ahuntress

Adrienne is an aspiring science raconteuse. When she's not improving the stability of microbes, she participates in outreach and education events. Her goals include bringing science to rural areas and creating a sustainable homestead.

Articles by ahuntress:

Why You Should Apply to Science Jobs Early and Often

There are many reasons to apply for jobs. You might be in the latter stages of grad school, busy getting those last experiments done so you can focus on writing your thesis. You might already have a job, but want to move to a different location or step into a new field. Or maybe you’re…

24 Apr 2017 Career Development & Networking

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Part II: How to Gracefully Exit a Graduate School Program

This is Part II in the “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” series. Part I focused on how to evaluate whether staying in graduate school is a good idea for you. In this article, I’ll discuss the logistical aspects of exiting a graduate program if you’ve made the decision to leave. If you are or have…

20 Mar 2017 Survive & Thrive

ChemDraw: a Versatile Molecule Sketching Tool for (Bio)Chemists

Have you ever wondered how to make professional, easy-to-understand figures of molecules for presentations or publications? While several programs exist for this purpose, ChemDraw is like the Swiss Army knife of chemical sketching programs that most chemists and journals use to prepare figures. Beyond the ability to create chemically accurate and legible figures, ChemDraw can…

28 Feb 2017 Basic Lab Skills & Know-how&Chemistry for Biologists

Are Proteins Adsorbing to Your Labware?

One of my favorite things about being a biochemist is to imagine everything at the molecular level—sometimes, in very corny ways. I envision the proteins I pipet and mix as dynamic characters in a molecular soap opera that intermingle with each other in complex ways. The biomolecular characters in my soap opera interact and react,…

21 Dec 2016 Basic Lab Skills & Know-how

How to Clean and Unclog Your HPLC Column

In my last article, I discussed how to best keep your lab’s HPLC running smoothly. However, even the best-maintained HPLCs and columns need periodic cleaning. Today, I’ll describe how to identify and troubleshoot a clogged HPLC column. Columns Are Finite First of all, it’s important to realize that columns do have a finite lifetime. The…

31 Oct 2016 Analytical Chemistry and Chromatography Techniques

Under Pressure: Tips for Keeping Your HPLC Up and Running Properly

If you’re anything like me, your biggest lab fear is working with expensive equipment prone to damage. HPLC is a wonderful tool, capable of separating, identifying, and quantifying a vast array of compounds, but it requires an attentive scientist to properly handle and maintain each component. In this article I’ll describe a few basic handling…

17 Oct 2016 Analytical Chemistry and Chromatography Techniques