Recently, I consoled a fellow postdoc during her latest crisis. Her problem was not that her PCR primers didn’t work or that her paper just got rejected for the 5th time. No, her problem was that she was a single mother of two adorable girls, and one of them was sick with a fever. Therefore, baby ...
That choice wasn't anything that I thought about when leaving academia for government research. Perhaps because my first government post, with the US Army, actually involved a whole lot of creativity. Probably even more than I got to use during my dissertation work.
I have had the pleasure of planning numerous events, initially as the social chair of the postdoctoral association (PDA) at my research institute, and now as the chair/president of the PDA. That is correct, I said pleasure! When people at my institution or other organizations comment on ...
Well, it’s the new year. Do you have any resolutions? If your resolution is to determine your future career, here are a few places to start.
I had a previous post about the hunt for a postdoctoral position and the advice that I had received. I have emailed many different professors since that post. They are all generally involved in GPCR research. I think that combining my nuclear receptor experience with GPCR experience will make me mor...
The FDA held hearings on Dec 8 and 9 on two birth control methods: oral contraceptives containing a progestin called drospirenone (DRSP) a spironolactone analogue) and a contraceptive patch marketed in the USA as Ortho EVRA. Several post market studies suggest that pills containing drosp...
In the anxious era of government budget cutbacks, everything is on the table: federal employee salaries have been frozen; postdoctoral fellow contracts have not been renewed; research projects have been scaled back; and my travel funds have been cut by 33%. Yet, at the NIH, we persevere, doing the b...
Everyone knows that while you are a graduate student you are in a training program. I think that people tend to forget that a postdoctoral position is also supposed to be a training position. Often people use this to branch into new research areas, or expand their technical skills.  ...
One of the most overlooked aspects of academic science by graduate students and postdocs is the actual cost of conducting science in an academic lab. Before we take a look at what an average molecular biology lab costs to run, it is first best to frame the discussion in terms of running a small busi...