Science, discussed.

Change accelerates stalled evolution

Evolution can get stuck. When no mutations are available that can improve the fitness of an organism, evolution cannot proceed. However, using environmental fluctuations that are ubiquitous in nature, evolution … Continue reading


The STEM pipeline as a an analogy and why it is problematic

So, for the last few weeks I have been thinking on the concept of the STEM pipeline as a descriptor of science career and why I think this is problematic. … Continue reading

22/10/2015 · 2 Comments

Helping each other write better science

Hi everyone I am back ! According to wordpress my last post was 3 months ago !!! That is way to long without writing, this new semester has been really … Continue reading

16/10/2015 · 1 Comment

#Plutoflyby showed a side of scientists people rarely get to see… that we are people with feelings

It is very rare that people outside science can catch a glimpse of what it feels to accomplish something in science. Scientists don’t receive a huge media coverage when a … Continue reading

15/07/2015 · 1 Comment

Poll: Have dissertations outlived their usefulness in science?

Several friends of mine have been recently finishing their Ph.D. dissertations, which of course were the cause of much stress: they tend to be quite long (100+ pages usually) and … Continue reading

15/07/2015 · 12 Comments

Rate of protein evolution is determined by functional importance and constraints.

After the evolution of DNA sequencing technologies, recording genotype on a large scale has become possible and ever so cheaper too. The the large influx of genomics data resulted in booming research in … Continue reading


The importance of mentorship and career guidance in academic training

Here is brief reminder that academic skills (“number of high impact papers”) are not the only goals of graduate and post-doctoral training. Most graduates will not pursue an academic career – they … Continue reading

24/06/2015 · Leave a comment

Beyond the Career Gap: The message the Tim Hunt saga is sending to girls

I avoided writing about Tim Hunt. I felt I didn’t have anything new to add to the conversation because there had been so many great pieces outlining why comments like … Continue reading

21/06/2015 · 9 Comments

Steven Pinker or according to him how evolutionary psychology “explains” the gender gap in science

Welcome to the third installment on the scientists portrayed in Declan Fahy’s book “The New Celebrity Scientists”. Click if you haven’t read the introduction, part 1 and part 2. This week … Continue reading

21/05/2015 · 1 Comment

Discovering genetic variants from de novo assembly of high-throughput sequencing

High-throughput sequencing is dominating genetics research (and a lot of biotech) because of its speed, low cost, and the resulting abundance of data.  But it still has some major shortcomings.  … Continue reading

02/05/2015 · Leave a comment


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