The Everlasting Search for the Right Conference

I just attended my last conference. A few months back, around November, I thought I had done just that, but turns out, I was lucky enough to a. get a bunch more of results and b. find a conference solely dedicated to my subject (phosphatases, just in case you were wondering) and on my way I was. While I still stressed a bit about my presentation, the fact of knowing that I was pretty much…

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This is the end…or is it?

Today I am not going to give advice, nor I am going to answer questions. Today I just want to talk to you about the roller coaster that has been the last couple of months and particularly the last couple of days. Thanks to Facebook I can tell you that five years ago I was accepted to the PhD program I am presently enrolled. I mean, I could tell you more stuff, but this is…

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Teach your children: Do I need to teach if I am working in research?

My cousin decided to study Biology just like I did (same university, hence same program). While she wants to go on a different research subject, so far she also wants to follow an academic pathway, and so she has asked me a lot of questions to subjects I wished I knew more about when I was starting. These will be a series of posts based on that premise. Please keep in mind all these posts…

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Nude as the News: How important is it to follow Science news?

My cousin decided to study Biology just like I did (same university, hence same program). While she wants to go on a different research subject, so far she also wants to follow an academic pathway, and so she has asked me a lot of questions to subjects I wished I knew more about when I was starting. These will be a series of posts based on that premise. Please keep in mind all these posts…

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I Can’t Decide: How urgent is it to know what to do in life and in science

My cousin decided to study Biology just like I did (same university, hence same program). While she wants to go on a different research subject, so far she also wants to follow an academic pathway, and so she has asked me a lot of questions to subjects I wished I knew more about when I was starting. These will be a series of posts based on that premise. Please keep in mind all these posts…

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How soon is now? When should I join a research group as an undergrad

My cousin decided to study Biology just like I did (same university, hence same program). While she wants to go on a different research subject, so far she also wants to follow an academic pathway, and so she has asked me a lot of questions to subjects I wished I knew more about when I was starting. These will be a series of posts based on that premise. Please keep in mind all these posts…

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Me and my Soapbox: Thoughts on the Santa Cruz Biotech case

If you work with antibodies, you’ve probably heard about Santa Cruz Biotech (SBC) and hence you’re probably aware by now of the storm that is carrying its name right now related to USDA violations of animal welfare. What you might not be aware of is that the company has been under investigation for over 5 years now. The first inspection pointing at problems with “veterinary care, personnel qualifications, and primary enclosures” of the animals used…

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Have I made the right decision?

A new student arrived this week to the lab. I showed her around and for the first week or so she is expected to basically shadow all of us, learning the main techniques that we use.  Just like me, she is a foreign student, coming from a much kinder weather (I am looking at you negative-double-digit temperatures!) and with no family here. It was heartbreaking for me when at the end of the first day…

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But why is it important?

Unless you really, really don't care, you know by now that gravitational waves have been detected, hence proving one of Einstein's theories. It was all over news, in any form: TV, podcasts, blogs, you name it. That day as I was watching the news the anchor very casually said to the scientific reporter: This is obviously very interesting...but why is it important?I was baffled at first. I am not that big in physics, is one…

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What I’ve learned about my academic culture (and a bit of others) through my life in the lab

I was born and raised in Colombia, where I did my bachelor studies in Biology. All of my colleagues were Colombians, albeit from different regions. When the time came to start thinking about grad school, I applied and was accepted at a Canadian institute, where I did my Masters and where I am currently doing my PhD. The institute is actually in Montreal, and so about 75% of my day goes by in French, 20%…

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