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Adjusting to normal

Posted by , on 19 August 2020

The phrase “adjusting to the new normal” is a part of everyone’s life in one way or another, especially given our current global circumstances. Many in my circle are adjusting ...

Retracting sheaths and words

Posted by , on 17 July 2020

My mentor, Bruce Appel, emphasizes the importance of communicating science clearly and precisely. Consequently, I have watched my peers and myself deliver ever-improving talks, posters, and manuscripts during our time ...

A day in the life of a returning Spider Lab

Posted by , on 14 July 2020

Alistair McGregor’s group at Oxford Brookes University uses Drosophila and the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum to understand how different shapes and sizes of animals evolve. Back in 2016, two ...

Back to bench is resetting my mental clock

Posted by , on 13 July 2020

My university has reopened and being reunited with the lab bench after months have reminded me again how much I love what I do for a living. Of course I ...

Lockdown in Shanghai

Posted by , on 13 May 2020

This piece recently featured on The Company of Biologists’ WeChat Channel. For more information about our efforts to engage Chinese researchers, read Annabel Nicholson’s post from last month.     ...

Irin ajo mi si Nigeria | My journey to Nigeria

Posted by , on 17 April 2020

My first impression of Nigeria remained loyal to what I would experience the following two weeks: very warm weather, very colourful attires, very warm and joyful hearts. Also, it is ...

An Introduction to Writing Review Articles

Posted by , on 7 April 2020

Last week, I gave a talk (online, of course) about ‘Writing review articles’. It was aimed at graduate students who, as part of their training, had to identify a topic ...

Time to crack coding?

Posted by , on 24 March 2020

As labs shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, some might be unsure of what to do next. Even if your project doesn’t have a computational (i.e. bioinformatic) aspect, ...

“My balance comes from instability” thought Herzog (Saul Bellow, Herzog)

Posted by , on 28 October 2019

A bit of background The dependence of a protein’s function on its structure is a well-known phenomenon. Back in 1970’s, it was suggested that most proteins would fold into one ...

CRISPR-Cas9 – what’s left to know?

Posted by , on 8 August 2019

This post was originally posted on the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine’s blog Dominic Owens, PhD student in the De Bruijn group at MRC MHU, recounts how puzzling results and a fortuitous ...

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