A macroscopic view from the academic community Stanford Professor, John Ioannidis, is no stranger to controversy; in 2005 he published a paper titled “Why most published research findings are false”. However, his latest attack in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation (where he was recently Editor in Chief) is focused less on the substantive content… Read More No title, no expert? (Part 1)
In my blog introduction I promised a recount of my experiences starting a new postdoc during the pandemic. For me at least it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. Although a touch melodramatic, I felt that breaking it down into stages summarised the highs and lows fairly succinctly. Stage 1: Giddy anticipation twinged with dread As an avid traveller (pre-COVID), I was so excited about the prospect of moving to a new place and… Read More Starting a postdoc in a new country in the midst of a pandemic
It’s a gloomy February afternoon when I head towards Biomedicum cafeteria to meet Qiaolin Deng. As much as I feel tired with the short days and lack of sunshine I am soon to be positively charged with the energy that beams from my interviewee. Qiaolin greets me with a warm smile and sparkling eyes. It’s a very exciting time in her career.… Read More “Freedom comes with responsibility” – Career path of Qiaolin Deng
Perfectionism has been a blessing and a curse in my life. But, at the end of the day, in science, as in life, perfection does not exist.… Read More I got the fellowship! What now?
In my view, doing a PhD is like running a marathon. It is a lot about endurance, technique, practice, and very importantly, receiving coaching. Let me explain a bit more how I came to this conclusion. The stresses of being a PhD student Having a PhD is a big achievement, but getting to the dissertation… Read More On PhD students and professional athletes
One of the great things about working at Karolinska Institutet is that its fame and medical specialisation ensure ever-present opportunities to hear great talks by major advancers in all fields of medical science. A little while ago I was able to attend a talk by one of the first names a young eager cancer… Read More Portrait of the Enemy; Hanahan & Weinbergs Cancer Contribution
The working conditions of young researchers in the first few years of their academic career are surprisingly similar to the working conditions of low-rank drug-gang members. This provocative conclusion can be drawn from the blog post which I came across recently, although it was published in 2013 by Alexandre Afonso, Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the… Read More Ways in which academia resembles a drug-gang
Hello, this is Sofia calling in from Huddinge campus and Life after the defense. I’m a new voice at this blog and I hope we’ll talk often. In my posts, I’ll talk to you about how life was as a PhD student, and how life is now, as an actual PhD. I’ll share my thoughts… Read More A new voice
If you want to get your paper cited, give it a short title! This is a conclusion from a paper published last week in Royal Society of Open Science.
Recently, I have overheard this conversation between two researchers in a coffee-room: – So, are you expected to submit some grant proposals soon? – Well, it’s not that I have to do it but if I would like to get a job after this post-doc, then I should. I could, of course, potentially, get a position… Read More Do cars and grants have anything in common?