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Sick again and good news

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Hello there, awesome reader. My name is Dr. 27. I'm older than that now, but I'm staying faithful to the origins of the blog.

This blog started 2 months before completing my PhD in a pretty southern university back in 2009. It was a way to practice my writing and take a break from all things thesis. My PhD is in a branch of structural biology where I studied some rather impressive stuff.

After completing the degree, I packed my life of 6 years in 3 days and moved to Canada to do a postdoc in a completely different field. Two years later, and after attending a lot of seminars, workshops and doing some much-needed soul-searching, I ended up getting out and looking for an alternative path to academia and industry.

The blog chronicles my mishaps, ideas, musings and tips on entering, staying and finishing grad school. It also talks about some (or a lot) of personal stuff. For a while, the blog became a place to talk about the frustrations of not knowing what to do after PhD. I wanted to explore alternatives to the traditional paths of research (academia, industry and goverment) whilst going back to my field of training (if at all possible). Eventually a job materialized. Follow my quest as I navigate the waters of being a staff scientist at a core facility.


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For whatever reason I am sick again. I don’t remember if I wrote here about the last time I was sick. I had a bit of a fever for 2 days, then it was all coughing and sneezing. That was almost 2 months ago. I am now with what appears to be a cold ….. I’m sneezing, my voice is almost gone and I’m all congested. So, my apologies for not writing as often as I should.

A few days ago I ran one of the columns that was giving me trouble and I am happy to report it is now working well, and my protein is looking awesome. Let’s see if I can now start forming the complexes I need.

The rest of the good news is that a) my daddy’s contract came through and he’s keeping his job (he loves what he does) and b) my contract also came through a few weeks ago. In part that’s also why I wasn’t writing, as I didn’t want to look lazy by updating the blog while in the lab (where the muse usually hits me).

I have yet to buy my ticket to go to graduation, but I asked the boss if I could go and he gave me a look of why not?! So, I have now all the proper channels working for me to attend graduation.

Hope you’re having a great weekend. I hope to start writing more often ASAP.


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