Interviews: Stop Talking, Start Asking

Often, when we interview, our primary concern is explaining the variety of ways that we can benefit the organization. Unfortunately this often results in the interviewer talking incessantly about themselves and it can be […]

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Tips for Constructing Lab Databases in Excel

Good organization is essential for keeping a lab in good running order.  Databases of strains, plasmids, primers, and stocks are useful for keeping track of your materials, and allow your work to be continued […]

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The Pros and Cons of a PhD or Post-doc in a Foreign Country

It’s time to start thinking about your next move. Maybe you’ve finished your undergrad/master’s degree and are considering doing a PhD. Or maybe you’re past all that and need to find a post-doc position. […]

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Make Every Day As Effective As Deadline Day

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How To Train Yourself to Measure OD600 by Eye

I once knew a postdoc who was absurdly accurate at guessing the optical density of microbial cultures. I was jealous – imagine how much time I would save if I could spec my cultures […]

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How to Alienate Your Readers

There’s no doubt that one of the best ways to improve your written communication skills is to read widely. And I’m not just talking broadsheets or the odd Bill Bryson novel; you can actually […]

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5 Ways to Destroy Your Yeast Transformation

Transforming yeast with DNA is a very similar process to transforming E. coli, but with just enough differences to trip you up if you let your attention slip.  Whether you’re doing a yeast two-hybrid […]

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Tell Good Stories About Yourself To Get The Job

In our recent webinar on 10 Tips to Maximize Your Job Hunt Success, career development author and guru, Peter Fiske give an excellent tip on acing interviews that I’d like to highlight. Peter’s assertion […]

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Careers for Scientists – Research Technician

One of Bitesize Bio’s regular readers asked me to interview people in jobs that don’t necessarily require a PhD.  So, today I’m talking to Angela Briski who’s a research technician and currently working in […]

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Three Approaches to Site-directed Mutagenesis

Site-directed mutagenesis studies can be extremely useful for elucidating the function of a gene or protein, or for creating variants of an enzyme with new and improved functions. There are now many approaches available […]

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