Nobel Prize 2018: The Victory March of Immunotherapy

Autumn has arrived. Time to walk along streets lined with colorful leaves, collect chestnuts (yes, plural, because one can never have too many chestnuts in his or her coat pockets), drink a warm cup of tea, and make oneself comfortable on the sofa. Well, and to decide who will be this year’s Nobel Prize winners! On Monday, October 1st 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of … Continue reading Nobel Prize 2018: The Victory March of Immunotherapy »

Lab Fails – your pain is our gain! (part 2)

A heartfelt laugh helps us to learn and remember things – that’s scientifically proven! Thus, I recently started our new series on lab fails. We’ve all been there and we’ve all done that – life in general but especially as a lab beginner is tough. Luckily, failure and – even better and probably way more amusing – studying other people’s misfortunes is a precious educational … Continue reading Lab Fails – your pain is our gain! (part 2) »

Orcas – a killer whale’s empathy

In our modern society individuality, striking social media profiles and straight careers are valued more than ever. We constantly need to prove ourselves and stand out. Naturally, science, research and careers have always been competitive. All of us should follow our dreams and the pursuit of happiness. However, as latest developments across the globe show formidably, our world has become very small and corporate and … Continue reading Orcas – a killer whale’s empathy »

Lab Fails – your pain is our gain!

Success is everywhere. At least this is what everybody likes to tell me. Grants are permitted, experiments work, history is made. Still, it’s 2018 and even three years after the predicted launch of hover boards I find myself walking to my work place by foot – how frustrating is that? The reason for this delay in scientific progress is very simple: Success is always also … Continue reading Lab Fails – your pain is our gain! »

Free the pig from the poke! Slam your science!

Have you ever wondered about how non-scientists could benefit from your research? We as scientists try to understand every tiny bit of our universe and sometimes spend three or more years of our life unraveling a ridiculously tiny link between two proteins. For our research, we get a lot of public money from the people of our country but how do we give something back … Continue reading Free the pig from the poke! Slam your science! »

Consulting – Curious minds with business sense wanted

Is this job a perfect match? Our author, Klara, studied Molecular Biomedicine at different Universities across Germany. After her PhD at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Bonn she went for an internship in the Inhouse Consulting Department of a major pharmaceutical company. To explore other strategy consulting opportunities she joined an external consultancy firm. Here, our former colleague explains how she ended up in … Continue reading Consulting – Curious minds with business sense wanted »

Let’s talk about… science communication!

 It’s a widespread cliché that scientists wear glasses, coats, and beards (sorry, Ladies!) and like to spend their whole time in darkened laboratories. Even though this species of scientists might still exist, the modern example of researchers is more extroverted than ever – thanks to Twitter, Facebook and Co. The internet – and social media in particular – might not be the source of all … Continue reading Let’s talk about… science communication! »

United we stand – What Brexit teaches us about unity

I never gave much thought to the British referendum on whether or not the country would stay in the EU. To me it was almost a done deal, something David Cameron promised the people to appease them and secure votes. I found my head spinning the day after the referendum, when I realized that what we thought unthinkable actually was the conviction of 51% of … Continue reading United we stand – What Brexit teaches us about unity »

Blogging live: Jonas goes Down Under – part 2

Jonas Möcking is a PhD student participating in the Bo&MeRanG project, a joint programme of the Universities Bonn and Melbourne. After two years of research in Prof Matthias Geyer’s Lab in Bonn working on the molecular basis of the inflammasome complex, he continues his studies in Melbourne with Prof Seth Masters. We accompany Jonas on his journey, which began on Wednesday, 28th February, and his … Continue reading Blogging live: Jonas goes Down Under – part 2 »

Blogging live: Jonas goes Down Under

Jonas Möcking is a PhD student participating in the Bo&MeRanG project, a joint programme of the Universities Bonn and Melbourne. After two years of research in Prof Matthias Geyer’s Lab in Bonn working on the molecular basis of the inflammasome complex, he continues his studies in Melbourne with Prof Seth Masters. We accompany Jonas on his journey, which begins on Wednesday, 28th February, and his … Continue reading Blogging live: Jonas goes Down Under »