I am an individual member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) (http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/),which holds annual meetings in order to foster innovation, networking, and collaboration. This year was the 9th annual meeting and was hosted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Of...
In the past week, I attended the 102nd Americans Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. This meeting is one of the biggest annual meetings for cancer research all over the world. It is an important event for basic scientists, clinical doctors, biotech companies, a...
The title of this blog series is taken from a book authored by Drs. Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius. It is a real-time depiction of my thought process and actions towards selecting a potential career after PhD, more specifically ACADEMIC vs. NON-ACADEMIC positions. I would not be able to give you ...
The tools and techniques associated with large-scale nucleic acid sequencing have become integral to research in fields from medical forensics to industrial food processing. Increasingly, life sciences investigators need a basic familiarity with the terminology and concepts of genomics and bioinform...
How to play it and win. If you are looking for a change or have to change, and have identified some places that are “looking for a few good people,” what it comes down to is finding out who in the company are doing the looking, getting their attention, and then convincing them that they ne...
The NIH, one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, is an agency of the US government, but it is also a very international workplace. According to the Division of International Services (DIS) at the NIH, approximately 2,000 scientists from other nations conduct research in the basic and...
Over the past few years I have heard people comment, “I am Type A, so you know what that means...” and apparently that should excuse whatever it is that they just said or did. My basic understanding of this concept is that Type A individuals are high strung, while type B are more laid back...
The theme of this posting is ‘sometimes they just screw up.’ It’s about the students – or otherwise, underlings - who will at some point in your career work for you. They will be doing the things you’ve done, or the things you don’t want to do. But they are expected to do it just a...
Different people have different views on the life of being a postdoctoral fellow. Some people consider it as a very rare opportunity to develop their ability to become an independent member of faculty in the future. Some people take the advantage of the fellowship to dig out what they re...