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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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Postdoc Interview Preparation: Sample Questions and Answers to Ace Your Interview

By Ellen Moran | May 9, 2024

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 you prepare.

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

By Ellen Moran | April 24, 2024

Thinking of doing a PhD? Here are some essential considerations from a PhD graduate to help you decide whether or not getting a PhD is worth it.

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Liquid Nitrogen Safety In The Lab: 10 Tips To Avoid LN2 Dangers

By Ellen Moran | December 31, 2022

Liquid nitrogen isn’t just cool, it’s potentially deadly. We share our 10 tips for staying safe while working with liquid nitrogen.

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How to Read a Scientific Paper

By Ellen Moran | September 16, 2022

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

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Top Tips for Getting Science Research Grants

By Ellen Moran | February 3, 2022

Getting science research grants is becoming increasingly competitive and difficult. Read our top tips to maximize your chances of success.

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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.

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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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…

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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