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Questions tagged [biology]

On standards or conventions specific to biology as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field

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Should I decline unrelated work assigned by PhD advisor?

During the past years of my PhD program in biology, my advisor has developed a habit of lending my service to other labs/groups for potential collaborating opportunities. In addition to helping fellow ...
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Can I not ask my advisor for recommendation letter if I'm applying for an industry job?

I'm currently in my fifth year of my PhD in a molecular biology lab, and I have since last year decided to transition to computational biology field. My advisor is very much into molecular biology ...
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Completing a Microbiology PhD in a hospital research institute rather than university

I'm considering doing my PhD work in a research institute of a hospital which is associated with my university (joint appointments). What are some advantages and disadvantages to this? Is it wise to ...
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I want to do a masters in Biology, but I hate lab work [closed]

I have one year left of my Biology degree in the UK, and I want to do a masters. I love biology and I enjoy learning, specifically in cellular and cancer biology. However, I do not enjoy labs, I find ...
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How to avoid personal issues interfering with my Ph.D. studies?

Background My life had (and still has) difficult problems (chronic disease and its consequences: social isolation, anxiety, having to take extra measures to take care of my health...). As a ...
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Does anybody have some research papers writing advices?

I am writing a biology research paper. My topic is related to organs transplantation (current issues, ethical problems etc). I have written a draft and showed it to my professor. She was satisfied ...
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How can I get a postdoctoral position in neuroscience after completing my PhD in Mechanical Engineering?

I recently completed my PhD in mechanical engineering and have been applying for postdocs in neuroscience for the past 5 months. My field is dynamical systems theory and statistics, so I look up ...
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Rules for notifying co-authors about re-presenting a project at a conference

I am a PhD student in molecular biology & bioinformatics in Australia. I have previously presented one of my projects as a poster at a conference. This was sent for review to all co-authors, ...
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Choosing between a masters at a top tier university, and a PhD at a lower tier university [closed]

I'm in a difficult situation, although I understand that I'm very lucky to be in this position. I'm a final year UK chemical engineering student expecting a mid-high first class B.Eng degree from a ...
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How do I balance interests within a specialized PhD? Do I simply read a lot outside my field?

I'm going to get a Master's in Artificial Intelligence, likely a PhD in Molecular Biology afterwards. I'm thinking I can do computer vision as a hobby while putting most of my energy toward ...
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Soon to have a PhD in theoretical biology - now what? [closed]

So, in a bit more than 1 year, I will have my PhD. I have been doing well, I will probably with 4 papers published by the end of it. However, I have been feeling a bit empty. I feel like I started ...
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People with multiple PhDs and People teach in different departments

Is it allowed for people to obtain multiple PhDs at different stages of their career? I am thinking of Phys and Bio. Then regardless of that, is it allowed to teach in different departments at one or ...
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In biology, can one publish results that were already published in a conference proceedings?

In my old field (a subdiscipline of computer science) it's not unusual to publish a preliminary version of a paper in a conference proceedings, and then later submit an updated version to a journal, ...
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Is it possible for people to go into math or physics fields from a degree in biology?

On this website (and on the Internet in general), it looks to be in vogue for physicists and mathematicians to move into biological fields to apply their mathematical knowledge and also the general ...
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Five-year cutoff for postdocs?

I am currently a postdoc in a genomics lab, doing computational work. I will be completing three years in the lab, this fall (this in the US). I graduated with a PhD in theoretical physics in 2012 (US ...
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Is it bad to teach high school science for a few years before attending graduate school? [closed]

I've just graduated with my BS. I have been offered a job to teach biology at a christian university prep academy. I desperately need the money, and I was raised religiously, so I expect that I will ...
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Change of research field from physics to biology [closed]

I would like to know if disciplines such as cell biology and genetics or research areas such as cancer need physicists. I am getting a PhD in biophysics, however, it did not involve biology directly. ...
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Where can I do a research paper or thesis without enrolling in a college or university?

I am not seeking a masters or PhD degree, but I would like to do a research paper and have it peer reviewed academically? Is this possible? If so, where and how to do it? Addendum: Thank you for ...
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How much money can you get at Canadian Research universities versus US Research Universities in engineering/CS/Computational biology?

What is the common range of research money can you get at Canadian Research universities versus US Research Universities in engineering/CS/Computational biology? I am asking on some idea from personal ...
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Does staying in a Master's program for too long look bad on PhD applications?

I am currently a (USA) Master's student studying biochemistry. I intend to get a PhD after my Master's but I am doing a Master's first because my husband is going to finish his PhD and want to move to ...
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Found reply for a research application from 2 months ago in my junk mail

I am a third year undergraduate biology major student. At the beginning of this quarter, I sent out a bunch of emails looking for research opportunities. I heard back from some of them and got a ...
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What is the UK equivalent of a PC 2 laboratory?

In New Zealand and Australia we use the term 'physical containment' (PC) to describe structures and procedures designed to prevent the release of viable organisms into the environment. As far as I am ...
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Dr.rer physiol. title in Germany

I am a future PhD student here in Germany and I am worried about whether the PhD German title (Dr.rer.physiol.) will be accepted internationally in general and in Germany in particular. In fact here ...
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Changing study fields

After reading countless posts about this topic, I still can't find my answer. I'm a little lost on the future study plan... I am currently studying Advertising and PR but do not have an amazing ...
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How to get a list of uniquely named and widely used datasets in different domains [closed]

This is a rather broad question, so I apologize in advance. I have been trying to find uniquely named datasets that are widely used in different domains. Eg, in the following sentence: We used two ...
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Effect of bland cover letter for journal submission in biology

I'm not used to writing covering letters for journal submissions, and I believe this is pretty standard in maths. However, I got into a conversation with a friend in biology, who said they expect to ...
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Is there any Master or Ph.D. programme that involves Mathematics, Philosophy and Biology?

