5 tips for getting into computational biology

By Fatima Vayani, King’s College London

I discovered computational biology (or bioinformatics, as it is also known) by chance during an internship when I was 17. I have always been a curious person, and from a young age was inclined to the life sciences. Having been surrounded by computers since childhood, however, I was excited by the notion of exploring nature without having to be in nature itself. Those who prefer not to work in the field or in a wet lab still have the ability to do biological research through computation!

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How to find the right mentor for you

By Claudia Bonfio, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

I always thought that being a Postdoc was going to be better and easier than being a PhD student. And this was my feeling when I enthusiastically packed my life in a suitcase and moved to Cambridge from Italy, ready for my new postdoctoral adventure. My dream was then to become a group leader in a top university. It took me about 2 weeks in my new Postdoc life to understand that I was completely wrong. It was not better or easier. I felt completely lost, with no clues about what my future in research would be.

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The best laid plans…10 top tips for planning a conference as a PhD student!

By Meg Booth, University of Cambridge

At the start of my PhD I decided to seek out some careers advice. I was told that many PhD students spend 100% of their time in the lab and neglect their all-important CVs. For jobs both in and out of academia, having a couple of stand out points on your CV is as important as the PhD itself. During my undergraduate degree I worked part time doing event promotions for a national radio station and the University of Liverpool. Therefore, the logical decision was to organise an event for other PhD students!

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One size doesn’t fit all – 5 things I learned from quitting my PhD

By Matthew Sinton, University of Edinburgh

I remember the moment that the email dropped into my inbox. It was the 29th of February, at 5.05pm, and I had given up hope of hearing about my PhD application that day. I opened the email with trepidation, excitement, and dread. I had poured so much energy into preparing my PhD application that a lot was wrapped up in this.

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