Featured Day in the Life of; Lidya, PhD Candidate in Chemical Biology and Blogger.

Hello! My name is Lidya Salim, and I am a PhD Candidate at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, ON, Canada. I work in a Chemical Biology lab and especialize in Nucleic Acid Chemistry. I am currently exploring the synthesis of short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) bearing novel chemical modifications to improve their pharmacological properties. I recently launched my STEMthusiast blog (www.STEMthusiast.net), […]

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Thoughts all* PhD students have on Viva Day

In the morning: “S%8t, is this actually happening?” “I could be a Dr. today” “I could also completely and utterly screw this up today” “I should have read my thesis another 4 million times before today” “Will coffee make me too shaky? Will no coffee mean I fall asleep?”   In the room just before the Viva begins: “I don’t […]

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Featured Day in the Life of; Freija, PhD Candidate in Geoscience & Ecotoxicology

Hi everyone! My name is Freija Mendrik and I’m a second year PhD Candidate in Geoscience and Ecotoxicology at the Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull, UK. My research is all about microplastic pollution, mainly what factors effect vertical stratification and transport and how biology plays a role in this in major rivers and out to sea. I’m very […]

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Featured Day in the Life of; Jayne-Louise second year PhD candidate in cancer research.

Hello! My name is Jayne-Louise (AKA SlinkyScience) and I am a second year PhD Candidate in cancer research with the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute based at the Translational Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia. My lab group has a focus on cancer cell biology, which means we look at the inner workings of normal cells and cancer cells to try […]

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How I am preparing for a Viva.

I am in the midst of preparing for my Viva (verbal defence)!  For some context; as I have written in previous blog posts, my University is one of the first in Australia to have a compulsory Viva for all PhD students. I think our process is slightly different to that of other countries, as we get feedback from the reviewers […]

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Featured Day in the Life of; Melissa, PhD student researching Endocrine Disruptors

Hi! My name is Melissa and I am a 2nd year PhD student at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland. I am also an Early Stage Researcher for the EU funded project called Protection against Endocrine Disruptors (ProtectED). Endocrine disruptors are chemicals found in food and the environment that interfere with the way our natural hormones work in our body […]

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