Meet The Scientist- Alice Godden

Hello everyone. It has been quite some time since the last “Meet the scientist” feature- but sometimes it is worth the wait!

It would like to introduce you all to the lovely Alice Godden. Alice is a 2nd year PhD student based in the Wheeler lab at the University of East Anglia.  The Wheeler lab specialises in the investigation of tissue development, by using the model organism Xenopus, which is an African claw-toed frog.  As well as doing some super interesting work into tissue development. Alice is a great science communicator and has recently written an article in the science magazine Wonk, given a talk at the latest pint of science event, and presented her research in under 3 minutes as part of the 3-minute thesis competition.

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Meet the Scientist- Eirini Xemantilotou

Hi Everyone!

It is time you to meet another scientist this week I would like to introduce you to Eirini Xemantilotou who is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of St Andrews and the James Hutton Institute.

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Advice and tips from current PhDs

A PhD takes time (3-4 years in fact, and even longer in the States!) but during our first year, we sometimes forget this!

For me, when I look back, I realise that first year was the year of learning- understanding new techniques and concepts, getting a grip with the new lab equipment, and doing a lot of reading, but at the time I know I stressed about not having data, and where my project was going.

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There is more to the PhD than the PhD

Everyone has a different approach to their PhD: there are people who come in to do the PhD, and go home, and there are the ones who get involved in societies, outreach and science communication. Each to their own. But for me- being able to get involved in outreach and science communication is one of the things I truly love.

Why should you get involved in Science communication and Outreach?

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Conference Life

I love conferences- I have always enjoyed learning and listening about new science, so to be able to have a few days devoted to science and hearing about the science happening in other labs across the world is amazing.

Conferences are a really important part of PhD life- as they get you networking, and talking about your science to others. I have been lucky enough to attend a huge variety of conferences over the last 3 years- from the student run NoCASS at the John Innes Centre, to the Annual Science Meeting based in Norwich, to International conferences like Solgenomics.

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