Well, it can’t always be amazing or easy. So to stick to this blog being an honest diary I will just tell it like it is. September was a tough month for me but it was also a month where I have got the most things done! It might not be much but keeping these baby steps in mind will help me build a picture of what I have achieved over time. And yes, I know I have to not be so hard on myself but when you’re in a deep dark hole it can be difficult to think logically.
*Translation: A bit of August in Copenhagen. I’ve not spent the whole month in Copenhagen because my granddad, who lived a good life and to a ripe old age, passed away at the beginning of this month and I took compassionate leave to attend his funeral in Hong Kong. The positive side to this trip was that we got to meet our two newest cousins — a 3-year old girl and an 18-month old girl who were very cute and definitely brought joy to the occasion. In addition, I also had two planned weekends away! (It is summer after all. And I now live in Denmark where summer holidays are a human right.)
Elaine Emmerson, Postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco, USA
Elaine started her academic career as a research technician at the University of Manchester. Six months into a project investigating impaired wound healing, she realised that academic research was her true calling and started a PhD a year later. After her PhD she was awarded a prestigious fellowship from The Healing Foundation, naming her the David Hammond Charitable Foundation Postdoctoral Research Associate. After her PhD, she made the transatlantic journey to UCSF as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Program in Craniofacial Biology.