27 and a PhD

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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 2012
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Thank you so much for your sweet comments on the previous post. It has been a sucky first half of 2012. I’m apprehensive about the next six months, to be honest.

One aspect where things are going better is life on the web. I seriously have some amazing contacts, and readers and commenters. I can’t give out many details yet, but a few guest appearances are brewing. I’ll update as they happen, when the happen. They will be good, so if you’re having a tough grad school or postdoc experience, please stay tuned. There is hope. Thanks for those that have helped and expressed interest already!

Hope you have a great week.

PS. I’m seeing my honey at the end of the week. That should be very good.

Oh … and I have tons of work, which is why I’m blogging a lot less and tweeting once in a while.


  1. Sean says:

    Keep rocking and am looking forward to hearing how your life on the web develops!

  2. […] a couple of entries ago I mentioned that although life in the flesh in 2012 sucked, life on the web was more promising. Now that some of these projects are live I can talk a bit more and share with you what’s […]

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