Category Archives: PhD Life

Bo&MeRanG – One PhD, Two Hemispheres

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My name is Christina and I am doing my PhD within the Bo&MeRanG program at the Universities of Bonn and Melbourne. Bonn and Melbourne, that is not an easy commute some people might think. True! But it is not as if I had to travel back and forth every week. In fact, I came to Melbourne twice and stayed there altogether for one year. The … Continue reading Bo&MeRanG – One PhD, Two Hemispheres »

Keep Calm and Janeway!

When I started my PhD I was a “newbie”. I was THE DEFINITION of newbie: inexperienced beginner, making the first steps in the wild and scary PhD world! I was driven by curiosity, passion and motivation and I was hungry to know more, to learn more, to develop my own ideas and find my own way to push forward the project I was assigned to. … Continue reading Keep Calm and Janeway! »

The Travel Ban: Are We All Affected?

About the author: US President Donald Trump’s travel ban is aimed to suspend the issuance of immigrant and non-immigrant visas of over 135 million people, from seven countries. This article is written by one of those 135 million people. A talented junior researcher from Germany, who was awarded by the Immunosensation travel grant in order to present her work in the Conference of American Society … Continue reading The Travel Ban: Are We All Affected? »

How meditation strengthens the immune system – healthier by not doing anything

Do you know these days when you are incredibly stressed out of your PhD? You feel that you are completely out of balance? You try to hold on and suddenly, just when you cannot afford it, you get sick. As if your body gives you the signal to slow down. Nowadays, it’s always about performance. Many even feel bad when they are less productive than … Continue reading How meditation strengthens the immune system – healthier by not doing anything »

Lab Fails – your pain is our gain! (part 3)

… it’s lab fail-time again! No, I’m not talking about the epic lab fail that just happened to you before you sat down and started reading this article. No worries. After all, I don’t possess clairvoyant abilities. I’m talking about all the lab fails that happen on a daily basis in laboratories all over the world. Thus, there’s plenty of material for us to read … Continue reading Lab Fails – your pain is our gain! (part 3) »

If you can’t work it out, do a workout!

A quick guide on becoming physically and mentally active for your Phd. You’re in the final year of your PhD and feel like you are just a few steps away from a total burnout? Your PI wants you to do more experiments to finally generate significant results after two or three – more or less – chaotic years of PhD? You want to start writing … Continue reading If you can’t work it out, do a workout! »