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

Plant-based biomaterials: engineering the future

I'm lucky enough to have been invited to write for The Biochemist Blog - an online sister publication to their popular in print magazine. This edition they're discussing biomaterials, so I jumped on board to share the newest insights into plant tissue engineering and repurposing in biology today. You can find the article here. I… Continue reading Plant-based biomaterials: engineering the future

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