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7 Tips for Getting Back into the Lab after a Job Change

I previously wrote an article for BsB detailing my experience transitioning from lab-bench research into research administration roles after a particularly unhappy experience as a postdoc. About a year into my second research admin role some restructuring occurred and I decided to try to move back into the lab. I am now working again as […]

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In Career Development & Networking 23rd of February, 2015
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Spring Cleaning in the Lab – How not to Have Skeletons in your Lab Closet

Most of us hate cleaning and are often hard pressed to find time to clean our homes, never mind our laboratory space. However, an annual spring clean and maintenance of a regular cleaning rota/regime will contribute to an efficient, organized and harmonious lab environment. This is increasingly important in communal lab spaces where multiple staff […]

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In Organization & Productivity 16th of July, 2014
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How Irish Scientists Changed the World by Seán Duke

I have to be honest, I am Irish and I am a Scientist, so I guess I am a bit biased in reviewing this book. Biases notwithstanding, this is a fascinating book. How Irish Scientists Changed the World appeals to a broad audience, whether the reader is a scientist or someone who has never studied […]

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In Inspiring & Thought Provoking 28th of April, 2014
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What To Do If Your Graduate Supervisor Is Not Supporting You

The relationship you have with your supervisor during the course of your PhD is a critical one. Like all other personal or professional relationships it can range from being harmonious to disastrous. Choosing a supervisor you think will work well with you in the first place is important, however it can be difficult to foresee […]

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In PhD Survival 7th of April, 2014
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Apps That Bring PCR to Your Mobile Device

Mobile devices such as iPads and smartphones are increasingly being used by laboratory researchers to aid them in their research. One example is the move towards electronic lab books. As a result, app developers have responded to this trend and are developing apps tailored to specific laboratory techniques including PCR and qPCR. The following are […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 20th of March, 2014
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How to Train a Junior Colleague in the Basics of PCR

You’re a senior grad student or postdoc, and you’ve done more PCRs than you can count. A new student has joined your lab, and you’ve been charged with training them on PCR. You don’t want to lead him/her astray, but it’s hard to remember the parts that you struggled with in your early days. This […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 7th of February, 2014
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8 Essential Papers and Reference Guides for Quantitative PCR (qPCR)

It can be daunting to learn about a new topic when you look at the literature and realize that thousands of papers have been published on the topic. This is especially true for techniques that have transformed scientific research. Quantitative PCR (qPCR) also known as Real-Time PCR (RT-PCR) has revolutionized the study of gene expression […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 15th of January, 2014
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10 Tips for Safely Using Liquid Nitrogen in the Lab

The image of liquid nitrogen has been glamorized recently in TV cookery programs by chefs such as Heston Blumenthal. However, whether you are going to use it to make home made ice-cream or to snap-freeze samples in the lab, liquid nitrogen is not something to fool around with. Liquid nitrogen is extremely cold: it boils […]

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6th of January, 2014
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Seven Things That Really Annoy Me About Tissue Culture

The tissue culture facility can be one of the most important places in the lab.  Many researchers spend hours in the hoods isolating primary cell lines and tissue, generating samples for western blot analysis, ELISA…  the list goes on. It is also one of the places in which scientists tend to butt heads. An improperly […]

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In Cells and Model Organisms 11th of December, 2013
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Keeping Track of Your Literature

Keeping track of the scientific literature you have read is just as important as reading it in the first place.  You want to have your key papers on hand for easy access.  This will make writing easier and will also help when you are trying to convince your PI of the importance of doing a […]

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In Taming the Literature 4th of December, 2013