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Getting back in the groove of things

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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.


June 2010
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I’m somewhat back. I had a meeting this morning with the boss and he seemed encouraged about some results I got last week. Nothing too earth shattering, but exciting nonetheless. My work is definitely cut out for me in the next week and I’m hoping that on Friday I can have something conclusive to show AND (somewhat more importantly) ask (or inform) about the impending vacation the BF and I are planning to take. At this point I can only say we’ve got tickets for a lovely place in Europe and I definitely hope to have more news about this soon. I may write a 28 and a PhD vacation “guide” regarding our destination, but that will invariably have to wait until I’ve got official confirmation.

As promised, I’m back on my PMDD meds and things are starting to look better, but I’m not super well just yet. I hope to be back at full, operating speed soon.

Best wishes and I hope you are enjoying your summer. xoxo



1 Comment

  1. […] – Got back on my PMDD medicine, blogged a bit more frequently and got some good bits of data, not enough to put into a new paper, […]

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