I majored in Business and Economics a few years ago and right now I'm looking for a master or PhD in Mathematics because I am quite passionate about it, but I just don't really know in which program ...
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Getting a masters in WildLife Biology after receiving a PhD in math advice

I am currently working on getting my PhD in theoretical math. My dream has always been to work with animals and help preserve our wildlife. I would like to become a wildlife biologist. I checked some ...
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Going rate for scientific consultancy to federal governmental entity [closed]

What is the going rate for consulting for a federal government entity. I am a scientist with 42 years of experience in the field.
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How to spot problematic pictures in a publication? [duplicate]

A few professors from the National Taiwan University were caught manipulating experimental data in their publications on several prestigious journals this year. They were accused of using the same ...
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Will one flawed grade outside of my major from my freshman year affect graduate school? [duplicate]

I'm an English major and planning to apply to graduate schools. My freshman year I originally planned to be a bio major due to pressures from my family. I had to take chemistry and biology, which soon ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD in molecular/cell biology/genetics without work with mice? How to find such a lab?

I don't want to kill any more mice, but my advisor insists that I must in order to get my PhD I read the above post and I realized that I will be sailing in the same boat. I am planning to get ...
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Applying for Phd at two different departments, in the same university, but very relevant fields. Would it harm my admission?

Biophysics and Condensed matter physics interests me. I am more inclined towards biophysics. Would it weaken my application if i applied to both the biophysics program (Biological sciences department)...
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Are there any journals where I can publish a research proposal? [closed]

Just curious, are there any journals where I can publish research proposals? I know there is one (Research Ideas and Outcomes) out there, but are there any others?
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Are there any online platforms where I can discuss my research idea with experts? [closed]

I have several research ideas (oncology and virology) that I want to discuss with professors/experts, so I am looking for an online platform where the ideas can be shared and discussed. However, other ...
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Life sciences publishers that support/encourage collaborative manuscript review?

Full disclosure: I'm asking this as a displacement activity while I should be reviewing a paper. Given how well journal clubs etc work, it has occurred to me a few times that reviewing a manuscript ...
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Mistakes post publication

I just discovered some mistake after the online publication? There are two mistakes- instead of figure S4A (supplementary figure), it says Figure S3A at two places. It's very embarrassing, should I ...
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When should service providers (core or external) expect authorship?

There are a number of areas of biology research where specialist knowledge requirements or expensive equipment mean that it's more efficient to outsource work to core or external facilities. This ...
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Public archives for PhD thesis

I am aware that PhD theses can be self archived in university site, personal webpage or sites like researchgate (ePrint Archive for PhD Dissertation in the Social Sciences). I am not really fond of ...
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Differences between subfields of biology related to mathematics?

My undergraduate studies were in the area of applied mathematics and statistics and I am interested in doing postgraduate studies in the area of mathematical biology. But when I looked into different ...
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Following up with a potential supervisor

I have been applying to join up for an MSc in Universities in Canada. One particular faculty member conditionally expressed his interest in being my supervisor. The dept is considering applications ...
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Which undergraduate major leads to a research career in development of new medical drugs?

Let's say someone wants to study biochemistry and his main goal is to do research in drug design (development of new drugs). So, his main interests concerns with Pharmacology, right? However, there ...
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Research in computational neuroscience or computational medicine in Europe [closed]

How popular is research in computational neuroscience, or computational medicine in (mainland) Europe? I'm aware that INRIA in France does some good work, but do you know any other such groups and ...
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What are the differences between PhD programs in the US and UK? (biology/bioinformatics)

A significant part of the PhD process in the US involves deciding on and doing the background research for your project. Is it true that in the UK you basically get a predetermined project handed to ...
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Do professors from different fields use the same data set in different ways?

I have no experience with data analysis but a data analysis project was offered to me in the past by one of my math professors. It would have been a PCA project, where PCA means "Principle Component ...
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Minor revision- Editor implied to do the experiment, however a rebut would clarify the issue

We recently received comments from the reviewers after revision. Comments were positive, one reviewer asked us to do an experiment. EES status says its minor revision, editor's email do not say it's a ...
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How to avoid letters while searching pubmed portal?

I am retrieving disease related articles from pPMC. Some of the articles contain letters starting with "Dear friends" , "Dear Editor", etc. Can these be considered valid articles? How to filter the ...
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I don't want to kill any more mice, but my advisor insists that I must in order to get my PhD

When my supervisor pitched the PhD to me, it was all about analyzing "big data". I had BSc/MSc experience in wet-lab biology (mainly culturing cells), however I wanted to branch out into ...
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How to reply to an unofficial offer from my second choice when I also have an unofficial offer from my first choice?

Here is my situation. I am looking for a post-doc position. I have two choices, A and B. My first choice is A. And I already got an un-official offer from A. I was told that A is working on a ...
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A career path for synthetic biology

I am thinking about a career in synthetic biology, but I am not sure what route should/needs to be taken. I don't want to do technician work--I want to be involved in the planning. Y'know, the ...