HOW TO: deal with failure in a PhD

I’m writing this as I’m sat in the postgrad office of the Plant Science Department at the University of Warwick. This trip, including reagents, time, hotels, food, and travel, has cost well over £1000 for five days. I’m writing this because my experiment, which I’ve been planning for over 4 months, is no longer viable… Continue reading HOW TO: deal with failure in a PhD

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 so… Continue 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 I… Continue 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 of… Continue 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 neck… Continue reading Disabled & STEM: Reality checking