OK, I've made "postdoc" into a verb. Sorry about that, but the question remains "does one need to do one?” The key to considering a postdoc as an optional first step rather than a logical or expected first step is in deciding what your long term goals are before you decide on a postdoc. I’...
Hello, my name is Gaia and I’m an INTJ. Now let me introduce myself in a more conventional manner: I graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 2009 with a PhD in Immunology and then continued for a post-doc position at the NIH. After a year or so, I became a Program Manager at the NIH.
I presented a webinar this Wednesday on how to get a Ph.D. in as few years as possible. I myself graduated after only 3 years in my thesis lab. One of the things that really saved me time was the way I searched, organized and read research papers. I’ll share some of these tips in...
Last week, I was sitting in a lab meeting, listening to about 8 other lab mates’ work, each of them working on different diseases, targeting different proteins and different organs, using different viral vectors. It stuck me that there was only a very broad unifying theme in this superlab. Sometim...
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Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! Let me first introduce myself. I am Matt Finley, and I currently am a postdoctoral researcher. I began my scientific career way back in high school when I discovered my love for genetics. I studied Biology and Chemistry at Northampton Community College in ...
After defending my thesis, I was on top of the world. But what was next? Being a perpetual student trying to pass each hurdle was the focus of my previous 22 years. Now, the ultimate hurdle was complete. My mentor told me, “Matt, this is a critical time for your future. Your steps here forwa...
How often is there an opportunity which becomes available and you talk yourself out of it? I know if you are like me that has certainly happened before, but hopefully we can prevent it from happening in the future. It is natural that you are going to judge yourself more harshly than othe...
Late in 2010, I became frustrated with my postdoc. I had been a fairly productive student in grad school, busy with publications and presentations to back it up. Yet, the more time passed, the more I became frustrated and angry with my postdoc and my lab. Let me back up a bit and give some context.&...
I have been a postdoctoral fellow for approaching seven years. Over the past few years, I have been instinctively drawn to expand my horizons by joining various associations. I enjoyed leading the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at my institution; being a member of the Board of Directors ...