Overdue updates

As many of you will have probably noticed, I’ve not posted anything in nearly four months. I could try and come up with any number of creative excuses, but the harsh reality is I had to prioritise the biggest experiment of my PhD, my outreach work, being disabled, and another crippling batch of depression. Now… Continue reading Overdue updates

Objectification of Disability in 2018

My Ehlers Danlos and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome mean I’m often awake at odd times of the day. My shoulders roll out, a rib slips, and I’m awake until the pain dies down. My wrist had popped out, and at 4am on Wednesday the 14th of March 2018, a little Guardian notification popped up on… Continue reading Objectification of Disability in 2018

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

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

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