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A day in the cleanroom

Posted by on June 28th, 2016

Hello guys, I am a PhD student from University of Strathclyde, UK. My PhD career has two parts: microfabrication and neural recordings. With the help of novel semiconductor fabrication techniques, I can make micro-level devices for neuroscience applications such as neural recordings and optogenetics. The whole fabrication process is done in the cleanroom which can[…]

Postdoc in Developmental and Evolutionary Genetics – UPenn Medical School, USA

Posted by on June 14th, 2016

Kamberov Laboratory, Department of Genetics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.   We are seeking creative and exceptionally motivated candidates to fill a post-doctoral position in the field of evolutionary and developmental genetics. Research in our lab is directed at uncovering the genetic basis of human adaptive traits, with[…]

Career Workshop at the BSDB/BSCB Meeting at the University of Warwick

Posted by on May 6th, 2016

I was kindly asked to shortly summarize my experience at the Career Workshop at the BSDB/BSCB Meeting at the University of Warwick.   My name is Hamze Beati and I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Arno Müller in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the School of Lifesciences at[…]

Applications open for the BSA’s Media Fellowship scheme 2016

Posted by on February 10th, 2016

Applications are now open for the British Science Association’s Media Fellowship scheme. To apply for 2016’s placements, please fill out the online application form by the 18th March at The Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a[…]

Question of the month- “Away from the bench” skills

Posted by on October 30th, 2015

Recently, Tomer Stern and Itamar Harel posted on the Node about Graduate Peer Group, a discussion group where graduate students could interact with each other and address the challenges that arise specifically during graduate school. Many of these challenges go beyond research at the bench: how to communicate your research, how to manage relationships in[…]

Graduate Peer Group: How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge

Posted by on October 29th, 2015

Itamar Harel¹* and Tomer Stern²* ¹ Department of Biological Regulation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 76100, Israel Present address: Department of Genetics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA ² Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 76100, Israel * Correspondence: (IH), (TS) – Starting early: How can we make more out of graduate school? In[…]

On women

Posted by on July 16th, 2015

I first wrote this for an anonymous blog. After a nudge, I have decided to publish it here. Parts of it have been embellished to make the point in the name of journalistic integrity. Please forgive me if I cause any offence. None is intended.   This is the first entry of this blog, and[…]

Time travel for graduate students

Posted by on June 23rd, 2015

Earlier this month, science & engineering graduate students at Washington University in St. Louis (WU) traveled in time. In the ballroom of the medical library, 70 students mingled with 15 young, professional scientists. At the first-annual Early Career Transitions Symposium, students got to fast-forward to learn what life might be like 5-10 years after graduation,[…]

”The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” – The Nurse review of science funding.

Posted by on April 10th, 2015

The following is my response to the Nurse review on scientific funding call for evidence: Now he has lots of free time(!) having stepped down from running the Royal Society, Sir Paul remains the biggest name in scientific establishment, or at least the first name in the section marked ‘scientists’ in David Willett’s former[…]

How a new startup is bridging the gap between universities and industry

Posted by on April 3rd, 2015

  About a year ago, I met someone at a conference who worked at a food chemistry lab in New Orleans. She was telling me about how her company had tried to hire a chemist with a Masters or PhD by putting some ads out on various job boards, but no one with the right[…]