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Ellen Moran

I am a PhD qualified research professional with a strong background in Translational Medicine and Biomedical research. This has involved carrying out research into a variety of diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory lung disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease and drug allergy/hypersensitivity. I gained experience in laboratory and research management and now work in medical education regulation.

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Keeping Track of Your Literature

By Ellen Moran | September 13, 2021

We show you how to get organized and develop a system to stay on top of your literature reviews.

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Postdoc Interview Preparation: Sample Questions and Answers

By Ellen Moran | January 4, 2021

Are you trying to prepare for an interview but not sure what sort of questions you’ll get asked? Check out our top 10 Postdoc interview questions to help prepare you.

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Is it Worth Doing a PhD After a Master’s?

By Ellen Moran | December 17, 2020

Thinking of starting a PhD? Wondering if it will be worth it? Read our handy tips and advice to help you decide.

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How to Read a Scientific Paper Efficiently

By Ellen Moran | January 20, 2020

We show you how to read a scientific paper efficiently, so you can make the most of your reading time.

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

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

By Ellen Moran | February 23, 2015

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…

Spring Cleaning in the Lab – How not to Have Skeletons in your Lab Closet

Spring Cleaning in the Lab – How not to Have Skeletons in your Lab Closet

By Ellen Moran | July 16, 2014

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…

How Irish Scientists Changed the World by Seán Duke

How Irish Scientists Changed the World by Seán Duke

By Ellen Moran | April 28, 2014

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…

Western Blot, ELISA, SPR, Biosensor Assay or PCR: Which Technique Should I Use?

Western Blot, ELISA, SPR, Biosensor Assay or PCR: Which Technique Should I Use?

By Ellen Moran | April 17, 2014

Stimulation of cells/tissue with a given stimulus (e.g., a cytokine) is a common experimental setup in any cell biology lab. The cellular response to the external stimulus e.g., the activation/deactivation of intracellular signaling pathways and/or the secretion of proteins is often the research goal, and there are a number of different methods that you can use to analyze such…

What To Do If Your Graduate Supervisor Is Not Supporting You

What To Do If Your Graduate Supervisor Is Not Supporting You

By Ellen Moran | April 7, 2014

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…

Apps That Bring PCR to Your Mobile Device

By Ellen Moran | March 20, 2014

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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How to Train a Junior Colleague in the Basics of PCR

By Ellen Moran | February 7, 2014

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…

8 Essential Papers and Reference Guides for Quantitative PCR (qPCR)

8 Essential Papers and Reference Guides for Quantitative PCR (qPCR)

By Ellen Moran | January 15, 2014

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…

10 Tips for Safely Using Liquid Nitrogen in the Lab

10 Tips for Safely Using Liquid Nitrogen in the Lab

By Ellen Moran | January 6, 2014

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…

Seven Things That Really Annoy Me About Tissue Culture

Seven Things That Really Annoy Me About Tissue Culture

By Ellen Moran | December 11, 2013

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…

Careers for Scientists – Research Administrator

Careers for Scientists – Research Administrator

By Ellen Moran | June 24, 2013

Up until last year I had been working in scientific research for just over six years. The insecurity of a career in academia had always niggled at me. About eight months into a very stressful postdoc position that didn’t seem to be going anywhere, I felt my heart wasn’t in it anymore and a change…

Using Enzymes at the Bench -- Keep it in the cooler? On ice? or at RT?

Using Enzymes at the Bench — Keep it in the cooler? On ice? or at RT?

By Ellen Moran | May 8, 2013

Have you ever needed an enzyme but not had an ice bucket?  Have you been tempted to just grab the enzyme out of the freezer, take what you need and quickly return the tube to the freezer?  Do enzymes really need to be kept on ice all of the time?  I would say, Yes! Enzymes…

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Tips for Uncluttering your Email Box

By Ellen Moran | March 8, 2013

In the hectic world we live in you may not be away from your computer for more than an hour and the emails pile up. Setting aside a couple of time blocks each day to spend answering emails and following some of the tips below will help keep on top of things. 1)      Set up…

The Etiquette of Approaching a Potential Supervisor

The Etiquette of Approaching a Potential Supervisor

By Ellen Moran | February 27, 2013

Whether you are looking for a PhD Studentship or your first postdoc position, identifying and approaching a potential mentor can be quite daunting and seem like a bit of a minefield. The following are a few tips to help make a first good impression. 1)      Tailor your CV and cover letter to the individual lab…

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When NOT to Wear a Lab Coat and Gloves: A Quick Guide to Personal Protective Equipment

