“Be good and always do your best”

Helena Idborg has the best job in the world. She is assistant professor in rheumatology at Karolinska Institutet, where she works in a dynamic environment. “I get to change work every time a new project starts. There are always new challenges, new scientific questions, and new methods to learn. I cannot picture a better job”, says Helena.… Read More “Be good and always do your best”

The Ice breaker that helped me to re-discover my drives and motivations

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” When I was child, I used to dream about traveling around the world, studying abroad. But most of all, I used to dream about having a better life. Here is how an Ice breaker speech helped me to re-discovered my drives and motivations to come to Sweden.… Read More The Ice breaker that helped me to re-discover my drives and motivations

Co-up lab – envisioning yourself as an entrepreneur, or should I use another word?

For the longest time, I would never think of myself as anything close to an entrepreneur. It’s way too scary, it must be for people who have a perfect business plan ready to go, have investors,… In other words: not me. And I’d probably never be one either, because how does one get from “me-not-an-entrepreneur” to “me-entrepreneur”?… Read More Co-up lab – envisioning yourself as an entrepreneur, or should I use another word?

“Use Your Expertise outside the Laboratory”

Bastian Thaa, a Senior Medical Writer, got his PhD in Berlin, Germany, in 2011. After his PhD studies, Bastian did his first postdoc in the same laboratory and then did a second postdoc at Karolinska Institutet. He returned to Germany and tried to raise his own money for an independent research project but unfortunately failed. He came back to KI to finish a project that he had started. Publishing this work in PLoS Pathogens was the final achievement on his academic path before he left academia. He got a job in a medical communication agency in Berlin and has been a “Senior Medical Writer” for nearly two years now.… Read More “Use Your Expertise outside the Laboratory”

X marks the spot: new proteomic technique pinpoints protein locations

A new mass spectrometry based technique can be used to map the location of thousands of proteins in the cell simultaneously, shedding light on different proteomic cell states in health and disease. Isabel Hofman The omics era has made analysis of total genomes or transcriptomes to answer diverse scientific questions routine. However, while the proteome… Read More X marks the spot: new proteomic technique pinpoints protein locations

“Science takes you to new places”

Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam, professor at the department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet, started her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Oxford and continued as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After her postdoc, she worked in a biotech company for 3 years and returned to academia afterwards. Now, her group focuses on the function of B lymphocytes and immunogenetics. She is one of the two researchers at Karolinska Institutet who received the ERC Advance Grant 2017 (granted in 2018) from the European Research Council.… Read More “Science takes you to new places”