First of all I'm way happy and thankful to share this space, for the next two weeks, with a huge group of peeps I admire and love. I think I started screaming when I got the DM about guest blogging on Scientopia, yay!!
I don't have a clear cut plan about what I'll write, but it will be a bit personal, a bit about my current career choices and maybe an opinion piece or two. Feel free to comment and ask anything you want. Who knows ... maybe my last post will be answering any questions you have about me or my blog, or career choice or my cat.
So ... who am I (for those who don't already know)??
Well, I'm a 30 year old female, that decided that it was smart to attend grad school after finishing a bachelor's in biology almost 10 years ago (no, no, it didn't take me 10 years to finish the PhD, phew!). I moved to the South to go to a somewhat small, relatively well-known school to get a PhD in structural biology. That wasn't my original plan. I'd done research as an undergrad in biochem and mol bio, and though I was deeply impressed with structural biology I never really thought I "had" it in me to become one. Thinking back about the things that I really liked looking and reading about as an undergrad, they centered around the branch of structural biology I learned and did in grad school, left momentarily during my postdoc, and returned to as a staff scientist. I loved seeing the pictures and diagrams and explanations that my subfield of structural biology offers. It really thrills me to work in said subfield.
I believe in working on something that excites and thrills me. I get all giddy when some of my favourite scientists publish their work. I love going to their lectures, sending geeky emails (oh you should see my emails, you'd be ROFL so bad!!) and just enjoying what they discover and how I can (in a small way) contribute to it. I believe the thrill of discovery is what keeps science going, and what should keep us going, no matter how tight the funding is, or how crappy the labmates (or boss) may (sometimes) be.
One of the first things you'll notice when you meet me outside of Twitter or my other blogs, is that I celebrate the little things that happen in the lab (well, most of the time, poor hon gets to see my nasty side sometimes .... it's not pretty). Science still amazes me, even after having a rough patch during my postdoc. I'll tell you more about that later. I smile a lot (or so I've been told), and I love talking to people about science and the impact it has on their daily lives. I love explaining what it is that I do, and where they can see it in action. But most of all, I love the thrill of discovery and how every time I get to use my hands and brain, I feel like this is what I was meant to do. I'm also a bit OCD about certain things, I can never remember stuff (so my desk is full of sticky notes, a trick I learned from my PhD mentor), I enjoy music (makes my commute bearable) and while I've been accused of being very, very outgoing (even ditzy! I was recently told I'm ditzy! lovely), I'm sometimes reserved and shy ... even if it's hard to believe.
Over the next two weeks I hope to give you glimpse into my world, as a daughter, girlfriend, and staff scientist. I'll share some of my happy and sad moments, and how I came to be who I am today.
Enjoy the ride!