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
Notes from Jack Szostak’s lecture “The Origin of Cellular Life”.… Read More It’s an RNA world
I’ve recently taken a career course organized by KI career service office. Below is a portrait from my course assignment about a person, whom I interviewed and is currently working in the life science industry. Mikael Hanson is a Senior Project Manager for Global Commercial Development at AbbVie – a global biopharmaceutical company. Mikael… Read More Find the passion and show you can do it!
Sometimes, my research can feel removed from the “real” world. Forte Talks 2016, a gathering of researchers, political leaders, and stakeholders from healthcare, labour and welfare sectors, renewed my appreciation for the importance of research in our societies. About a week ago on a sunny morning I was biking across Stockholm to Nacka Strandsmässan. At… Read More Forte Talks 2016: Equality for all ≈ action for real
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
Often it feels like I need some super powers to conquer the daily life of a PhD student. In my blog posts, I will share my reflections on issues from my research field(s), open science, register-based research, (Swedish) academia and others.… Read More An average superhero in training
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
After almost half a year of planning and coordinating, finally The PhD Movie 2 was successfully screened at Karolinska Institutet Solna campus. The movie is an adaptation from the well-known web comic strip: Piled Higher and Deeper (aka. PhD Comics). More than 200 people came to the event, including undergraduates, PhD students, postdocs, and some… Read More The PhD Movie 2 at Karolinska Institutet
No, this is not one of my favorite movies; but is sounds like a grate title for this post:) Working with other people will naturally lead to conflict situations from time to time. Different types of conflicts occur quite frequently in academia because in this environment highly opinionated and competitive people meet and collaborate. Things can… Read More Clash of the Titans