“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?
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
Last week two of your digital ambassadors volunteered during the first Swedish Brain Awareness week (Hjärnfestivalen). During this five day event for the public, many activities sharing knowledge from neuroscience and related fields were arranged. One could come to various presentations by scientists, a pub quiz with brain trivia, bring children to a science cafe or… Read More Gelé brain, scientists and the public: Hjärnfestivalen 2016
“When I first visited my current university, I gave a talk and while speaking I felt something was off. Then I realized I was the only female in the room, facing a room with 13 men and that has never happened to me before” said Ka Ling Wu, a second participant in my PhD Around the World Project.… Read More Woman and the Wind: PhD around the world 2
All around the world, more people than ever are pursuing a PhD. But how do our PhDs programs differ, what do we all struggle with and what can we learn from each other? Those are some of the questions I have decided to explore in a series of mini-interviews with PhD students from all around the world.… Read More PhD Around the World 1: Museums and Maternity leave(s)
I put down the pipettes and start the timer. The samples are tucked in the heating block and the enzymes (manufactured in some bland warehouse in Germany) have thirty minutes to do their magic. The gloves come off and I mentally browse through tasks to fill this mini-gap. Should I read a paper? Perhaps add a few lines… Read More What motivates a scientist.
Article first printed in Medicor Magazine 2016 Issue #1 (Medicinska Föreningens Student Magazine, Karolinska Institutet). As such, you may notice the writing is a little longer and more medical-student directed than my usual popular science posts on this blog, but please do take the opportunity to fire any questions or comments my way if anything needs… Read More HeLa; The Cells that Changed the World