Revising and troubleshooting … two sides of the same coin

One of the most important aspects of successful science is in the revising of talks, manuscripts, and grant proposals and in the troubleshooting of experiments. If you think about it, revising and troubleshooting are essentially the same process with one applied to improving communication and the ot...


Alternative Careers for Science PhDs – Part II: Regulatory Affairs

Postdoctoral fellowships provide budding scientists with the advanced training necessary to prepare us for the next step in our careers. Traditionally, these fellowships are geared toward a future in academic research. For most of us, however, as I described in my first post, our career paths will l...


The dreaded “Conclusions” chapter

I’ve sent rough drafts of my research chapters to my boss, but I’m having an unbelievable bout of writers’ block for the conclusions chapter. I have a section at the end of every research chapter with conclusions, some discussion and implications, and future directions. These are standard item...


Stepping outside of academia in the comfort of your own room – Virtual Job Summit!

You know that an academic life may not be the right one for you, but what do you do now?  For many people, myself included, the academic path has been a straightforward one that offered little opportunity to learn about the other career choices available in the world.  Even as I knew I wan...


Greetings, Bio Careers crowd!

I am excited to serve as a guest blogger for Bio Careers. Please allow me to introduce myself - my name is Meghan Mott, and I am a postdoctoral fellow at NIH. I work in the Laboratory of Molecular Physiology at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Our lab uses zebrafish to model s...


Chasing Utopia

My post today involves a different flavor. You will come across many instructive articles on Bio Careers and elsewhere on the Internet job search and the current economy, so let me tell you right now, I shall not be talking of any of these.The 14 Steps to freedom, 3 moves to marketing and the ever-g...


Invitation to the Cog-Neuro Colloquium

Every researcher has got to tell the world what he/she has been working on for all those Saturday nights when he/she didn't go out. So that's what I'll be doing March 20 at the City College of New York Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium! Come and join the discussion on the neuroscience of pop music, ...


Life after PhD

My life after obtaining a Ph.D. has been one that’s filled with change and opportunities.  Since I graduated from the Neuroscience Program at the University of Michigan last summer, I have launched campus organizations, led my own entrepreneurial team in exciting projects, became a postdoctor...


Knowing when to punt

Knowing when to punt is an important part of creativity. Sometimes, some ideas don’t work out how you expect them to and knowing when to let them go can be the difference between going stale and going forward.


Philanthropy: your next source of funding?

How many of us have heard that getting grants is much harder now than it was in the “good old days?”  Well, I have only been researching full time since I began my postgraduate research, which was 11 years ago, and I don’t think I see a change.  Maybe I am not old enough to really se...