All posts tagged: academia

Couples Counselling for Zebrafish: How to Optimize Breeding Efficiency

Are you a scientist working with zebrafish? Are you having trouble making zebrafish couples mating? Are you tired of wasting your time staring at them swimming around, with no intention of spawning a single egg for your experiments? Read my article “COUPLES COUNSELLING FOR ZEBRAFISH: HOW TO OPTIMIZE BREEDING EFFICIENCY,” originally published on Bitesize Bio. It’s Sunday morning, the sun has just begun to rise, and you find yourself on the way to the lab (again!), sipping hot coffee and melancholically thinking of your abandoned bed. But something is different this time. Today, the freezing-cold wind blowing from behind is not the only motivation pushing you to sacrifice another weekend in the name of science. Today, you will perform the experiment that will boost your scientific career—you can bet on that!  And then lose. Only an hour later, indeed, a way less motivated version of yourself is staring hopelessly at a bunch of zebrafish couples lazily swimming around, with no intention of spawning a single egg for your “Nature” cover. If you work with zebrafish (Danio rerio) as …

“I keep the positives of science into focus”: an interview with Prof. Marianne Bronner

As a member of the Women in Science network from CiM, I have recently interviewed Prof. Marianne Bronner, a professor of developmental biology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). We discussed her point of view on issues like impostor’s syndrome, mentorship strategies, and the importance of motivating young female scientists by projecting the positive and fun aspects of a scientific career. You can read the full interview here: An interview with Prof. Marianne Bronner    

“What matters most in doing research is enjoying the process”: an interview with Prof. Anna Akhmanova

Prof. Anna Akhmanova, a professor of cell biology at Utrecht University, has recently given a talk as part of the lecture series ‘Pioneers in Cell Dynamics and Imaging’ organized by the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence (CiM) in Muenster, Germany. In that occasion, I had the pleasure to interview her and get to know her point of view on pros and cons of a career in academia, the greatest challenges of mentorship, and the role of women in science. You can read the interview here: An interview with Prof. Anna Akhmanova