5 Things holding your lab back from success

What is a successful lab? Some may argue that a well-funded lab is a successful one. Others may say that frequent publications define success. Happy students, researchers, and employees. Cutting edge research. Patents. World Impact. No matter how

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How an outline transformed my research - A PhD publishing experience

We all feel it: the pressure of publishing. I first felt it when I was at the beginning of my second year as a PhD student. My group and I had flown overseas to the conference of the American Society of Cell Biology. A meeting that attracts each

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New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Scientists

Happy New Year! With the start of a new year often comes the opportunity to plan changes you want to change in the coming year. And while most people make resolutions related to their personal life, scientists should think about making

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No, scientists don’t really get holidays.

Labs always tend to be quieter during December, as people wind down their experiments and travel for the holidays. It can also be a challenging time, as reagent stocks, equipment, cell lines, and animal colonies still need to be maintained, but

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Stuck in the lab for the holidays? Here's how to stay thankful

The holiday season can be challenging for scientists if the timing of experiments prevents you from taking the time off you wish that you could. This holiday season, I challenge you to reframe your mindset, so that even when things aren’t going

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Yes, the lab needs cleaning. Here's your plan to get the job done.

Housekeeping is never a fun task – that’s why “spring cleaning” has become a once per year job grudgingly undertaken by most people. Unfortunately, however, in order for labs to run efficiently and produce high quality research, housekeeping must

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Avoiding disaster when your reagent doesn’t arrive in time

Imagine the scenario… You’ve got a deadline coming up and you just need the data from that final experiment; it’s all planned out, the equipment’s booked, those precious cells have grown and expanded, you carbo-loaded the night before ready for

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Lab Miscommunications: An unfortunate but avoidable source of stress

“Wait, this isn’t the reagent I ordered!”

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International research: The secret for travel and career growth in grad school

In the short term, overseas research experience allows scientists to expand their network, acquire new experimental techniques, and become acquainted with a variety cultures. Long term, it enables one to collaborate with international colleagues,

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8 Tips for mental and physical health in grad school

Graduate school is one of the most mentally and physically exhausting experiences. Many of us find ourselves navigating a range of new responsibilities, including teaching, coursework, and side projects, all on top of our main thesis or

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