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
“You don’t want to have a publication in Science!? But that is everyone’s dream!” exclaimed another participant of a mentoring for early career researchers at my summer conference. For years, I was not able to say this out loud, but by now – a fourth year in my PhD – I got used to the shocked expression that usually follows my declaration.… Read More The wrong type of scientist?
Once upon a time… someone decided the public had the right, even the need, maybe even the duty, to know what was going on in science. Well, probably it has been “decided” upon multiple times, but a striking example was when the Royal Institute of London started Christmas lectures for the general public. In these… Read More The ivory tower and its casualties – Part 1
This Tuesday afternoon it is very quiet at the Career service office at Karolinska Institutet, only the sound of keys tapping in the computers. Emma is working hard on updating all web pages and moving information to our new web portal. Kerstin is busy following up all contacts made with companies that want to offer… Read More Career Skills for Scientists
Article published in Medicor 2016 #3, Medicinska Föreningens magazine. As the sunlight fades from our Swedish world very quickly, I take a look at the nature of our relationship with the sun, and the potential danger Scandinavian style sun worshipping habits may hold.. As I sit here, a few weeks after my south-east Asian vacation,… Read More Sizzle; The Science of Sunburn
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
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.
It has been a while since my last post. Well, actually I made only one blog in 2015. I feel terribly sorry about it. It is just about my research that overtakes my energy and life, thus pushes me away from social media. However, last Thursday, I and other two bloggers joined a workshop with… Read More What if I felt exhausted about my research
While I was going through my social media channels, I came across a research article titled Antibacterial activity of silver-killed bacteria: the “zombies” effect. Because this was the first time I had ever seen a research article containing the word “zombies” in it, I was quite curious to read what the article was about. The… Read More The zombies are finally here!
In a recent study published in Genome Biology, scientists at University of Cambridge showed that the human genome is not fully human. The scientists studied the genome of forty species, of which ten were primates, including humans. In the study they identified 145 “foreign” genes in the human genome that have its origins from other… Read More We are not fully human