By Ellen Moran | February 22, 2013

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as your lab coat and gloves are an essential piece of kit when working in a laboratory; however, it is important to know when it is inappropriate to use PPE. 1)      Don’t wear your lab coat, gloves or other PPE in offices or dining areas. They may have become contaminated…

Tips For Better ELISA Results

Tips For Better ELISA Results

By Ellen Moran | January 23, 2013

The ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) is a rapid method used to detect the amount of a protein of interest in clinical and experimental samples. There are a number of ELISA formats to choose from, depending on your research needs. These include direct ELISA, indirect ELISA, competitive ELISA and sandwich ELISA. We have previously covered the…

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Best Practice for Cataloging Your Samples

By Ellen Moran | December 24, 2012

The correct documentation and storage of your laboratory samples may be a tedious process, but it will make your life a lot easier in the long run. The last thing any scientist wants when trying to complete a key last experiment for a publication is not being able to find or identify a critical sample.…

How To Ace Your Journal Club Presentation

By Ellen Moran | November 21, 2012

Scientific journal clubs are a fantastic opportunity to sharpen your presentation skills in an informal atmosphere composed of your peers.  Furthermore, regular attendance will help keep your knowledge of the scientific literature up to date and foster good scientific relationships with your colleagues. The following are a few tips to make the most of your…

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When Microarrays Go West(ern)

By Ellen Moran | November 16, 2012

Western blotting was first introduced in 1979 and has become a routine technique for protein analysis in laboratories worldwide. While western blotting can be highly specific, it is very low throughput as a technique and requires large amounts of sample and expensive antibodies. Furthermore, blots are extremely labour intensive and require a high level of…

Five Things You Might Not Know about LB

Five Things You Might Not Know about LB

By Ellen Moran | October 12, 2012

LB medium is a staple in virtually every lab. It’s commonly used to propagate E. coli, and as such will be used frequently by any lab that does cloning. Chances are, LB broth or plates were one of the first things you learned to make as a newbie in the lab.  Here are a few…

Four Ways To Keep Up With Your Field If You Are Out Of A Job

Four Ways To Keep Up With Your Field If You Are Out Of A Job

By Ellen Moran | October 3, 2012

Keeping up with the latest developments in your field of research is important whether you are taking a sabbatical to travel the world or your funding has finally dried up. Whatever your situation, it is good to maintain a broad working knowledge of your field of interest and not leave yourself a mountain of reading…

DIY method for isolating yeast

How To Survive The Next Meeting With Your PI (Members Only Article)

By Ellen Moran | September 7, 2012

Every scientist, at one time or another, has avoided meetings with their PI. They are, however extremely important in shaping the direction and progress of your project. Having regular productive meetings with your PI will help maintain a positive working relationship and contribute to the success of your project. Keep the following in mind when…

Top Tips for Getting Grants (Members Only Article)

Top Tips for Getting Grants (Members Only Article)

By Ellen Moran | August 31, 2012

Obtaining research funding is becoming increasingly difficult and competitive, with success rates varying between 10-30% depending on the funding body and country. With careful planning and preparation you can maximise your chances of success. Here a few tips to take into consideration: Research what funding and what types of funding are available. It’s worth spending…

Book Review: “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, by Thomas Kuhn

By Ellen Moran | August 17, 2012

I found Thomas Kuhn’s book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” quite a challenge to get through. Normally, if a book doesn’t keep my attention, or I find it difficult to read after the first few pages, I give up. However, I was determined to persevere with this book, especially given that the Times Literary supplement…

Book Review: At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator, by Kathy Barker

Book Review: At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator, by Kathy Barker

By Ellen Moran | June 25, 2012

Starting a PhD, or even a summer scholarship, in a laboratory can be a daunting experience. Moving from carrying out experiments in the comfort of a teaching lab to working in a research laboratory is quite the bridge to cross. From a personal experience, I found I became quite rusty over the summer months in…

How to Present Successfully at Conferences

By Ellen Moran | June 11, 2012

The very idea of standing up and giving an oral presentation at a conference gives even the most confident of us butterflies. Additionally, I don’t know many scientists who find the thought of spending hours working on a powerpoint presentation exactly thrilling. However, there are many benefits to presenting your work at a conference. First…

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How to Find a Postdoc Overseas

By Ellen Moran | May 4, 2012

I have always had it in the back of my mind that I would like to live and work abroad for a year or two. This was augmented in my mind by the mainstream view in scientific research that a stint in a foreign lab is beneficial to a scientist’s career. The benefit of working…

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