• Whether to stay in academia or leave it, that is the question.

    by: in: Education, Musingson October 28, 2016

    The challenging question arises right after or few months before PhD graduation: whether to stay in academia or leave it for an industrial career. The answer obviously depends on the personal attitude and the opportunities available at the time. However, as a PhD student you have to foresee certain points in order to make an appropriate career decision.

  • The spirit of self-efficacy: origins, roles and real life performances!

    by: in: Musings, Philosophyon October 26, 2016

    You might remember the famous children’s story The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper.

    “As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, “I–think–I–can, I–think–I–can.” It reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, “I thought I could, I thought I could.”

  • Capillary effects: from garden to lab applications

    by: in: Education, Researchon October 24, 2016

    As part of a project-based course, we are initiating students to micro-fluidic devices for medical diagnostics. The underlying principle is to automatize a diagnostic procedure typically done in a specialized laboratory and bring it to the point-of-care. Beyond automation, miniaturization offers a number of advantages including low fluid volumes (implying smaller patient sample, less waste and lower reagent costs), faster analysis and potential for highly compact systems, all of which make these so called “lab-on-a-chip” approaches ideal candidates for the development of point-of-care diagnostic devices.

  • Water cooled coffee bean grinding and how things taking longer can open up new possibilities

    by: in: Protocolson September 29, 2016

    Time is money, so the saying goes, so a lot of resources are spent in every aspect of life on making things go faster. However, this is also valid in reverse – one can often save a lot of resources if one is able and willing to wait. I could buy a computer doing the calculations twice as fast, or I could just wait twice as long.

  • Life management – Part 1

    by: in: About us, Educationon September 20, 2016

    After a timeout with my family for a year, I am happy to have the opportunity to work as a scientific lab manager again. Here I’m going to share some of my experiences I take from home to be more efficient at work.