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ChristinaPyrgaki

I am a biologist by training and a microscopist by trade. I received my BS in Biology and MS in Clinical Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and my PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado. I continued my studies at the Rockefeller University where, as a postdoctoral fellow, I worked on neurodevelopmental disorders. In pursuit of my passion for biological imaging I joined a leading Microscopy company where I worked for three years as an application support specialist. After that I returned to academia and joined a Bio-Imaging Center. Aside of microscopy I am also passionate about science communication and education. I consider it part of my mission to share technical and non-technical knowledge and experience that I acquired working in academia and industry to help young scientists make the right choices professionally and beyond.

Articles by ChristinaPyrgaki:

Things to Consider When Buying a Microscope Camera (Part 2)

In the first part of this series, we discussed the differences between a color and a monochrome microscope camera and when one is advantageous over the other. We also touched on the subject of optimal camera resolution for a given imaging system. In this part, we will tackle a few additional camera specifications and how…

04 Oct 2017 Microscopy & Imaging

Things to Consider When Buying a Microscope Camera (Part 1)

Purchasing a microscope camera is one of the most daunting tasks you might have to undertake. Before you set out to buy that camera, carefully consider your applications. Things like sample brightness or the speed of the phenomenon you are trying to capture can dictate your choices. Also, this is the time to make peace…

05 Jul 2017 Microscopy & Imaging

6 Career Building Steps to Take While in Graduate School

You chose a great lab in a great graduate program, you work around the clock to get data, you know the literature like the back of your hand, and you have regular meetings with your boss to assess your progress. You are doing everything you can to start your career on the right foot, right?…

19 Dec 2016 Career Development & Networking

Five Ways to Help You Achieve Happiness in Graduate School

A number of studies have shown that work–life balance, as well as personal happiness, positively correlates with productivity, professional achievement and success. Looks like that happiness is not only a luxury but it might be a key ingredient for success.

09 Jul 2016 Survive & Thrive

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Graduate School Edition

A PhD, like any worthy endeavor in life, requires hard work, patience and perseverance. It also involves challenges that will make you doubt your choice to pursuit an advanced degree in the first place. It is inevitable that a series of failed experiments or that one paper rejection will bring you down and temporarily make…

09 Jul 2016 Survive & Thrive

Five Important Things to Consider Before You Choose Your Graduate School

Selecting the right graduate school is not only one of the most important decisions an aspiring student has to make, but a really tough one as well. Keep reading for five practical things to consider when you are about to decide on which graduate school to join.

09 Jul 2016 Survive & Thrive