Dark, cold Octphởber in Copenhagen

Dark, cold Octphởber in Copenhagen

October kick started with a weekend in Manchester to discuss papers and to get some loving from my boyfriend’s cat! There was also a weekend in London for catch ups, birthday and engagement parties. I also fitted in a visit from a Manchester friend, tried a few new restaurants, and made some progress at work! It was getting really dark here – last Thursday I cycled to and from work in the dark. Those 2° difference in sun angle compared to Manchester makes a difference! But now the clocks have gone back and the mornings are not too bad anymore.

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Cat cuddles make everything better

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Post-PhD career profile – Associate Medical Writer at QXV Comms

Post-PhD career profile – Associate Medical Writer at QXV Comms

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Becky took some time to travel around Asia before returning to Manchester

Becky Hurst, Associate Medical Writer at QXV Comms, Manchester, UK

Becky did her PhD in Immunology at the University of Manchester. After her PhD, she stayed as a postdoc in the same lab to publish some papers. She then decided to make the bold move to Singapore to do a second postdoc at Nanyang Technological University. “During my second post-doc I decided that I wanted to:

  1. Move back to the uk;
  2. Have a more structured job with shorter deadlines;
  3. Not have to stay at work until 3am on the flow cytometer!

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Post-PhD career profile – Medical Writer at Nucleus Global

Post-PhD career profile – Medical Writer at Nucleus Global

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Amanda graduated from her PhD in Immunology from the University of Manchester

Amanda Gallagher, Medical Writer at Nucleus Global, Manchester, UK

After her PhD in Immunology Amanda stayed at the University of Manchester and undertook a postdoc position involving immunology and biochemistry for 3 years. She made the decision to not apply for another postdoc position. “It wasn’t an easy decision as there are aspects of academia that I really loved, but ultimately I decided that I wanted a permanent job with a more well-defined career progression.

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Post-PhD career profile – Medical Student at the University of Manchester

Post-PhD career profile – Medical Student at the University of Manchester

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Caroline went back to university to study medicine after her PhD

Caroline Drake, Medical Student at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Caroline did her PhD in the stroke field at the University of Manchester. Her thesis was entitled ‘Systemic inflammation and its impact on the brain’ where she investigated inflammatory changes in the brain prior to a stroke event. Due to the clinical implications of her project, she became increasingly interested in disease processes in people and began looking into her career options and decided to study medicine remaining at the University of Manchester. “I loved research but when I thought about my future I felt that being involved with a patient’s journey as opposed to just their disease was more the path for me. I also liked the fact that later on I could continue to do research and wouldn’t be closing the door on this all together.”

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Post-PhD career profile – Research Business Manager at the University of Manchester

Post-PhD career profile – Research Business Manager at the University of Manchester

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Zoher has always been entrepreneurial and took advantage of training opportunities during his PhD

Zoher Kapacee, Research Business Manager at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Zoher did is PhD in Cell-Matrix Biology at the University of Manchester where he was trying to understand collagen synthesis and deposition during tendon development. His PhD work set up a 3D fibrous tissue culture system. Due to the financial recession at the time, Zoher felt that there were few employment opportunities outside of academia and so moved to a different lab in Manchester as a postdoc for a project that had more translational and commercial potential. As his work involved induced pluripotent stem cells, which meant he had a lot of cell culture every day of the week, he felt that the reward for his hard work was not proportional. “I published a couple of papers that not many people have read.” He was also fed up of the short 4-month contracts (totalling 2 years) that was offered by the funding model. He applied for a fellowship and received positive reviews but they penalised him for staying at Manchester commenting that it showed ‘limited independence’.

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My favourite restaurants in Manchester

My favourite restaurants in Manchester

I’m going to attempt to make lists from my choice of places to eat. This will be my first. As you know already, I love eating but I just luuurve eating out. It’s the whole experience I like: the decor (including themed/decorated toilets), looking at the menu, getting great service (more about that another time!), delighting in how the food looks, the atmosphere of the place and of course, how the food tastes! Here are my favourite 4 restaurants to dine at in Manchester and why they made the list (in no particular order): Read more