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Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories include CRISPR babies, new discoveries on early humans and the latest robot landing on Mars.

By Zain Alhashem

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Ask an alumnus – Rosie Bithell!

As unbelievable it sometimes seems, our life does not end on the day we get our PhDs, it’s quite the opposite really- we’re starting our careers! Sometimes it’s difficult to say what your next step will be – as PhD experience gives us so much that you can be almost anything! If you’re lost or a little unsure about what you want to do after PhD, the best way to find out is to ask around and that’s exactly what we’re doing! 

This time, we’ve had a chat with Rosie Bithell, she was a PhD student with Maddy Parsons and now works as a drug discovery scientist at Cancer Research UK! Rosie shares what she enjoys most in her current role and how industry jobs differ from positions in academia. Also, the secret to winning the best snowflake prize at Randall Christmas party! Check her answers below!

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Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories include a new study on pain, the spread of fake news and why some people love bitter coffee.

By Gintare Bucaite

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Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories include the epidemic calendar, what the sound of a sunrise on Mars is like and how your brain can inhibit previously planned actions.

By Grace Chan

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Ask an alumnus – Seema Mayank!

As unbelievable it sometimes seems, our life does not end on the day we get our PhDs, it’s quite the opposite really- we’re starting our careers! Sometimes it’s difficult to say what your next step will be – as PhD experience gives us so much that you can be almost anything! If you’re lost or a little unsure about what you want to do after PhD, the best way to find out is to ask around and that’s exactly what we’re doing! 

We’ve had a catch up with Seema Mayank, who did her PhD with Jim McDonnell, and is now a biophysicist at UCB! Seema shares how she discovered that after all, she’s happiest in the lab, and if there’s one advice she would give us, is to go out there and talk about our science! More below!

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Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories include the dangers of cat poop to marine life, the secret to Da Vinci’s artistry and how Burger King is trying to ruin your sleep.

By Claudia Owczarek

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Ask an Alumnus – Joe Dwyer!

As unbelievable it sometimes seems, our life does not end on the day we get our PhDs, it’s quite the opposite really- we’re starting our careers! Sometimes it’s difficult to say what your next step will be – as PhD experience gives us so much that you can be almost anything! If you’re lost or a little unsure about what you want to do after PhD, the best way to find out is to ask around and that’s exactly what we’re doing! 

We’ve talked to Joe Dwyer, he did his PhD with Elisabeth Ehler at the Randall Centre for Cell and Molecular Biophysics and Cardiovascular Division, where he looked at the role of FHOD1 in the heart. After his PhD, Joe worked in the pharmaceutical market research, but then he followed his heart (pun intended) and now he’s a yoga teacher!

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Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories include scaring birds away, climate change warnings and the effect of a solar eclipse on bees.

By Tom Phillips

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A day in the life (3rd year PhD student)

Hi! My name is Marius and I just started my third PhD year. I am a joint Crick-KCL student and spend my time between two institutions, the Crick and Randall. At Crick, I am a part of Katrin Rittinger’s group where I study ubiquitin E3 ligases using experimental techniques, while at Randall, in Franca Fraternali’s lab, I perform computational simulations to gain atomistic insight into dynamical properties of E3 ligases. The overall aim of my project is to combine experiments and simulations to understand the dynamic properties of E3 ligases. So how does this look on a day to day basis? This was my Friday.

By Marius Kausas

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