Health, headaches and (six) hundred followers

Yes, yes, I know. This is my first blog post in two months. But, hopefully I’ll be able to make it count. Those of you who follow me on Instagram, @theradicalbotanical will have seen my story asking you if you wanted to see more plant science, or more PhD life posts. Everyone voted 50:50 soContinue reading “Health, headaches and (six) hundred followers”

Disabled&STEM: lab life adjustments

I’ve been getting a lot more attention on Instagram recently, especially with a video of me using a multichannel pipette for some gene expression analysis. The qPCR assay is incredibly sensitive to basically everything, including the DNA destroying enzymes present all over our fingers, hands, and bodies. A few people have asked me why IContinue reading “Disabled&STEM: lab life adjustments”

Where’s the lettuce? Food, Brexit, & Climate Change

*Re-printed with permission from TheGIST: Glasgow’s Insight into Science and Technology, originally published on 18th August 2017* Have you ever thought about the journey that your food makes on its way to your plate? Lettuce rationing is just the tip of the iceberg, as of the 2nd February 2017, supermarkets UK-wide started limiting bulk-buys ofContinue reading “Where’s the lettuce? Food, Brexit, & Climate Change”

Disabled & STEM: Reality checking

I’d never considered myself to be disabled until the last few years. I grew up as an Irish dancer, cross-country runner, climber of trees & rider of bikes. Slowly but surely, my ankles started turning purple, then they stopped moving properly. Then my knees hurt, all the time. Then a weird cracking in my neckContinue reading “Disabled & STEM: Reality checking”

TheRadicalBotanical on Instagram!

I’ve started up an instagram account for my blog, documenting day-to-day life in the lab, click here to follow! Or, you can find my profile on the right hand side of this site, under the live Twitter feed. I’ve been so busy finalising my Masters by Research thesis, I’ve really let my blog post contentContinue reading “TheRadicalBotanical on Instagram!”