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
“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
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
“Hey, what do you do?” “Ugggghhhhh…..” I think I answer this question differently every single time I’m asked. I sit under a thousand umbrella terms that all mean something slightly different or overlapping, and give off impressions or ideas to different people, that is not always clear to me, nor them. “Im a…..scientist, a PhD… Read More My Apology Letter to the Science Overlords
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!
White lab coats, mixing fluids or measuring weight and force are probably some common memories from experiments in high school science classes. Experiments are intrinsically linked to our understanding what science is and what scientists do. But what can researchers do when they cannot conduct experiments? One solution, I will describe in this blog post,… Read More Science without experiments
Physiologists using phosphoproteomics to reveal undiscovered effects of exercise on skeletal muscle.… Read More How would INTERPOL fare if they were stuck with fingerprint kits to do all of their work?
Evolution has come up with a pretty nifty trick to control cancer development in larger animals, by stocking up on important genes. Okay, get your pencil out; There are an estimated 37.2 trillion cells in the human body, each cell will divide approximately 50-70 times in its lifetime, and each time must… Read More Lucky old Dumbo! Elephants and their cancer resistance
A cute border collie eagerly enters a small experimental room. It immediately lies down on a mattress in front of a 22 inches LCD monitor and starts watching a set of photos. The dog seems to be watching the screen with an interest! It even waves its tail from time to time; perhaps because it… Read More Eyes are the mirror of the soul – also for dogs