Maho

  • We need to start talking about mental health

    - in general, not just in Universities. With many recognised illnesses, there is one group that is still tough for people to talk about; mental illness. Like any illness, it can impede your progress, but quite often it can remain...

  • PGBio Inspirational Speaker 2017

    Every year PGBio, the post-graduate biology society, invite a senior scientist to deliver an inspirational talk. This year, we were very fortunate to have the Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse come to us. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in...

  • Learning and collaborations

    Recently, I got a chance to learn about a technique which I knew about but have never used before. This was definitely a great experience for me, as a big part of doing a PhD is learning new techniques and...

  • Thesis...

    So, I guess most of you will know that you have to write and submit a thesis to get a PhD. It’s basically a book on your research, detailing what experiments you did and why, what you found, etc. Now,...

  • Publishing

    Publishing scientific papers is key for career progression, and it’s not until you start thinking about what should go into a paper that you realise how much work goes into one – for example, it’s taken me most of my...

  • Choices…

    Life is full of decisions we need to make, and sometimes that’s not easy. Right now, being in the latter stages of my PhD, the big decisions I need to make is “what next?”. “What are my options?”. “What do...

  • The social side of a PhD

    Being a PhD student is time consuming, but this does not have to mean that you spend all your time working. In fact, I think it’s very important to socialise with other people, as it can otherwise become very intense!...

  • Welcome to Another Academic Year

    Once you get into the swing of things, days begin to merge. When summer arrives, things go quiet. Having about three months of quiet, you quickly get used to that. Then, the next academic year starts… New students start, others return, leading to...

  • “We need to do more for women in science”

    This is the title of an article I found online, in the journal Science. Clearly, there are still issues in terms of bias against women in science/academia – and I’m sure this is not something that’s limited to science and...

  • My Motivation

    One of the reasons I chose to do my PhD in microbiology is that I believe a lot of modern medicine relies on the ability to treat infections. For example, without that ability, things like surgery, transplants and immune suppression...