Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Of PhDs and Interviews

Ladies and gentlemen, there comes a special time in a scientist's life whereupon a qualification is earned. Blood, sweat, tears, and sometimes other bodily fluids are poured - over many years - into a project that, at first glance, appears insignificant. Over time, this project consumes the researcher and they form a symbiotic relationship: this is the doctoral studentship.

[caption id="attachment_204" align="alignright" width="359"]Awh yeah, baby. Spore of Clostridium botulinum under transmission electron microscope. Image courtesy of my thesis.[/caption]

At last, my journey is coming to an end. On Friday, January 30th, I will be defending my thesis "Alternative Sigma Factors F, E, G, and K in Clostridium botulinum Sporulation and Stress Response" at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Associate Professor Adriano Henriques will be my esteemed opponent in what is sure to be an enlightened and lively discussion on spores, bacterial evolution and the clostridia.

Updates here will be sporadic, if at all present, until February. Once this PhD is completed, the blog will be moving in a new direction and will focus less on daily news and more on informative features, current research, and interviews with scientists and researchers around the world.

If you are a researcher jn life sciences and would like the opportunity to talk about your work and field, please get in touch on twitter (see right) or email directly davekirkthinks@gmail.com

- Dave Kirk, Science Jerk

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