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Lauren Tebay

Lauren obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with Cell Biology from Trinity College Dublin and her PhD in molecular biology from the University of Dundee. Her interests include oxidative stress, lipid metabolism, long walks on the beach and getting completely lost in a good book series!

Articles by Lauren Tebay:

Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Sanity During Thesis Writing

For many scientists the most intimidating aspect of undertaking a PhD isn’t the long hours in the lab or the uncertain nature of the job length in academia that follows it. It’s the thought of attempting to write up 4+ years of work into a single cohesive thesis! The thesis writing process can vary greatly…

19 Sep 2016 Soft Skills & Tools&Writing, Publishing & Presenting

Are you being bullied by your boss?

There are many kinds of supervisors out there, ranging from the amazingly laid back to the crazy micromanagers. There are various strategies for dealing with all of them, but what do you do when your boss is a bully?

09 Jul 2016 Dealing with Fellow Scientists&PhD Survival&Survive & Thrive

Dealing with tension and conflict in the lab

A busy research lab can be a challenging place to work for a variety of reasons. Science is a high pressure environment, often with looming grant or research paper deadlines, troublesome reagents, and experimental failure. Combined, these factors can cause many kinds of strife in the workplace, here are a few examples and some of my top tips for dealing with them!

09 Jul 2016 Dealing with Fellow Scientists&Personal Development&PhD Survival&Survive & Thrive

Troublesome Site-Directed Mutagenesis: Troubleshooting Your Experiment for Stubborn Mutations

As is sadly the case in many experiments, site-directed mutagenesis (SDM) does not always work the way we would like it to the first time around. Here are a few tips to help you on your way when trying to troubleshoot a bothersome SDM reaction!

09 Jul 2016 PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR

Site-Directed Mutagenesis Tips and Tricks

There are a few different ways of approaching site-directed mutagenesis. Here, I’ll give you a quick introduction to inverse PCR and why it’s useful, as well as going through a full protocol for SDM using modified primers!

09 Jul 2016 PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR

Brushing up on your excel skills, part 3

Having brushed up on our referencing, constructing calculations and basic functions, let’s move on to some intermediate functions that could potentially save you time and hassle in the lab. First up, filling! Filling Filling is my new favourite useful function in Excel, one that admittedly I didn’t know existed until very recently, but I’m making…

09 Jul 2016 Software & Online Tools

The Do’s and Don’ts of Making and Presenting a Scientific Poster

At a conference, a poster can be a great tool for drawing people into conversation. Not only do you have something to break the ice with, you can also get really useful feedback from a completely different perspective! To make sure you get the most out of your poster time it’s important to have a…

09 Jul 2016 Writing, Publishing & Presenting

Brushing Up On Your Excel Skills: Part Two

Last time we brushed up on cell referencing and constructing formulae to use Excel for some basic and some slightly more advanced calculations. This time we’re going to move on to using some built-in Excel functions and go through how to apply all that we’ve done so far to a worked example that is relevant…

15 Jun 2015 Lab Statistics & Math&Software & Online Tools

Brushing Up On Your Excel Skills: Part One

Microsoft Excel can be a really powerful, useful tool for certain kinds of data processing and record keeping, and the chances are you probably don’t even know how to use half of the functions it comes with! That’s OK, personally, I find Excel a bit less user-friendly than Word, but also it’s a programme I…

10 Jun 2015 Lab Statistics & Math&Software & Online Tools

5 Top Tips for Surviving Your First Conference

One of the really exciting parts of being involved in research is the opportunity to travel to a conference (hopefully at an exotic location!) to present your work and get to see presentations from the major players in your chosen field. Now you’ll probably have all sorts of frivolous reasons for not wanting to go…

16 Feb 2015 Career Development & Networking&Writing, Publishing & Presenting

Top Ten Science Site for Tea-Break Reading

  We all know the feeling, you have a short incubation or time point where there won’t be enough time to start something new or get anything massively productive done, but you can’t just do nothing for 15 min! This tends to be when time-suck websites like Facebook or Twitter take over. Instead, how about…

03 Dec 2014 Fun Stuff

Using Word to Write Your Thesis: Miscellaneous Bits and Bobs

To round off my series of articles on thesis writing, I’d like to finish with a few final Word tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way – it’s probably not fair to call most of these “Advanced” Word functions as most people will have a fair idea of them, but I…

05 Nov 2014 Software & Online Tools

Using Word to Write your Thesis: Creating a Master Document

Wow – your thesis is really coming along. First, you created an outline to help you organize your chapters. Second, you made a Table of Contents and learned how to insert captions and how to cross-reference within the document. Now it’s time to combine your chapters into a single master document, so that you can…

29 Oct 2014 Software & Online Tools

Using Word to Write your Thesis: Making a Table of Contents, Inserting Captions, and Cross-referencing

In the last post I showed you how to make an outline for your thesis in Word. You should now have a document outline with a list of headings for your sections (maybe even a few sections filled in if you were feeling motivated to make a start!). From here, we can move on to:…

22 Oct 2014 Software & Online Tools

Using Word to Write your Thesis: Creating an Outline

When I started the third year of my PhD, I was advised to attend a course to learn to how to use Microsoft Word properly before I started writing. I laughed! Of course I knew how to use Word! Why on earth would I spend 3 hours at a course on something I already know…

15 Oct 2014 Software & Online Tools