguity – Part 1
Perhaps it will not be too long before we can hear a completely paralysed person saying, “oh it’s a bit cold outside”, the moment he/she relaxingly walks out of the house on a quiet winter morning, wearing an exoskeleton suit.… Read More Can you hear me?
“Glial network in the skin plays role in pain sensation”
A newly described cell type that forms a network in the skin plays a central role in sensing mechanical input and in the initiation of pain sensation.… Read More Glial network in the skin plays role in pain sensation
The internship at VR provided me with an invaluable insight into the Swedish working culture at a public organization. It also improved my Swedish language skills; I got the chance to meet new co-workers, learn about the research infrastructure of Sweden as a whole, and discuss topics that are important for the development of the… Read More 3-month Internship at Vetenskapsrådet/Swedish Research Council (VR): a postdoc experience
Traditional vaccines are generally better at eliciting antibody responses rather than building a memory of cellular immunity involving dedicated T cell subsets. Vaccines directed towards infections such as HIV or cancers would be vastly improved if they could elicit these responses more efficiently. New research uncovers a mechanism to establish such a memory in the lung which is conserved in mice, non-human primates and humans.… Read More Vaccine-assisting molecules help the lung memorize immune responses
Conferences are the gala shows of our science, but not all of us are born showmen/women. For some of us this highlight of the academic year can instead be nightmare. We can be haunted by presenting in front of people or endless networking. Yet those were not my fears. I was most scared of the last three minutes of my presentation time – the time to answer audience questions.… Read More Questions – my conference nightmare
“How does a wind-up toy work?” “Just like how your body works!”… Read More Life – an intricate wind-up toy